Gallardo's Grandfather: The Lamborghini Jalpa

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15 years passed between the end of Jalpa production and the launch of the Gallardo.

Back in 1981, Lamborghini unveiled the Jalpa, a mid-engined V8 exotic that looked an awful lot like the Countach, only smaller. Like its big brother, the Jalpa was also penned by Bertone (although the Countach was styled by Gandini while working at Bertone). Its performance was decent for the time, but the Jalpa was never fully developed the way Gallardo has been. When Jalpa production ended in 1988, it wasn’t until 2003 that Lamborghini launched its Gallardo successor. Only 410 Jalpas were sold during its seven year lifespan.

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