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1985 Lamborghini Jalpa

Lot No.: 135

Registration: OJI 3472
Chassis Number: ZA9J00000ELA12169
Engine Number: 12169
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 3500
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Estimate (£): 20,000 - 25,000
Sold for (£): 40,825

Produced between 1982 and 1990 the Lamborghini Jalpa was the' junior' Lamborghini of the 1980s, it was designed to rejoin the battle with Ferrari's similarly sized 308 series. Major changes involved a quad-cam V8 engine with capacity increased to 3.5 litres and somewhat more aggressive styling, mainly in the side treatment of the body, which was again conceived and executed by Bertone. Maximum power was 255bhp at 7000rpm, good enough to give the aerodynamic Jalpa a top speed of around 155mph. The Jalpa was still a Targa-style two seater with a carburettor fed engine mounted transversely, with a five speed rear transaxle and fully independent suspension, as per the earlier Urraco and Silhouette. Production was both limited and sporadic, with a mere 419 examples manufactured over eight years.

This extremely rare right-hand drive 1985 Lamborghini Jalpa has covered a believed genuine 47,706 kilometres from new. Offered in the most appropriate colour combination of black with cream leather interior, this car oozes 1980s muscular styling. The Targa roof is easily removable for instant open top motoring and can be quickly fitted if one is caught out in the rain. The bodywork is in sound order and has benefited from many years in a single collection. In addition, the original service booklet is unusually available in the history file.

Buyers should be aware that this lot has formed part of a large private collection and has been stood for some time, as such some remedial works may be required. The owner will put the car through an MoT prior to the sale, however, a condition report from Terry Keys will be supplied in the history file at the auction. Any interested bidders are welcome to contact Terry Keys Motorsport prior to the sale.

Until quite recently the Jalpa has been overlooked by classic car investors. However, their rarity and drivability have resulted in prices steadily rising over the last three years and Silverstone Auctions fully anticipate them to continue to do so.