Coys Auction - True Greats
Royal Horticultural Halls
Thursday 4th December 2008
The 1982-1989 Lamborghini Jalpa was the junior Lamborghini of the 1980s -- essentially an updated Silhouette issued after a four-year hiatus to rejoin the battle with Ferrari‘s similar 308-series. Major changes involved a quad-cam V-8 stroked to 3.5 liters for easier emissions tuning, plus somewhat more aggressive styling (mainly in bodyside treatment), again conceived and executed by Bertone.
The name Jalpa came from a famous breed of fighting bulls, Ferruccio Lamborghini having a liking for bulls and being a Taurus, he ended to give most Lamborghini cars bullfighting-related names.
The Jalpa was still a Targa-style two-seater with a carbureted engine mounted transversely amidships, plus a five-speed rear transaxle and fully independent suspension, all as per the Urraco/Silhouette, but it was littl