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8 Lamborghini's you didn't even know existed

While much of Lamborghini’s success has been attributed to these star players, a winning roster requires depth and consistency on all fronts. Lambo’s bull pen has always been deep, so it’s time to shine the spotlight on eight lesser known beasts that have donned the horns of the Taurus.
Evan Buchanan

Don’t mess with the bull, young man – you’ll get the horns

This unforgettable line — taken from The Breakfast Club —could very well be the unofficial slogan that describes Lamborghini’s knack for producing some of the most sought after sports cars ever made — not to mention the vicious charging bull that strikes fear into the hearts of unworthy challengers!

Celebrated the world over, the Italian automaker has produced high performance cars since 1963 and is best known for the game-changing Miura, Countach, Diablo, Murcielago, and the ever-popular Aventador, which seems to be in every high-profile celebrities garage.

While much of Lamborghini’s success has been attributed to these star players, a winning roster requires depth and consistency on all fronts. Lambo’s bull pen has always been deep, so it’s time to shine the spotlight on eight lesser known beasts that have donned the horns of the Taurus.

Lamborghini 350 GT

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Lamborghini’s very first production vehicle was a ground breaking achievement for a tractor maker and a great way to stick it to Enzo Ferrari. Only 120 of these vehicles were built, so you’ll likely have better luck catching a glimpse of this relic in a museum than the road—Unless of course you’re Jay Leno. Originally unveiled at the 1964 Turin auto show, Lamborghini’s first offering was an exquisitely styled Grand Tourer designed by Carrozzeria. The 350 GT featured a 3.5 litre V12 engine with 5-speed ZF manual transmission that produced 270 bhp. The 350 GT would shape the sports car industry for the following decades, as Lamborghini gained a following and put other established brands like Ferrari on high alert!

Designer: Carrozzeria Touring
Year: 1964–1966
Engine: 3.5L V12 DOHC
Power: 270 bhp
Produced: 120

Lamborghini Espada

lamborghini espada

The Espada was a grand touring coupe that enjoyed a decade of production from 1968 until 1978. This vehicle was, and remains one of Lamborghinis most unique models —a true 2+2 with full rear passenger seating — the Espada certainly had room to spare! Long and boisterous, the Espada employed a 3.9 V12 engine capable of producing 320 horses – turning double dates into speed dates at the shift of a gear — insert drum roll here!

Named after a bullfighter’s sword, 1,217 Espada’s were produced over three incarnations making it Lamborghinis top selling vehicle by the time it ended production. Without a doubt, the Espada holds a prominent place in Lamborghini’s history and remains a popular —and slightly more accessible — collector car among Lamborghini enthusiasts.

Designer: Marcello Gandini at Bertone
Year: 1968-1978
Engine: 3.9L V12
Power: 325 bhp
Produced: 1,217
Name meaning: Refers to a bullfighter’s sword

Lamborghini Islero

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The Islero was a short-lived successor to the 400GT that spawned only 225 models between 1968 and 1969 – making it a true rarity. Named after a bull that killed famed matador Manuel Rodriguez, this was Ferruccio Lamborghini’s personal vehicle of choice during its limited production run. The Islero had two versions; Islero and Islero S — which featured slight body modifications and a 25 bhp bump in power to 350 bhp. The front engine, rear wheel drive layout relied on the strength of a Lamborghini V12, accompanied by a five-speed, reverse manual all-synchromesh transmission, with top speeds of 259km/h (161 mph)! While the Islero had a short life and remains somewhat of a lesser known, it was prominently featured in the Roger Moore film, The Man Who Haunted Himself — you can spot it the film trailer.

Designer: Carrozzeria Marazzi
Year: 1968-69
Engine: 3.9L V12
Power: 325 bhp
Produced: 225
Name meaning: Named after bull that killed famed matador Manuel Rodriguez

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Lamborghini Jarama

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Lamborghini Jarama at AutoItalia Brooklands May 2012 1-cropped” by Tony Harrison from Farnborough, UKAltered by Cloverleaf IIAutoItalia Brooklands May 2012 THP_7959. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons. HTML source

The Lamborghini Jarama was a front engine grand tourer produced from 1970 until 1976, stamping its name on 328 units. Its existence was a result of the Lamborghini Islero failing to meet American safety and emissions standards. This minor roadblock prompted Ferruccio Lamborghini to commission Marcello Gandini to design a new model instead of producing a third edition of the Islero. And so the Lamborghini Jarama was born! Produced in two separate versions; the original GT (1970-73) featured a V12 engine that produced 350 hp, while the upgraded Jarama S/GTS cranked the output up to 365 hp, integrated power steering and made automatic transmission a regular option. While the Jarama was essentially an Islero with a shortened chassis and style modifications, it went a long way to furthering Lamborghini’s presence in North America.

Designer: Marcello Gandini at Bertone
Year: 1970–1976
Engine: 3.9 L V12
Power: 350 bhp
Produced: 328 units
Name meaning: Named after the Jarama bull fighting region in Spain.

