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Autotrader Find: 1987 Lamborghini Jalpa

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author photo by Doug DeMuro April 2017

If you're interested in an older Italian exotic, it's probably tempting to pick the usual suspects -- especially the Ferrari 308 and 328, which are chosen by virtually everyone interested in an old, distinctive, mid-engine Italian car. But if you want to stand out from the crowd a bit, there's the Lamborghini Jalpa.

Specifically, there's this Lamborghini Jalpa, which is the only one currently listed on Autotrader. It's a 1987 model, finished in black with a tan interior, and it's offered by D&M Motorsports in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, for a whopping $109,995. That's big money, but then the Jalpa is on the rise, but this one is in fantastically beautiful shape, with the interior and exterior in fantastically beautiful condition.

So what exactly is a Jalpa? Back in 2014, I filmed a video with one, and I recorded a nice little tour before getting it out on the road. If you can't watch it at the moment, here are the basics: the Jalpa was sold from 1981 to 1988 as an "entry-level" Lamborghini to the Countach. All Jalpa models used a 5-speed manual transmission, and all were fitted with a 3.5-liter V8 that made 255 horsepower. may not sound like much, but it could run from zero to 60 in under 7 seconds and reach a top speed of nearly 150 mph -- better numbers than its rival, the Ferrari 308.

But using the term "rival" to describe the 308 is a questionable one: While Ferrari made thousands of 308 models, Lamborghini built just over 400 units of the Jalpa. That makes finding one exceedingly rare -- especially in this condition.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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