The Mystique of Lamborghini ownership!

Among all of the legendary names in Automotive history, one of the most instantly recognizable today is Lamborghini.
Ferruccio Lamborghini was well known for building tractors in the 1960's. His success allowed him to buy any car he wanted. Because of his love of cars he bought a few Ferraris but he felt improvements could be made to the Ferrari. Legend has it Ferruccio went to complain at the Maranello factory and Enzo told him he didn't know anything about cars and should stick to driving his tractors.
This got Ferruccio angry so he decided to build a better car than Ferrari. He contracted Giotto Bizzarrini (who designed Ferrari's 250 GTO) to design the engine. In 1963 the engine was finished. This engine was made in his tractor factory but his completely new car factory was built in Sant'Agata Bolognese, only a few kilometers from Ferrari's factory in Modena. This paved the road for the modern legendary Lamborghini cars.

All the photos you see are of our blue Urraco. The car is a 1974 P250S Urraco serial number 15732. We are NOT a dealership. We are simply two friends who love cars. Rehabbing this Urraco was a project we took up winter 2001. We both love this car however other projects are demanding our attention (and money). The car is a wonderful driver and could be part of a collection as is. It could be shown without emberassment, but it's not something to take to Pebble beach and think it's going to win best in show. This is an exotic you can take out and enjoy - for less than the cost of most new cars. And unlike a new car, it won't depreciate as soon as you get it home.
Just think,
you could be driving a piece of history that makes wonderful sounds..something your heirs will battle for after you are gone..
or you could have a new plastic car that will be worth 10% of what you paid for it by the time it's paid off, it's your choice.

The Lamborghini P250s Urraco (pronounced "oo-RAH-koh"), meaning "little bull," was named for the fighting bull which killed the toreador Manolete. This car was introduced to the public in 1970 at the Turin auto show, though it wouldn't become available to the public until 1973.

The Urraco was developed as an affordable entry level exotic for higher production volume to compete directly with the Porsche 911. Soon other Italian manufacturers noticed this portion of the market resulting in Ferrari's 308gt4 Dino and the Maserati Merak.

The little Lambo's 2+2 layout housed a smaller 2.5 litre V8 engine of completely new design by Paolo Stanzini, positioned transversely just ahead of the rear wheels with the transmission mounted directly beside it. It's new chassis was a sheet steel unibody structure similar to the Espada. Front suspension components bolted directly to this structure while the rear suspension and engine/transmission were mounted to a subframe that bolted directly to the chassis from underneath. This made for better access to either engine or transmission for any work more involved than simple servicing.

As you can see above, when necessary - the engine & trans drops rather simply from under the car. We did it and should the need arise, so can you. The subframe was removed in these pics to install a new clutch and to detail and paint the engine compartment
We started this project in bare metal. There is no rust, nor has there ever been any rust. The only repairs we made to the sheet metal were a few minor dings were filled. There is also some lead work (some would insist this is the only right way to do a metal repair) on both rear quarter panels in the area between the body lines behind the rear wheels. This was done to fill a hole put there for a rear side marker. If you look close at the below pic you will see a slight discoloration behind the rear wheel - this is where the lead work was done.
This car is a euro spec car. There are no emissions controls on the car, the bumpers are the attractive euro spec bumpers. There have been no heavy crash bars welded in. The instruments are metric. This is an unmolested car. The only variations from original are the color, a modern cd player, and more appealing driving lights (the original's were huge and out of character with the rest of the car, but cutting edge at the time of manufacture). The car was delivered to the original owner in Italy "chocolate brown"
Kim and I spent several hours in the local PPG dealer's shop trying to decide on a color. The guys there let us flip through color books forever. Thanx for your patience guys!

The little Lambo's specs!
This is a rare car!! Most people think Ferrari's and Lamborghini's are equally rare, but think about that for a minute. In the last year - how many Lambo's have you seen in person? Ferrari's? In good weather in the Chicago area I generally see at least one Ferrari on the road a week. I'm not counting our red one or Kim's white one (both are pictured below) nor am I counting club events or at the dealer. In 15 years in the Chicago area that equals probably 250 Ferrari's.. In that same time period I have seen 12 Lamborghini's on the road. Most people don't realize just how few Lamborghini's are really around. From 1963 around 2000 there had been just over 8500 Lambo's made... total. Ferrari made more Testarossa's than Lambo had made cars!
This P250S is one of only 520 built. Few of those survive today - especially as true Euro Spec cars.
When imported most had heavy and unattractive bumpers installed. This car is Euro spec, with the more elegant European bumpers weighs only 2420 lb! This car is nearly 1000 pounds less than a Corvette!
Despite a larger stronger engine the Jalpa 2 seater is not as fast as the Urraco due to all the extra weight!
Production P250s sat on a 96.5 inch wheel with a 57.5 inch track both front and rear. Overall dimensions measured in at 167.3" length, 69.2" width, and 43.9" height. The V8 engine with 10.5:1 compression produced 220bhp at 7500 rpm and 166 ft-lb at 5750 rpm. The car had four vertically mounted Weber 40 IDF carburetors, a standard 5-speed all-sycromesh gearbox, and 4.25:1 rear axle. Standard equipment on the P250S included air conditioning, electric windows, tinted glass, leather upholstery and AM/FM radio.