Lamborghini Urraco

Lamborghini Urraco P111 (France)” by Alexandre Prévot from Nancy, France,cropped and lightly altered by uploader Mr.choppersLamborghini Urraco P111. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons.

The Lamborghini Urraco was the first widely accessible sports car produced by Lamborghini, as the price was lower, it was slightly more approachable for the “working man” than its predecessors. Manufactured between 1973-79, 791 Urraco’s were produced, including the P200 P250 and P300. The P300 had a 3.0 V8 DOHC engine that produced 247 bhp and maxed out at 260 km/h (162 mph). A specifically modified version of the Urraco P250 was exclusively made for the American market, so if you ever happen to encounter one on this side of the pond, chances are it’s a P111. Once again, due to American road safety and emission laws, the P111 received a larger bumper and emission controls, which unfortunately decreased the power of the original P250. While the Urraco models were more widely appealing and affordable than Lamborghini’s famed super cars, they nearly ruined the company and were a nightmare to service. Ferruccio Lamborghini’s initial vision was to create exceptional performance vehicles and provide unparalleled customer service. So while the Urraco was more affordable upon initial purchase, servicing the vehicles often proved to be a financial burden for many middle class owners, prompting Lamborghini to retire the Urraco in the late 70’s.

Designer: Bertone
Year: 1973-1979
Engine: 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 V8
Power: 180-247 bhp
Produced: 791
Name Meaning: Named after a specific breed of fighting bulls (surprise, surprise)

Lamborghini LM002

Lamborghini LM002

Lamborghini’s and SUV’s. Most would never think to utter these two words in the same sentence, but get ready for it — Lamborghini actually produced an SUV from 1986 through 1993 — before the likes of Porsche and BMW decades later. The Lamborghini LM002 was initially designed to service companies in rich oil producing nations, such as Brunei, where the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah was appointed a one-of-a-kind, custom-built LM002. The LM002 was the very first four-wheel drive vehicle produced by Lamborghini and was actually an offshoot of a Chrysler military prototype vehicle, “The Cheetah”. It was playfully dubbed the “Rambo Lambo”, due to its military design history and the Sly Stallone action films of the 80’s. Overall 328 units were produced over eight years, however Lamborghini has not produced a commercial SUV since. This beast featured a 7.2 L V12 and a 5-speed manual transmission, producing anywhere between 420-450 hp depending on the model year. With luxurious features, the LM002 included a full leather interior, tinted power windows, air conditioning and a top of the line stereo system — perfect for whipping around the deserts of the middle east where the blistering heat, sun and sand can put a damper on your day. While an unusual edition to the Lamborghini catalogue, the LM002 was ahead of its time and set the stage for high performance SUV’s.

Designer: Lamborghini
Year: 1986–1993
Engine: 7.2 L V12
Power: 420-450 hp
Produced: 328
A.K.A: “Rambo Lambo

Lamborghini Jalpa

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Lamborghini Jalpa front” by The359Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Commons.

The Jalpa was a 3.5 litre V8 powered sports car produced by Lamborghini from 1981-88, and is the first car on our list to sport the now signature scissor doors. Over the course of it’s production, 410 Jalpa’s were produced. The Jalpa was yet another attempt by Lamborghini to offer a more affordable sports car — which it was — in comparison to the Lamborghini Countach. While the Jalpa was cheaper than the Countach, it was also less powerful, however this feature turned out to be somewhat of a benefit for owners of the car. The Jalpa was reported as being significantly easier to handle in heavy traffic and had superior visibility, which was an ideal selling feature to the casual sports car consumer —especially if driving the car on a frequent basis. In 1985 the connection between Sly Stallone and Lamborghini continued (remember the Rambo Lambo!?), as the Jalpa was featured in Rocky IV, as the title character’s car of choice.

Designer: Carrozzeria Bertone
Year: 1981-1988
Engine: 3.5 L V8
Power: 255 Bhp
Produced: 410
Name Meaning: The name Jalpa Kandachia came from a famous breed of fighting bulls

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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

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In 2011 Lamborghini unveiled the Sesto Elemento, which translates from Italian to English as the “Sixth Element”. This mid-engine, AWD super car is composed mainly of lightweight carbon and was granted a very limited release, having only produced 20 such models for track use.

Yes, you read that correct — the Sesto Elemento has so much raw power it’s not even street legal! Just think of it as a really, really, ridiculously good-looking weekend toy with a huge price tag and kahunas to match. The price range for this rare specimen has been reported to be between $2.2 and $2.9 million U.S., but even if you have the coin to spare, don’t get your hopes up as all 20 models have already been sold. Perhaps you’ll get lucky and get a deal on a second hander — one can dream, right? The Sesto is based on the popular Gallardo chassis, but manages to come in a whopping 1100lbs lighter. No surprise then, that this is one lithe and light cruise missile.

Year: 2011
Engine: 5.2 L V10 570HP
Transmission: 6-speed Transmission with paddle shift
Power: 570 hp
Produced: 20
Price: $2.2 million – $2.9 million USD
Name: Italian for “Sixth Element”
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