Lamborghini Urraco P200 (1976).
One of only 66 examples and in immaculate condition.
With the Urraco or P117, Ferruccio Lamborghini intended to build a more economical sports car. This 2+2 coupé was the affordable alternative to the existing Lamborghini models. Marcello Gandini of Bertone had designed the Miura and was also responsible for the Urraco's lines. The engine was a newly developed V8, which launched with a displacement of 2.5 liters and was expanded to 3 liters in 1974. A 2-liter V8 was only available in the Italian market. When production ceased in 1979 780 Urraco had been built.
Our example is a rare P200, of which only 66 units were made. Delivered in May 1976 to its first owner, it came to Germany in 2008 to be restored. The car was acquired by Erwin Leo Himmel, the Chief Designer of Audi. He instructed the full restoration, and intended to give the Urraco a more contemporary look without touching the basics of the car. He asked Alois Ruf to build him a special set of his famous Ruf alloy wheels to fit on the Urraco, and had all the chrome bits painted with a mat black finish. Inside, a beautiful Nardi steering wheel was fitted, and the seats retrimmed in tasteful Naturale hide. With these small changes, the car looks extremely modern and one can't believe this is a car of almost 40 years old. Mission accomplished for Mr. Himmel, and we won't change these non original parts because we like it a lot and it is part of the history of this particular car. During the restoration, the car was also fitted with a more powerful P250 engine, to offer a performance matching its supercar looks. It must be said, this car is quite an eyecatcher in modern days traffic. Not only because it looks fantastic, but also because it produces the best V8 sound I have ever heard !
We believe that the Urraco is one of the hidden gems in the classic market at the moment. It won't take long anymore until the price of this baby Lamborghini will take off, as it is such a good looker and a real pleasure to drive. It is also quite rare, and oh-so-seventies. Buy now the best you can find, and you won't regret it.