This car was imported in 1976 by a local Doctor. He was on holiday in Europe on a new Harley and struck up a deal with the car's original owner. This was back in the days when the Red Brigade was kidnapping anyone who might have money. Fearing such an exotic car would make his family a target the original owner agreed to take the only new Harley in Europe and an undisclosed sum of money in trade for his Lamborghini. The American doctor, his girlfriend, and the Lambo's original owner piled in the Urraco and drove to Switzerland to transfer the funds.
Soon the car was shipped to Chicago and used by the good Doctor on many adventures. He eventually decided to repaint the car and began stripping it down to bare metal. Unfortunately he wasn't able to complete the project and he sold it to another Chicago man who took it a little further apart and mostly never got around to it for the next 6 years. A few kids and a minivan later he decided he would not be likely to ever finish it so he posted it on ebay. February 2001 Kim and Michelle (that's us) saw the car and after Michelle looked it over we decided it was a project we both could embrace. Michelle is a long time car nut, who wasn't phased at the thought of reassembling a car, and Kim is an electrical engineer with an extensive mechanical background. The two of us didn't work at the time so we had the time and we set about bringing Urraco sn #15732 back to life : )
That's me (Michelle) getting ready to apply some more primer.

The looks of the Urraco are incredible!
How low is it? just to give you an idea - here's the car parked on the street next to a typical sedan.

The cockpit is all business. In classic Grand Touring manner, it is dominated by a full array of instruments housed in a brushed aluminum panel. Large aircraft style switches, light tan glove leather everywhere and the gated 5-speed shifter complete the picture. All controls are within easy reach gauges and lights work perfectly. The only concession to contemporary taste is an Alpine sound system with CD player.

The sport seats are very comfortable, and there is ample legroom, even for Kim, whose long-legged frame was very comfy behind the wheel. The wool carpeting looks good. There are no cracks to mar the dash top door and side panels show no wear. The leather headliner is immaculate. Plenty of luggage space is provided behind the seats and it has a trunk that's roomier than our Eclipse Spyder!

Stunning good looks are one thing, but what's it like to drive in real traffic, you may ask?

Let's find out! In October, driving to Lake Forest where an Italian concours was happening we took the GTO and Lambo through their paces. Boy, did we have fun!
This little Lambo has caused the most intense scrutiny from other motorists. On the open road, people go out of their way to catch a glimpse. Dogs bark, kids point, people hang out windows to get a picture. When you park it, an excited crowd instantly assembles. Tourists have their pictures taken with the car, it's thumbs up all around!
Want to see proof? That day we stopped at the show - there were a few dozen Ferrari's some Aston Martin's and Maserati's There was just one Lambo.. I drove the lead red car, Kim drove the Lambo.. you'll note what car was gathering more attention..

We experienced the Lambo's excellent road holding abilities, thanks to independent suspension (MacPherson struts all around) and the precise rack-and-pinion steering, High cornering speeds are easily attainable. No one tried to pass us. The beautiful blue bull turned out to be an incredibly well-balanced sportscar. Cruising along in 5th in dense traffic, or revved-up on the open road, we thoroughly enjoyed the car's exhaust note accentuated by the incredible breathing sound of all those webers. It made a mellow note at lower speeds and morphed into a shrill scream close to its 7,500 rpm redline.

Glance in the rear view mirror and on the other side of the window the all aluminum power plant is a visual delight. You see the velocity stacks rising off the top of the engine? In the best Lamborghini tradition, exposed aluminum surfaces  are everywhere. The Strong, 2.5-liter single overhead cam V-8 delivers about 220hp. This engine is smooth and wonderful. Mechanically, she is in excellent health, with no oil leaks or untoward noises. Kim rebuilt the carbs and we just had a local race shop adjust everything. You will not be disappointed!

The car features metallic blue, very glossy paint. While it isn't a show stopping concours finish, it looks stunning the way it is. If we had put a $25,000 paint job on it we would just have had something we were afraid to drive. These pics are all unretouched images - the different tone of the blue is due to varying lighting at times the pics were taken. Under fluorescent lights the car looks darker.

Most appealing are the very expensive original magnesium alloy wheels. They feature the famous charging bull center caps. Tires are beefy high performance V rated 205VR-14 Michelins XWX radials.

It's the little things, that count.
Kim has gone through and rebuilt all the electric switches and motors, she even restrung both power windows. If you haven't seen this setup before you'll be amazed at the complexity of the setup used to raise and lower the door glass! The doors and bonnet's have new weatherstrip. The air boxes for the carbs have all been bead blasted and painted black, new wipers are installed. The tires could use being replaced - the back tires have great tread but the fronts are showing their age.
We have all manuals (including rare copies of the owners manual, shop manual and parts books), DOT and EPA clearances, as well as a can of paint to use for touch up.

If you are very shy and try to keep a low profile, or work undercover for the feds, this car may not be the right one. However, if you are ready for a good time and don't mind all the attention, this little bull guarantees the best of fun, anytime, anywhere. Due to its reliable underpinnings, you could actually enjoy this Lamborghini, worry-free, as a driver.


Kim and Michelle

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