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The Lamborghini Urraco Was the Gallardo of Its Day

When a discussion of vintage Lamborghini models comes up, people always mention the obvious ones: the Miura, the Countach, the Diablo — the V12s. But Lamborghini’s history isn’t all V12s: there was also a baby mid-engine Lamborghini, dubbed the Urraco, that was sold alongside the Countach in the 1970s as an “entry level” model.

Yes, that’s right: back in the 1970s, the Countach wasn’t Lamborghini’s mid-engine only sports car. The Urraco served as the “base” model, much as the Huracan is the “base model” of the Lamborghini range now, with the Aventador standing above it — and back then, the Urraco even took styling cues from the Countach, with a similar wedge shape and general look. It couldn’t be entirely similar, however, because of the design: the Urraco was a four-seater, a “2+2,” with a small back seat that couldn’t be used frequently, but was there in a pinch.

So what exactly are the details of the Urraco? It was sold new from 1972 to 1979, and originally offered with a 2.0-liter V8 — a crazy engine by modern standards. That engine made just 180 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque, which goes a long way to understanding why the Urraco isn’t more revered by modern enthusiasts. Later, that V8 was upgraded to 2.5 liters (and 217 hp) and then 3.0 liters (and 247 hp) before the Urraco went out of production.

In the end, Lamborghini made 791 units of the Urraco before it was succeeded for 1981 by the Jalpa, which carried on the “entry-level” Lambo tradition through the 1980s. The Urraco isn’t a car most people remember, and it’s a car most people have never even seen — even car enthusiasts and Lamborghini fans. But it’s the mid-engine Lambo that existed in the days before the Countach. Find a Lamborghini Urraco for sale

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  1. Had never heard of the Urraco until an episode of Wheeler Dealers a few years back, quickly became my second favorite model only behind the Miura. That teeny tiny V8 made all the right noises and looked great topped by its 4 Weber’s.

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