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This car from the 1980s is one of the forgotten ones in Lamborghini history

The Jalpa is one of Lamborghini’s best kept secrets. It has the curves of the Countach, while being easier to drive.

THE new releases from Lamborghini rarely go unnoticed. As Ferrari, its great historical competitor, the Italian brand tends to make an impression with each of its models. But this reality has not always been verified in the history of this luxury manufacturer. This is, for example, the case with the Lamborghini Jalpa.

The Jalpa was released in 1981, a few years after the Lamborghini Countach. It was intentionally marketed at the same time as the latter, since the Jalpa was in fact a more affordable version than this legendary model of the time. It was also used to compete with the cheapest Ferraris and Porsche 911s. Today, it has been completely forgotten.

The Lamborghini Jalpa, a great forgotten item from the 1980s

The Lamborghini Jalpa did not have the posterity of the countach. Its design was no less luxurious. It was designed by two Bertone designers, Giulio Alfieri and Marc Deschamps. They designed it with angular lines that were very fashionable at that time. And it was powered by a 3.5-liter V8.

This engineering thus allowed it to benefit from respectable performance for the era. With its 255 horsepower, it had a maximum speed of 240 km/h and acceleration in 5.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. Sales figures show that it was able to attract customers, since 410 examples were produced between 1981 and 1988. However, it was not as popular as its competitors from Ferrari, la 308 GTB/GTS et la 328 GTB/GTS.

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A model acclaimed by fans of the Italian manufacturer

The Jalpa is today considered by some lovers of beautiful cars as one of the best kept secrets of Lamborghini. It is certainly not the most efficient model from the Italian brand. Nevertheless, it benefits from curves and a design close to the Countach, while being easier to drive.

Even at the time of its release, the Jalpa was considered more suitable for everyday use than the Countach. Some Lamborghini collectors or enthusiasts are still looking for that forgotten car from the 1980s. A copy has also was recently sold by RM Sotheby’sfor 76,000 euros.

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