Superb early GT with only one previous owner from new
Thick history file, much of it by the factory
Older factory restoration with few km since
Photographic record of engine overhaul
One of only 176 GTs
Gandini design and said to be Ferruccio’s favourite car
In the 1960s Lamborghini hadn’t yet fully embraced the outlandish supercar oeuvre began with the Miura and continued with the Countach. For those with more sober tastes the firm offered suitable restrained GTs.
The Jarama was designed to bridge that gap, a car designed to blend the best of the Miura and Espada in a package aimed at what the firm described as ‘gentleman drivers.’ With crisp Gandini lines, a hand-built V12 and 5spd manual gearbox, just 328 were built over five years of which only 176 were GTs that were only available for the first two years.
This gorgeous Jarama GT is one of those early cars and has had just two owners, the last for 28 years. Its thick history file includes a full factory restoration followed by an engine rebuild in the 1990s. The car has covered just 25,000kms since.
The Jarama was said to be Ferruccio’s favourite car and looking at this superb example it is easy to see why. This is an opportunity discerning classic car collectors will not want to miss.
The History and Paperwork
First registered on 30th November 1972
Acquired by the seller on 25th August 1995
First registered in the Netherlands at the same time
One of 176 GTS and one of the last built before the introduction of the S models
Originally sold new in Switzerland
Extensive history file including considerable work undertaken by Sant A’gata
First major service undertaken by the factory
Restored in 1991 at the factory, which is fully documented by invoices
Purchase contract for second owner
Second owner runs various car dealerships who have maintained this car
Engine overhaul including new pistons, chains, clutch, radiator and starter motor
This work is documented in photographs and with invoices
Has covered 25,000kms since the engine rebuild
Always stored in a heated, covered garage
Original factory handbook in very good condition
Parts manuals and workshop manual
Invoices and independent inspections included
Various information sheets
This car is one of the last GTs built and was first registered in Switzerland in late 1972. The first owner arranged servicing work by the factory, documented in the history file, and retained the Jarama until 1995 when it was sold to its second and current owner. Prior to its sale it was comprehensively restored in 1991 by the factory, which is documented by invoices with the car.
The second owner runs various car dealerships and so the car was carefully maintained by his own workshops. This included an engine overhaul in 1997 – 25,000kms ago – which included pistons, timing chains, clutch, radiator and starter motor.
The car has always been stored in a dry, heated and covered garage – which its condition confirms – and is sold with an extensive history file including original manuals and handbooks and extensive Lamborghini invoices.
Classic red bodywork with matching black and red leather interior with veneer highlights
Striking Gandini styling provides bold profile with airy 2+2 interior
Neat detailing including NACA bonnet ducts, ‘clap hands’ wipers and headlamp ‘eyebrows’
Presented in superb condition reflecting the older factory restoration
Sparing use since the restoration work
Panel fit and paint finish reflects the high standard of factory workmanship
Entirely standard car including factory Technomagnesio alloy wheels
Fitted with quality Pirelli tyres in good condition with plenty of tread
Factory standard car throughout except for addition of Heuer stopwatches on dashboard
Chromework and glasswork unmarked and in superb condition
Underside reflects condition of the rest of the car with no structural issues to note
Very well kept interior with two-tone leather seats and elegant dashboard
Veneers present well with no visible marks, delamination or cracks
Full instrumentation using beautiful Jaeger dials
Later Philips radio cassette system fitted
White headlining is unmarked with no visible deterioration
Wooden three spoke steering wheel
Original on-board tools in tool roll in boot with spinner knock off tool
The Jarama is a clever blend of both ends of the Lamborghini sports car range, blending as it does the basic profile of the Espada with a more squat, compact sports car visage. It is a striking yet simple, beautifully detailed design, the headlamp arrangement and even the ‘clap hands’ wipers adding visual appeal.
Under the handsome angular bodywork lies a shortened Espada chassis. It borrows the Espada’s practical 2+2 GT prowess with a more agile, sporting gait.
As you might expect from a car that was comprehensively restored by the factory in the early 1990s with subsequent sparing use, this two owner 1972 Jarama is in superb condition. The panels display excellent fit and the paintwork retains its quality lustre. It sits on factory correct Techno Magnesio alloy wheels with fat Pirelli tyres. The underside continues the theme, presenting in superb condition in the photographs.
3,929cc 12cyl hand-built Lamborghini engine developing around 350bhp
Six 40DCOE Weber carburettors
5spd manual gearbox
Air conditioning system removed but original parts provided with car
Lightly modified with electronic ignition and twin vacuum gauges
Engine rebuilt 25,000kms ago in 1997
The Jarama uses Lamborghini’s 12cyl 3.9litre engine. Like Ferrari’s Dino motor, this is one of Italian motoring’s utter gems, a powerplant deemed so good that it continued to power the firm’s cars for 50 years and well into the 21st century.
Six Weber carburettors help push power around 350bhp, which is delivered to the rear wheels by a suitably sporting 5spd manual gearbox.
The engine on this car was rebuilt 25,000kms ago in 1997, including new pistons and timing chains. The clutch, radiator and starter motor were also replaced. The only variations from standard are electronic ignition and twin vacuums – one for each cylinder bank – with dash-mounted read-out dials.
The vendor runs a number of car dealerships and the car has always been maintained by his own workshops.
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