The Lamborghini Jalpa made its public debut at the March 1981 Geneva Auto Show; joining the Countach, this open coupe (removable “targa-style” roof section) has been referred to as Lamborghini’s “practical exotic car.”
The Jalpa was penned by Marcello Gandini of Carozzeria Bertone, who designed many preceding Lamborghini’s. A new “flying buttress” roofline extension, along either side of the engine bay, created a sharp fastback profile featuring jutting air intakes and uncompromising lines to create a car that looks purposeful and intimidating.
The November 1982 issue of Road & Track magazine featured the Jalpa on the cover and commented that “Exotic automobiles are wonderfully exciting. They provoke emotional responses among car enthusiasts that often transcend all rational considerations.” They continued that people “go crazy over a swoopy, low exotic car whose rumbling exhaust note synchronizes with their pulse rate.”
Recognized as the final attempt at creating an entry level Lamborghini with a V-8 engine; the Jalpa was another name given in true Lamborghini tradition, taken from a famous breed of fighting bulls, just like the Miura model name from the late 1960s. This new model was based on the original Urraco, but the Jalpa was more a successor to the Silhouette in concept with the similar open top, targa-style roof configuration of one large removable panel above the driver and passenger.
One of a mere 411 examples produced, this rare Jalpa has covered a mere 18,000 miles from new. In the ownership of a Lamborghini enthusiast for some years, the Jalpa has been used sparingly and dry stored when not in use. A rare car and rapidly becoming very collectible.