This weekend, I’m posting some of the streetside shots I took a week ago in Helsinki. It’s a weird place: it’s our only city, with a population of some 600,000 people – even if the capital urban region has some 1,300,000 people living in and around Helsinki. Some of the more well-off neighbourhoods are good places if you want to see some interesting metal, but basically anywhere you can see anything.
I’m starting this weekend off with this gloriously red Italian machine, that looked like it had been transplanted on the street from an alternative 1975 reality. Here it is, the Lamborghini Urraco P250S.
My Lamborghini Weekend pretty much ignored the Urraco, with me posting the later, white Jalpa instead. It’s something of an oversight, since the Urraco can really shock you with its looks.
It’s a Bertone design, no doubt. The car actually resembles the Dino 308 GT4 quite a lot, and pricewise it was aimed to compete.
Not content with rear window slats, there are side slats. With Daft Punk again relevant with the new Random Access Memories album, I could well see the duo cruising around town in this.
The Urraco P250S features a relatively small 2.5-litre V8, producing 220hp. 520 were built before 1979.
As a point of note, this is the first English-language car magazine I ever bought. I still have it, the Aug ’97 copy of Thoroughbred & Classic Cars. If I’d have to direct blame to anything, for why I’m in this line of work, this very magazine is a good scapegoat. Reading the magazine in the plane on the way to Vienna, 12 years of age, I was instantly hooked and knew writing about cars was what I really wanted to do at some point. Or so I think. I might’ve also have wanted to draw Lamborghinis…
[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]