Lot 29 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th October 2020)
Sold for £54,000
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: C833JWO
Chassis No: ZA9J00000FLA12244
MOT: January 2021
The eye-catching Red Jalpa offered has been in its current ownership since 2012, and is believed to be one of just 35 righthand drive examples from the total run of 410 cars, and has covered just 36,000 kilometers from new – there were just four former keepers. Maintenance has included a 22,608 Euro engine overhaul by Ferrari Motor, £5,000 worth of mechanical work and servicing in 2016 plus the installation of an uprated stereo and new brake slave cylinder fitted in 2019. ‘C833 JWO’ comes complete with its original handbook, service book and a collection of invoices and old MOTs.
Unveiled at the 1981 Geneva Salon but not put on sale until the following year, the Lamborghini Jalpa (or Tipo P118/B) was conceived as a rival to the likes of the Ferrari 308/328GTS and Porsche 911. Based on an updated version of its Silhouette predecessor's sheet-steel monocoque bodyshell, the newcomer boasted a reinforced subframe, all-round independent coil-over wishbone suspension, ventilated four-wheel disc brakes and 16-inch alloy wheels. A handsome targa-roofed two-seater design with a deep front spoiler, prominent wheelarch extensions and distinctive rear three-quarter engine vents, its styling was the work of Bertone. Named in the best Lamborghini tradition after a particularly fierce breed of bull, the Jalpa employed a bespoke powerplant. Reworked by legendary chief engineer Giulio Alfieri (late of Maserati) and designated the L353, the 90-degree DOHC V8 utilised an aluminium block and cylinder heads. Fed by four twin-choke Weber 42 DCNF carburettors, the 'over-square' (86mm bore x 75mm stroke) 3485cc unit was credited with developing some 255bhp and 232lbft of torque. Transversely mid-mounted and allied to five-speed manual transmission, it reputedly enabled the Jalpa to sprint from 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds and onto 150mph. Revamped in 1984, the `baby' Lambo gained body colour-coded engine and roof sections, while options included telephone dial wheels and a Countach-style rear wing.