Lamborghini Jarama 400GT
Lamborghini first introduced the Jarama at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1970. In order to comply with American safety and emission regulations, it was deemed necessary to replace the Islero in Lamborghini’s line-up–the Jarama was just the car for the job. Giampaolo Dallara had left Sant’Agata, so the task fell to his former assistant and now chief engineer, Paolo Stanzini. He cleverly removed 10.7 inches from the Espada wheelbase, leaving most everything else intact.
The result was a husky, yet angular, 2+2 with flared wheel arches and NACA hood ducts, like the Espada, with unique hooded headlights all its own. The Jarama shared the wide track of the Espada, giving the small Lamborghini a broad-shouldered look that was attributed to Bertone’s Marcello Gandini. Body construction was farmed out to Marazzi (who designed and built the Islero’s bodywork). Lamborghini claimed a top speed of 162 mph for the new supercar. Just 177 400GTs were produced from 1971 through to 1973, before the model was upgraded to the 400 GTS status. Another 150 GTSs would be built through 1978, making the Jarama one of the rarer Lamborghini models.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
350 bhp, 3,929 cc DOHC V-12 engine, five-speed manual transmission, unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar, front and rear suspension, and front and rear disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,378 mm (93.6")
Source: RM Auctions
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