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SUNDAY 19th MARCH 2017
GOODWOOD CIRCUIT, CHICHESTER
1975 LAMBORGHINI URRACO P250S COUPE
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone
*One of an estimated ten right-hand drive models
*Circa 37,000 miles recorded
*Extensive recent refurbishment
*Colin Clarke replacement engine
'What this small Lamborghini can do, apart from provide reliable transport, is seduce the slightly disillusioned driver of a more mundane motor car into taking it out purely for the pleasure, and bring him back with a quickened pulse and a new sparkle in his eye.' –Autocar.
A 'small' Lamborghini intended to compete with rivals such as Ferrari's Dino 308 and Porsche's 911 in an important market sector, the Paolo Stanzani designed Urraco was announced in 1970, with deliveries commencing in 1972. Its Miura predecessor had been named after a breed of fighting bull so the name Urraco (young bull) was an understandable appellation for its smaller sibling. The Miura's basic mechanical layout was adopted for the Urraco but in place of the former's transversely mounted 4.0-litre V12 there was a 2.5-litre V8, Lamborghini's first such engine. The latter was unusual at the time in employing toothed rubber belts to drive its single overhead camshafts, but despite its simpler specification produced a highly respectable 220bhp at 7,500rpm. Styled by Marcello Gandini at Carrozzeria Bertone, the unitary construction Urraco employed McPherson strut suspension all round and despite a wheelbase 9cm shorter than the Miura's was roomy enough to accommodate a 2+2 cockpit. Brisk acceleration and a top speed of 143mph (230km/h) were complemented by leech-like roadholding and a comfortable ride. The more expensive P250S version came with electric windows, tinted glass, and leather upholstery as standard.
In 1974 the Urraco P250 was superseded by the 3.0-litre P300. Despite its basic soundness, superior performance, and numerous improvements, this latest version of the Urraco still failed to sell in significant numbers and when production ceased in 1978 only 205 P300s had been made compared with 520 of the more successful P250. Never the volume seller that its maker hoped for, the Urraco is much rarer than either the contemporary Ferrari Dino or Porsche 911. A car for the connoisseur.
One of an estimated ten right-hand drive models made, this beautiful Lamborghini Urraco P250S features chromed bumpers and Campagnolo alloy wheels. Over the last 18 months this car has been extensively overhauled. Works carried out include engine removal and full service (cam belt, etc); renewing the clutch; full carburettor rebuild; braking system overhaul; and fitting a new distributor, front struts, ball joints, and much more besides (all bills available).
This is the vendor's second Urraco and the fourth he has driven. He says that this seems the fastest of the four (its engine is a replacement Colin Clarke unit) and has the nicest brakes and best steering/front suspension damping. Many Urracos seem to suffer from front suspension damping issues; this car has remanufactured replacement top mounts (originals unobtainable) and comes with a spare set.
The bodywork and paint are said to be very good but not perfect, and the interior in good but used condition. The vendor focused on making this Urraco a 'turnkey' car and an reliable driver, as it is used like all his cars. All the electrics work - so are better than new! Described as in generally excellent condition, the car is MoT'd to June 2017 and comes with a V5C document. It is classed as an historic vehicle, so qualifies for zero-rate road tax. Italian style and engineering at its best, this rare and distinctive Gran Turismo coupé is offered with spare keys, handbook, workshop manual, and an interesting history