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1972 Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT

• Correct well-maintained example of a great 1970s GT car
• Very rare as one of only 177 Jarama 400 GTs built
• Original U.S. delivery car; a great high-speed Grand Tourer
• Listed in the International Lamborghini Registry

3,929 cc DOHC V-12 engine, six Weber twin-choke carburetors, 350 HP, five-speed manual gearbox, fully independent suspension with wishbones, coil springs, and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 2,380 mm (93.7”)

Named in honor of a Spanish district renowned for its fighting bulls, the Lamborghini Jarama made its public debut at the March 1970 Geneva Motor Show as the successor to the Islero. Featuring styling by famed designer Marcello Gandini for Bertone, the Jarama featured a roomy four-passenger cabin with thin-pillar architecture and plenty of glass area ensuring outstanding visibility. Partially covered, “pop up” headlamps, slender chrome bumpers, elegantly restrained brightwork, and NACA-style hood ducts were some of the sophisticated Jarama’s external features. Interestingly, the Jarama’s styling would go on to influence such diverse cars as the widely produced early-1980s Toyota Celica and the rare, ultra-exotic MVS Venturi.

The body panels were pressed by Bertone at its Grugliasco factory, with final assembly performed at Carrozzeria Marazzi. Since famed engineer Giampaolo Dallara had left Sant’Agata, engineering of the new Jarama 400 GT was handled by Paolo Stanzani, his former assistant. Underpinnings for the Jarama were based on a version of the Espada's sheet-steel platform chassis, which Bertone was still building for Lamborghini at the time. The Jarama chassis was shortened amidships by 10.6 inches, with the Espada’s engine and running gear left essentially unchanged. The Jarama was a potent performer, with European models capable of the 0-60 sprint in 6.8 seconds and the quarter-mile dash in 14.9 seconds at about 95 mph. U.S. models were close, with Road & Track testers clocking 0-60 acceleration times of 7.2 seconds and the quarter-mile in 15.6 seconds en route to a 152-mph top end. Handling and roadholding were – and remain – excellent, with the Jarama’s fully independent chassis delivering 0.81 g on the skidpad. The Jarama’s 2+2 interior was luxuriously trimmed in top-notch materials and provided ample comfort – perfect for a long-range, high-speed transcontinental dash to an exotic destination. Just 327 examples of the Jarama were produced in all, including 177 first-generation 400 GT models and only 150 of the 400 GTS.

Numbered 10228, this 1972 Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT is listed in the International Lamborghini Registry as the 115th example produced. It was delivered on March 23, 1972 to Modena Sports Car in New York. By 2002, it was located in Los Angeles, California, where it was listed for sale with only 45,671 miles. As offered, 10228 benefits handsomely from a recent repaint and refurbishment as desired by the well-respected Ferrari and Italian-car mechanic Juan of Grand Prix Motors in Campbell, California. The interior is extremely clean with barely any visible signs of wear, and is completely original. Mechanically, the Jarama is sound and ready to be driven and enjoyed as originally intended. Essentially, this 1972 Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT is good, solid driver and offers incredible value for the money with its renowned 4.0-litre, 4-cam V-12 engine possessing a 7,000-rpm rev limit and six twin-choke Weber carburetors, mated to a five-speed gearbox for outstanding high-speed touring potential. Its many virtues become even more apparent when one compares this Jarama 400 GT to the earlier 350 GT and the other 400-series, front-engine Lamborghini models, which trade for up to a million dollars. A truly wonderful Grand Tourer designed for freeway cruising at triple-digit speeds in comfort and style, this great Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT can only appreciate as smart collectors realize how few were produced and how few still remain today. This Jarama is handsomely presented. It is a rare configuration that has notable performance and striking colors. It is as exciting today as it must have been for its original owner, back in 1972.

1972 Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT
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