1986 Lamborghini Jalpa Targa

Introduced in 1981 to complement the outrageous scissor door Countach, the Lamborghini Jalpa represented a welcome refinement of the earlier Urraco and Silhouette. It was a purposeful 2-seat sports car with a lift-off roof panel, transversely mounted 250hp 3,485cc 4-cam V-8, four dual choke downdraft Weber carburetors, 5-speed transaxle, stiffer formed steel sheet unit body and aggressive Marcelo Gandini designed Bertone body. Every bit the competitor of the contemporary Ferrari 308, the Lamborghini Jalpa delivered 130+mph top speed, 0.846 g lateral acceleration and 15.4 second quarter mile times when tested by Road & Track in 1984. And the Jalpa possessed one thing lacking on the contemporary 308: that quartet of downdraft Webers with their inimitable induction sound.

Produced for just eight years only some 410 Jalpas were built. Its streamlined Bertone coachwork with deep flying buttresses curving back from the C-pillar to the rear facia and high tech dashboard complement the family connection with the Countach.

Rarely seen in the United States, this 1986 Jalpa has led a charmed life. Finished in white, its interior is trimmed with richly contrasting red leather piped in white over black carpets. The odometer shows 31,687 kilometers, a figure endorsed by the overall appearance and condition, particularly the lightly scuffed original leather upholstery. It is fitted with air conditioning, a Sony CD changer stereo and has Pirelli P7 tires on its alloy wheels.

This is an honest, stand-up car that evidences a life well-lived with very good paint, sound coachwork, a well-maintained engine bay and newer carpets. Exceedingly rare in the U.S., its outstanding originality and condition are even more rare than the Jalpa itself.

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