1973 Lamborghini Urraco P250


  • Early first generation, euro-spec car
  • Highly desirable 2.5-litre V8 '250' engine
  • Rarer 'S' specification
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Over €20,000 spent in recent mechanical work, using original Lamborghini parts
  • Professionally resprayed to an exacting standard
  • One of 520 made

The Appeal

Urraco means “little bull” in Italian, which is precisely what this is. Designed to take the fight to the Porsche 911 and Ferrari Dino as a more affordable sports car for a wider audience, the Urraco was Lamborghini’s first shot at opening out their market share.

Designed by Gandini during his time at Bertone, it’s a stunningly realised machine, with period wedge styling and some lovely detailing. We’re told the cabin in this example is completely original, and it certainly bears the hallmarks of a very well-preserved vehicle.

If you’re in the market for a gorgeous classic supercar, these ‘baby bulls’ are becoming ever more collectible. Making a solid and original example like this a truly special thing.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in September 1973
  • Early first generation, Euro-spec car
  • 8,959Km indicated (five-figure odometer)
  • Italian documents and Rome registration
  • One of just 520 examples built
  • The vendor tells us the car is “fully certified by Lamborghini”

The Interior

  • Half leather tan upholstery
  • Classic Jaeger instruments
  • Electric windows
  • Blaupunkt radio/cassette

One of the first things you notice in the cabin is the delightful original half-leather upholstery. The leather is a warm, rich tan, with light grey, thinly-ribbed fabric centres to the seats and headlining.

All of the leather is in lovely condition, with a light, genuine patina and no significant wear or damage we could see. Much the same is true of the fabric elements, with the seat centres and headlining looking to be in good order, with no tears we could see and no notable wear.

Matching the handsome tan of the leather, the carpets are a welcoming brown shade and present well, with no tearing, threading or staining apparent in either the cabin or the boot area.

The dashboard itself is trimmed in a grey material that shows well for its age. Meanwhile, the switchgear and driving controls appear to be undamaged and complete, while all wearing a fine level of wear, commensurate with the vehicle’s age. It makes for a truly attractive driving environment that retains a wonderful period feel.

The Exterior

  • Alluring red paintwork
  • recently restored to a very high standard
  • Pop-up headlights
  • Original alloy wheels
  • Overall excellent condition

Finished in striking red paintwork, the Urraco is a wonderful piece of design. Well proportioned, with that classic 70s wedge styling, we think it’s one of the most handsome cars of its period. Especially those rear louvres, we adore them.

The paintwork itself shows well, with a good level of gloss and no significant wear or damage we could identify. The Vendor informs us that the car was recently subjected to a thorough restoration, and as such the paintwork presents in fabulous condition.

Looking at the bodywork, all the panels look nice and straight, with clean lines and no evidence of corrosion we could discern. Similarly, the trim and badging all appears to be clean and tidy, with nothing missing and only expected levels of wear or blemishing, with a little pitting to some of the brightwork.

The wheels are the correct Campagnola 14-inch alloy wheels. They’re shod with Toyo tyres, with a thick sidewall, as was correct in period, which will add a lovely level of plushness to the ride.

Underneath, the car looks to have been very well cared for. The floor and mechanical components we can see all look to be in good order, straight and clean. It appears as if the floor and sills have been well undersealed, and there’s no evidence of corrosion to report.

The Mechanics

  • 2,463cc naturally aspirated V8
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Over €20,000 spent in mechanical work, as evidenced by invoices present

Looking under the rear engine cover, the engine bay is lovely and clean, with no signs of leaks or other issues we could see.

That mid-mounted V8 – which along with the transmission was made specially for this model – is renowned for making a spectacular noise. Unsurprising considering the factory-fitted quad Weber 40 DCNF carburetors. When new, it served up a healthy 220hp to the rear wheels. Mated to the manual transmission and with fully independent McPherson suspension all round, it makes for a properly engaging driver’s car capable of almost 150mph.

We’re assured by the vendor that everything works as it should, with no mechanical faults reported.


Once the forgotten and unloved Lamborghini, the Urraco is actually a very fine car – and the market is beginning to recognise that. Original cars in such fine specification and condition as this are difficult to find and highly prized. As such, if you’ve always fancied putting one on your driveway, this is the perfect opportunity.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make Lamborghini
  • Model Urraco P250S
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 8,959 Miles
  • Engine size 2463
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Frascati
  • Location NOT STATED
  • Country Italy
Bidding history
35 bids
  • TP•••• €78,500 03/04/23
  • mo•••• €76,000 31/03/23
  • TP•••• €75,500 31/03/23
  • mo•••• €73,500 31/03/23
  • TP•••• €73,000 31/03/23
  • mo•••• €71,500 31/03/23
  • vi•••• €71,000 31/03/23
  • ph•••• €70,000 31/03/23
  • ph•••• €65,000 31/03/23
  • TP•••• €61,000 31/03/23

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