1971 Lamborghini Jarama: Italian stallion

1971 Lamborghini Jarama: Italian stallion

Engine V12 Horsepower 350 BHP (257.6 KW) @ 7500 RPMTorque 289 Ft-Lbs (392 NM) @ 5500 RPM Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 3220 lbs | 1460.567 kg Transmission 5-step manual

The Jarama was Lamborghini’s underestimated model that did not have the same level of impact or popularity compared to the company’s other, more extravagant automobiles. It was produced between 1970 and 1976 and was notable for its sleek design and powerful V12 engine. 

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Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of Lamborghini, had a high opinion of the Jarama model, stating that it was a great compromise between the sporty Miura and the luxury Espada. He believed that the Jarama was perfect for those who wanted to combine the best of both worlds and use it as a daily driver. The design of the Jarama was handled by the famous Bertone studio, led by Marcello Gandini, who had previously worked on successful Lamborghini automobiles like the Miura, Marzal, and Espada. However, Jarama’s design was not well received by the public.

The origins

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This sports vehicle was created by the legendary Italian automaker. Designed by Marcello Gandini, who also worked for the famous Bertone design studio at the time, it was perhaps the most underestimated car of the brand. Interestingly,  Gandini was also responsible for designing the company’s other iconic cars such as the Miura and the Countach. It was first introduced in 1970, as a replacement for the Islero. It was designed as a more practical and comfortable option for everyday use, compared to the more extreme Miura and Countach models. Named after a bullfighting region in Spain, as was the tradition for Lamborghini models, Jarama was powered by a 3.9-liter powerful V12 engine that produced 350 horsepower and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds reaching the top speed of around 250 km/h. The car came equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and featured four-wheel independent suspension. Manufactured from 1970 to 1976, a total of 328 units were produced. It received praise for its impressive handling and performance, but it faced criticism for its lack of spaciousness. Despite not achieving the level of commercial success the company had hoped for, this sports vehicle remains cherished by enthusiasts and collectors due to its distinctive design, smooth handling, and powerful V12 engine. The limited production numbers have made it a rare classic among collectors. It holds significance as a part of the company’s history and stands as a symbol of the era in which it was crafted.

The 1971 model year

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In 1971, the vehicle was propelled by a formidable 3.9-liter V12 engine, harmonized with a five-speed manual transmission and supported by four-wheel independent suspension. The engine generated a remarkable power of 350 horsepower, enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a swift 6.5 seconds and attain a top speed of approximately 250 km/h. Inside the 1971 edition, great emphasis was placed on luxury and comfort. The leather seats offered adjustable settings, while the dashboard, crafted from wood, showcased an array of gauges and switches. The steering wheel, also made of wood, proudly displayed the brand’s logo at its center. This extraordinary classic boasted features ahead of its time, including air conditioning and power windows, which were not commonly found in sports cars of that era. The automobile also featured a radio and a spacious trunk for luggage. The sporty yet elegant look with a combination of leather and wood accents made it one of the most uncommon automobiles of the 70s. The 1971 edition also had a 2+2 seating configuration, meaning that it was designed to accommodate four passengers. However, the rear seats were considered small and cramped and were mostly used for occasional use or children. Despite this, the Jarama was praised for its handling and performance, and it is considered a classic Lamborghini that is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts today.

Did you know?

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Several famous movies that featured the 1971 edition were “The Mackintosh Man” (1973) directed by John Huston and starring Paul Newman, “Fury of the Wolfman” (1971) directed by Miguel Iglesias, “The Mechanic” (1972) directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson, “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Roger Moore as James Bond.

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1971 Lamborghini Jarama: Italian stallion

Engine V12 Horsepower 350 BHP (257.6 KW) @ 7500 RPMTorque 289 Ft-Lbs (392 NM) @ 5500 RPM Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 3220 lbs | 1460.567 kg Transmission 5-step manual

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