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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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"
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!
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!
P250S is one of only 520 built. Few of those survive today - especially as
true Euro Spec cars.
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!
a larger stronger engine the Jalpa 2 seater is not as fast as the Urraco
due to all the extra weight!
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.
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 : )
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!
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
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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