Quite contemporary with them – well, at least some of them – was our subject for the day: Urraco, a model that just celebrated its 50th anniversary this very October. It was presented to the worldwide audience at the 1970 Turin Motor Show as a 2+2 coupe with a design penned by the legendary Marcello Gandini, (he was at Carrozzeria Bertone during that period).
Interestingly, the model was produced in just 776 units (520 examples of the P250, 66 of the P200, and 190 of the P300 model) starting from 1970 and ending no less than nine years later – that is less than 100 vehicles per year, on average. Still, we can consider it contemporary with the Miura, Espada, Jarama, Countach, and the Silhouette.
More so, the legend claims the Urraco was conceived at the behest of none other than Ferruccio Lamborghini itself, who apparently wanted to expand the company’s production and deliver a “Lamborghini that would be accessible to a wider, albeit limited, public.”
According to the Italian manufacturer, the Urraco also premiered a few innovative technical solutions at the time – as imagined by Paolo Stanzani, then Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer. For example, the Urraco, a 2+2 coupe with a midship rear mounted V8 and an independent suspension, had deployed the MacPherson strut system both front and back.
Just 4.25 meters (167.32 in.) long, Lamborghini’s Urraco was a sight to behold not just from the exterior – but also when reaching the odd interior, with its quirky dish-style steering wheel and uncommon placement of the instruments panel.
When first introduced, the Urraco carried the P250 designation – the letter standing for the rear (“posteriore” in Italian) placement of the engine, while the numeral designated the capacity of 2.5-liters. This variant was produced between 1970 and 1976, while a lesser P200 variant presented in 1974 specifically for the home market (2.0-liter, 182 hp) was manufactured in very low numbers from 1975 to 1977.
Fun fact – the Jalpa was Lamborghini’s entry-level sports car for the crazy 1980s and was introduced at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show alongside the LM001 off-roader concept. Thus, the Jalpa was Lambo’s final V8 model before the arrival of the Urus – which is the SUV spiritual successor of the LM002.
By the way if you want to check out some interesting facts about the Lamborghini Urraco, the Wheeler Dealers’ YouTube channel recently brought up that moment when Mike Brewer purchased a green example for Edd China to happily tinker (he completely refurbished the engine) away with.
Do we need to add the fact that Lambo’s Urraco (featured in season ten) turned a nice profit for the car trader / expert mechanic team and was afterwards voted as the best restoration ever featured in the show and it’s rumored to have even taken part in a special parade in Italy that marked the 50th anniversary of the model?