Displacement: 3,485 cc
Horsepower: 250 bhp @ 7,000 rpm
Engine Torque: 235 ft lb @ 3,250 rpm
Top Speed: 144 mph
0 - 60 mph: 6.2 seconds
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When the Italian tractor manufacturer, Ferruccio Lamborghini, had his (probably apocryphal) fall out with Enzo Ferrari, he decided that he would build his own supercars to compete (and hopefully better) Ferrari's. As a proud Taurean (he was born on April 28th, 1916), not only was his company logo a raging bull, but most of his car names had some sort of bovine connection also. His company produced some of the most spectacular automotive offerings of their day (if not all time), in a constant bid to outdo his prancing-horse-badged nemesis. So, when Enzo came out with a 'budget' model line (albeit under a different name) with less than the previously 'de riguer' twelve cylinders, not to be 'one-upped', Ferruccio followed suit. Initially with Urraco in 1973, then the Jalpa in 1981.
This particular car has lived in California all its life and travelled a mere 19,000 kilometers (12,000 miles) from new so consequently has escaped the wear and tear of higher mileage/less hospitable climate cars. The diamond white coachwork is straight and rust free while the cream leather interior is virtually unmarked. Mechanically it is very strong with good oil pressure, no smoke and good synchros, clutch and brakes.
A Jalpa is a terrific first step into the world of exotic car ownership, with its striking supercar looks and great pedigree, it provides huge 'bang for the buck'. Also, with just 410 Jalpas made in total, they are far more rare than their Maranello rivals and therefore offer tremendous potential for investment, as well.