One of Lamborghini’s rarest models, this superb example offers thundering performance with surprising practicality.
One of the rarest of all regular production Lamborghinis, this 1972 Jarama 400 GT is one of just 177 400 GTs built (an additional 150 GTS models followed) and without a doubt, one of the most distinct. This particular car carries chassis number 10228, the 115th Jarama produced and delivered new to Modena Sports Cars of New York on the 23rd of March 1972. Having covered just 45,000 miles, it presents today in wonderful condition, appearing largely unrestored save for a high-quality respray in a very handsome metallic green along with a freshened interior. The paintwork is excellent, the dark metallic green suiting the Bertone style quite well. Body panels are straight and crisp with consistent gaps and good fit. Exterior trim and moldings appear very original; the razor’s edge chrome bumpers and glass trims all very straight and attractive. If there were a prize for “coolest wheels ever”, this car’s fabulous Miura-style Campagnolos with their distinct three-eared knock-offs would most certainly be in the running.
The Jarama’s interior styling is also inspired by the bigger Espada, but in 2+2 configuration and with a more sporting attitude. This car’s natural tan leather is beautifully presented, with excellent oatmeal square-weave carpeting lining the floors. Being the proper GT car, it was equipped from new with air conditioning and electric windows. A row of switches line the dash ahead of the driver, which are all in good working order, and the original instruments are mounted in a factory correct wood surround, complementing the steering wheel and shift knob. As with the seats, the upholstery on the center console and door panels is in very good condition. The headliner is an excellent original, showing no sagging, damage or stains. The pair of vestigial rear seats can be folded flat for additional cargo space and the AM/FM radio is mounted in the most Italian of places… at the driver’s elbow in the center console, facing forward. Despite the unconventional layout, the controls fall naturally to the hand in a way that only an Italian designer could figure out. These quirks seem to add to the appeal of the Jarama; it is a wholly unconventional performance car and yet completely unmistakable as a Lamborghini…………………..