Coys Auction - True Greats
Royal Horticultural Halls
Thursday 4th December 2008
Lamborghini’s fortunes were waning in the mid-Seventies. The Urraco had been a costly business, and the firm wasn’t doing enough business of any kind to even consider a replacement. But perhaps the Lamborghini Urraco could be redeveloped at low cost into something more saleable. Sant’ Agata requested Bertone to do just that, and the result premiered at the 1976 Geneva show as the Lamborghini Silhouette.
Though recognizably Urraco, the Lamborghini Silhouette was obviously different. Most noticeable was the new targa-style configuration, making this Lamborghini’s first open production model. A change from 2 2 to two-seat accommodation was less apparent. Completing Bertone’s restyle were flat-top wheelarches, a squared-off nose, and a deeper front spoiler incorporating an oil-cooler duct and front-brake air scoops