Lamborghini Weekend Edition – 1984 Lamborghini Jalpa

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With all the talk of Miuras and Countachs, it’s all too easy to overlook the so-called lesser Lamborghinis. But the ’80s Jalpa deserves its spot in the limelight, as it’s every bit as ostentatious and every bit as visible on the silver screen. In a career-advancing episode of Miami Vice, Phil the Shill, Phil Collins drove a white Jalpa just like this; in Rocky IV, Stallone drove a black one.

This 1984 Jalpa is for sale at a dealer in Switzerland. Check it out.

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Next to affordable-ish Ferraris, the Jalpa is an interesting left-field choice. It’s not what you’d instantly think you should pick up. For 64 000 eur, this 79 500 km car is on the expensive side, but it appears very clean.

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The white leather is so clean I get snow blindness from this photo, but the steering wheel in turn does display a rather significant amount of wear. And the dashboard seems to be assembled out of building blocks.

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Those deep-centered wheels suit the design exceptionally well, flared by countachian mouldings. A development of the earlier Lamborghini Silhouette (nah, it’s not a minivan), the Jalpa used a 255-horsepower 3.5-litre V8.

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[youtube width=”720″ height=”500″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwPb7g_BlXQ[/youtube]

In closing, here’s a motivational video clip where Sylvester Stallone lives in a van down by the river drives the aforementioned black Jalpa.

[Images: Lamborghini Porrentruy]

 

12 Comments

  1. The only way this could be more '80s is if Spandau Ballet was blasting from the cassette player.

  2. Much more attractive than Gallardo. If you're going to be vulgar, do it right!
    *edit: The Patek Phillipe sign in the distance is a nice touch.

  3. Love it, but I could never live with a white interior. Not that I could afford it, anyway. The Silhouette was actually the middle child, as it was, itself, an evolution of the Urraco. I've always had an affinity for the Jalpa and the Silhouette, but as the entry-level exotics have seen a surge in price over the last decade, the Jalpa has risen in price disproportionately. Twenty years ago, a Jalpa would have been a good 10 grand less than a comparable 308 GTS, but partly due to its relative rarity, the Jalpa will now cost 10k more than a comparable GTS. At least its price hasn't risen as fast as Panteras which have more than doubled in the last 10-15 years.

  4. At first glance I thought someone made a car by fusing the front end of a Porsche 924 onto the back end of a Lotus Esprit.

  5. "The dashboard seems to be assembled out of building blocks" My first time seeing a Countach up close I was amazed at the interior. Most kit cars would be embarrassed to have an interior that bad .I would be horrible at doing a dash and interior and I'm sure I could have done better.

    1. Yes, I don't think I've ever seen an interior as indifferently slapped together as this one.

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