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1974 Lamborghini Urraco P250

Lot No.: 217

Registration: MBW711N
Chassis Number: 15768
Engine Number: 15768
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 2463
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Sold for (£): 96,188

In accordance with their usual practice of naming their cars after Fighting Bulls, it was fitting that this new, junior, V8 Lamborghini was named 'Urraco' which freely translates as 'little bull'. Its 2+2 configuration hinted at Lamborghini's grand touring roots and its distinctive styling displayed a family likeness to the delicious Miura. The V8 engine, however, was a bit of a departure and may have been indicative of Lamborghini's decision to have a look at a different market where the Porsche 911 and Ferrari Dino 246 currently reigned supreme. The car was engineered by Paolo Stanzani and styled by Marcello Gandini at Bertone and in 2.5-litre form, it was first shown in 1970 pre-dating the Ferrari 308GT4 and Maserati Merak by several years.

This, very special, UK supplied, right-hand drive, 1974 Lamborghini Urraco P250 has only covered 23,000 miles from new and is in exceptional condition both mechanically and cosmetically.  Having been fully restored, the coachwork is excellent as is the 'Miura Orange' (Rosso Arancio) paintwork with Silver rear window and 'C-post' detailing. The interior is distinctive and in fabulous condition with the Chocolate Suede dashboard complementing the Cream leather and Amber cloth seats and the Cream carpets edged in chocolate. We understand that the engine, gearbox and running gear all benefited from the restoration and that the electrics are behaving themselves. The engine bay sparkles and the unmarked alloys are dressed with a decent set of Michelin XWXs.

This beautiful example still has its original handbooks, spare wheel and car cover. It also has an extensive history file including numerous MOTs and service invoices throughout the years. Interestingly, MBW 711N is featured in Arnstein Landsem's 'The Book Of Lamborghini' where, on page 33, it describes the car in glowing terms. Only 520 of these 'Little Bulls' were made worldwide with less than 10% believed to be delivered in right-hand drive. Great investment opportunity, a truly undervalued car.