In accordance with their practice of naming their cars after Fighting Bulls, it was fitting that this new, junior, V8 Lamborghini was named ‘Urraco’ which translates as ‘little bull’.
Intended to compete with rivals such as Ferrari’s Dino and Porsche’s 911 in an important market sector, the Urraco was announced in 1970 adopting the Miura’s basic mechanical layout. But in place of the former’s transversely mounted 4-litre V12 there was a 2.5-litre V8. Despite its simpler specification, the new V8 produced a highly respectable 220bhp at 7,500rpm. Styled by Bertone, the Urraco employed McPherson strut suspension all round and, despite a wheelbase 9cm shorter than the Miura’s, the car was roomy enough to accommodate a 2+2 cockpit. Benefitting from a lighter engine as well as a smaller footprint Urracos were nimble, easy to drive and excellent road holders and with a top speed of 146mph they were not slow either. Most importantly, it was quicker and more powerful than a Dino GT4.
The Urraco was intended to sell in relatively large numbers, but soon after it reached production, the entire market was hit by the OPEC oil crisis. Thus only 520 examples of the P250 were made, which was bad news for Lamborghini, but good news for buyers today seeking a comparatively rare car with pedigree, performance and stunning looks.
Previously owned by the Berardelli & Rossetti family in Brescia Italy for 37 years, this matching numbers example has been extremely well-looked after over the years. Remaining in excellent condition in all respects, in December 2018, this special Urraco underwent a complete engine rebuild by marque specialists costing in excess of £15,000! A modest 33,000 miles are recorded on the odometer.
Finished in the best colour combination for these early Lamborghini’s; Maple black over tanned leather interior, the car has received a lot of attention in its current long-term ownership. Now fitted an upgraded cooling fans and new tyres and ready to be enjoyed by its next custodian!
Offered with private registration number LAM 8M.