Lot 90 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: C833JWO
Chassis No: ZA9J00000FLA12244
MOT: July 2020
Finished in red with black interior this rare RHD Jalpa was first UK registered on 14 February 1986. Displaying just c.36,000 kms on its odometer it is accompanied by an extensive history file which includes a selection of invoices, expired MoT certificates, registration document and a current MoT to July 2020. Only in production for six years, a mere 410 Jalpas are estimated to have left the Sant'Agata Bolognese factory with some sources suggesting that just thirty-five of those were to right-hand drive specification, one of which is the sale car.
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.