1974 Lamborghini Jarama S
The Lamborghini story is fascinating in itself but for the company to have survived all these years and indeed celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2013 is quite amazing. Ferruccio Lamborghini was an entrepreneur, a very successful businessman and a lover of the finer things in life, including sports cars. He was fortunate enough to own some wonderful cars including Ferraris however, he found fault with them all. According to the legend following a meeting with Enzo Ferrari to discuss some of the short comings of his cars Enzo dismissed Ferruccio and he subsequently decide that he could build a better car.
Not long after in May 1963 Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini SPA was established and the small town of Sant’Agata Bolognese, located between Modena and Bolgna, was chosen as the location to build his factory. Born under the Zoadiac sign Taurus Lamborghini chose the raging bull as the emblem for his sports cars.
Lamborghini knew what he wanted and he put together a highly skilled team and his first car the 350 GTV was shown at the Turin Motor Show in October 1963. This car received mixed reviews, however, Lamborghini was not deterred and made a number of improvements and design changes to this original concept and the first Lamborghini production car the 350 GT left the factory in 1964.
The 350 GT evolved in to the 400 GT 2+2 and later the Islero. In parallel to building these classic front engine V12 GT cars Lamborghini wanted to build a super car, enter the Miura first shown as a rolling chassis in 1965, and also a GT car that could comfortably seat four people, enter the Espada 1968. The mid to late sixties were good times for Lamborghini and his cars revered the world over.
One of Lamborghini’s biggest markets was the USA and he needed to redesign the Islero to comply with strict new design rules. Ferruccio decided to commission a new car and so the Jarama (pronounced “Yah-rah-mah”) was born. Named after a district in Spain renowned for breeding fighting bulls the Jarama was first shown at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. The car designed by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini was unique but compared to many other Lamborghinis quite subtle or even understated in its design, which is exactly what Lamborghini wanted.
According to the numbers only 327 Jaramas in total were built. Of these 177 were the ‘standard’ Jarama produced from 1970 to 1972 and 150 were the Jarama S produced from 1972 to 1975, though many completed cars were sold for the next few years.
It is understood that circa 23 right hand drive cars were ever built. Of these 5 were the ‘standard’ Jarama and 18 were the Jarama S.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted offer this spectacular 1974 Lamborghini Jarama S. This particular example, being chassis number 10608, was completed at the factory on the 24th May 1974 and sold new into the UK. This factory built right hand drive Jarama S was production number 305 and as such one of the last cars built.
The current owner acquired the car in the UK back in 2008 and had it immediately shipped to Australia. Unfortunately the car wasn’t quite what its new owning was hoping for and it was immediately apparent that it needed some attention. One thing lead to another and a decision was soon reached that car would be totally restored. Not someone to do things by halves the car’s owner commissioned a total nut and bolt concours standard restoration. Absolutely everything was either restored or rebuilt or as a last resort replaced and no stone was left unturned to make this car “as good as it could be”.
The owner chose to have the car painted in a modern Lamborghini colour of Grigio Avalon which is just stunning and really suits the car. The interior was retrimmed in black and provides a lovely contrast to the paint work. Throughout the restoration the owner also made the decision to make some subtle improvements to the car to make it a more usable classic. These improvements included lowering the floors by 1” to accommodate larger persons (the current owner is 6’ 4”!), fitting a modern rotary air conditioning compressor, a modern improved cooling system with electric fans, electronic ignition, central locking, hidden built in speakers and an iPod dock. The owner also opted to have the knock wheels from a standard Jarama or Miura fitted which look just fabulous!
The car has a known and documented history from new and there is rich and interesting history file that will accompany it. The car also has an owner’s manual (multiple copies), an Espada/Jarama engine manual, parts manual, original sales brochures and other literature as well as a tool kit and also two sets of keys.
The car has travelled less than 1,000 miles since its restoration was completed, however, all of the post restoration bugs appear to have been resolved and the car is now ready to be used and enjoyed.
With the journey that was this epic restoration project now complete the owner has decided it’s time to embark on a new challenge, hence, this car is now offered for sale.
Today the odometer reads 45,238 miles.
- Lamborghini Jarama S
- 45238 miles
- 3929 cc