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This Rare Lamborghini Is An Absolute Bargain

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Lamborghini's first attempt at an entry-level supercar is still out of favor with collectors.

One of the lesser-known Lamborghini models is the Jalpa. Only 410 were produced between 1981 and 1988 and it was the last Lamborghini to use a V8 until the Urus showed up. It was based on an earlier design by Bertone called Silhouette and intended to be an "affordable" Lamborghini, slotting in below the Countach in the same way the current Huracan sits below the Aventador. In its day, the Jalpa cost around $60,000 and enthusiasts have been expecting it to start commanding higher prices ever since. It still hasn't come into its own, which is part of the reason we'll be interested to see how this auction on Bring a Trailer plays out, where it's currently sitting at just $40,000.

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With only 410 made, the Jalpa is a rarity, and the running joke is that a running one is even rarer. One major selling point was that the Jalpa was easier to drive than the Countach. It's got better visibility and is much easier to drive in heavy traffic and at slow speeds. However, the steering is incredibly heavy and the rest of the "better" driving experience is relative to the Countach. The Jalpa still has a heavy clutch and clunky gearshift.

What the Jalpa also has is a curious style that looks like a 1980s Lamborghini and Ferrari have been melded together. Indeed, it was meant to compete with the Ferrari 308 and 328 GTB.

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This one appears to have been originally bought by a collector, and then sold to another collector, as it only has 4,000 miles on the clock. Despite the low mileage, it's noted in the listing that work on the paint has been carried out. The tan leather seats with red piping are of their time, and red is the correct color for any 80s Lamborghini. Not period correct is the Koni shocks that have been installed but are probably an improvement. The 16-inch OZ wheels are factory equipment though. It's also worth noting the 3.5-liter V8 has 250 horsepower in US spec, just 5 down on the European model. Lamborghini claimed the Jalpa would sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds.

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