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1974 Lamborghini Jarama S

Lot No.: 217

Registration: NOVA'd
Chassis Number: 10608
Engine Number: 41315
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 3929cc
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Sold for (£): 129,380

Born from a desire to satisfy the insatiable appetite of the American market, the Jarama was essentially a redesigned Islero built to comply with strict new USA safety rules. Ferruccio Lamborghini named the Jarama after a district in Spain renowned for breeding fighting bulls and first showed his new prize bull at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show.

Sources vary for accuracy, but our research suggests that just 327 Jaramas were manufactured. Of these 177 were the ‘standard' Jarama produced from 1970 to 1972 and 150 were the Jarama 'S' produced from 1972 to 1975. Of these, only 23 were built in right-hand drive, and of these, just 18 were the Jarama ‘S' model as offered here today. A rare beastie indeed....

This particular right-hand drive example, being chassis number #10608, was completed at the factory on the 24th May 1974 and sold new to the UK. Its factory build number was 305, suggesting it was one of the last cars manufactured.

The previous owner acquired #10608 in the UK in 2008 and had it immediately shipped to his home in Australia where a total nut and bolt 'Concours' standard restoration was completed. Absolutely everything was either restored or rebuilt and no stone was left unturned to make this car "as good as it could be".

Painted in Grigio Avalon the result is simply stunning and really suits the car. The interior was retrimmed in black and provides a lovely contrast to the paintwork. During the course of the restoration, the owner made the decision to make some subtle improvements to the car to make it a little more usable. These improvements included cleverly modifying the seat runners to create a bit more headroom, fitting a modern rotary air conditioning compressor, a modern improved cooling system with electric fans, electronic ignition, central locking, hidden speakers and an iPod dock. The owner also opted to have the Campagnolo 'knock-off' wheels from a Miura fitted which complete the look perfectly.

The car has a known and documented history from new and a substantial history file accompanies it which includes an owner's manual, an Espada / Jarama engine manual, parts manual, original sales brochures and other literature as well as a tool kit and two sets of keys.

We understand it has traveled fewer than 2,000 miles since its restoration was completed, and all the post-restoration niggles have now been resolved so this striking Lamborghini is now ready to be used and enjoyed. The car was much admired at the Festival of Speed, having been invited to take part in the Cartier Style et Luxe on the Cartier Lawn, one of the most famous Concours d'Elegance in the world.

We love how unusual this rare Lamborghini is, and how different a statement it makes in a similar price bracket to say, a similarly restored Series II E-Type or Mercedes SL Pagoda, of which, choices are plentiful. Our hunch is that your individuality today could be seriously well-rewarded tomorrow...