Automobili Lamborghini was declared bankrupt in late and spent the next couple of years in receivership struggling to make ends meet. To supplement the handful of Countach still trickling out of the factory the new court-appointed boss, Alessandro Artese, kept things ticking over with a contract to convert Fiat s into off-road vehicles. Thankfully, new buyers for the company emerged in July five months after it had entered liquidation. Armed with an unlimited credit note from their bank, young Swiss industrialists Patrick and Jean-Claude Mimram were first given permission to manage Automobili Lamborghini as a test of their ability. In complete contrast to the Rossetti — Leimer era, Lamborghini blossomed under their custodianship. To complement the Countach, the Mimrams commissioned two new models: a targa-topped two-seat V8 based on the Tipo Silhouette and a wild luxury all-terrain vehicle based on the Cheetah.
1981 - 1988 Lamborghini Jalpa
Lamborghini Jalpa P
The Jalpa was a development of the earlier Silhouette intended to fill a role as a more "affordable" Lamborghini, being much less expensive than the flagship Countach and being also designed by Bertone. The name Jalpa Kandachia came from a famous breed of fighting bulls , a tradition later followed with the Gallardo. The Jalpa was fitted with a 3. The performance of the Jalpa was comparable to the entry-level Ferrari which itself was based on the older Ferrari When the car was sold in , the plastic components bumpers, air intakes and engine cover were black, and the car carried over the rectangular taillights of the Silhouette along with the targa top body style. This was changed in when round taillights were fitted and the black plastic parts were replaced by parts in body colour. A rear wing like on the Countach was optional.
Lamborghini Jalpa Buyer’s Guide: What You Need to Know About Values, Problem Areas, and More
The Lamborghini Jalpa was a sports car produced between and It was slotted below the iconic Countach , being not only significantly more affordable than the supercar, but also easier to drive in heavy traffic and at slow speeds. Unlike the Countach, the Jalpa was powered by a V-8 engine. Its retirement in meant the end of the entry-level, affordable Lamborghini until the introduction of the Gallardo , in Affected by the financial downturn and the oil crisis, Ferruccio sold the company in , only 11 years since its birth.
The Jalpa was the successor to the Lamborghini Silhouette, a Bertone designed evolution of the Silhouette bodywork. On the Geneva Auto Show a prototype was shown with a rear spoiler installed but it wasn't installed on the actual production types. The dashboard used a new kind of box-shaped instrumentation, on the early Jalpa's a steering wheel similar to the Silhouette's was used, later a bigger, triangular shaped one was installed.