Named after a small breed of fighting bull the 2+2 Lamborghini Urraco Coupé was Lamborghini’s first V8 powered car, built to compete with the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4.
The Urraco was first shown to the public in 1970, but was not available for sale to the public until 1973 when the Dino 308 GT4 also went on sale.
The transverse mounted V8 motor was available in 3 sizes P200 2 litre / 122 cui with 180 hp, P250 2.5 litre / 147 cui with 217 hp and P300 3 litre / 183 cui with 247 hp.
Like the Dino 308 GT 4 the Urraco carries Bertone bodywork designed by Marcello Gandini
The top end P300 model as seen here at Auto Italia Brooklands was capable of reaching 62 mph from rest in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 162 mph.
Allegedly when James May tested one of these cars for the Top Gear TV program he was heard to tell a passer by “It’s a Lamboghini” and muttered under his breath “Philistine”.
Of the 797 Urracos built between 1973 and 1979 66 were P200s, 520 were P250s, 190 were P300s and 21 US spec P250 Type 111s.
Thanks for joining me on this “It’s a Lamborghini Philistine” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be a successful Special built and raced in Zambia. Don’t forget to come back now ! Wishing all GALPOT readers and contributors seasons greetings and best wishes for the new year.
Brighton Speed Trials Under Threat of Permanent Cancellation !
In their infinite wisdom, Brighton & Hove City Council are seeking to ban the Brighton Speed Trials from 2014.
If you care about speed and or motorsport history, please sign this linked petition to save Brighton Speed Trials in 2014 and beyond.
It’s a faf to Register before signing, but relatively painless compared to loosing the event which has been run with few interruptions since 1905.
You do not need to be resident in Brighton or even the UK to sign.
Thanks and please spread the word through whatever social media you have at your disposal.