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  Lamborghini Jarama

Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT/GTS
EngineV-twelve-cylinder (60°)
Displacement (bore*stroke)3929 cm³ (82,0 mm * 62,0 mm)
CrankshaftMounted sevenfold
Compression ratio10,7 : 1
Engine control2 * DOHC (chain)
Mixture formation6 double flat-side carburettors, electric fuel pump
CoolingPump circulation, 14 litres
Torque392/407 Nm at 5500 rpm
Performance257/268 kW (350/365 HP) at 7500 rpm
Car designMarcello Gandini
Drive trainFront engine, rear drive
ClutchSingle disk, dry, hydraulically operated
TransmissionManual five-speed
Suspension f/rDouble wishbone
SteeringWorm, roll
BrakesDiscs, ventilated, rear separate drum/parking brake
Wheelbase2.380 mm
Turning circle l/r11.000/11.200 mm
Tyres f/r215/70 VR 15 (7")
WheelsCampagnolo, magnesium
DesignMarcello Gandini (Bertone)
Length4.485 mm
Width1.820 mm
Height1.190 mm
Tank capacity100 litres
Payload350 kg + driver
Kerb weight1540/1600 kg + driver
Top speed250/260 km/h
Manufactured1970 - 1976
PresentationGenf 1970
Purchase priceFrom 60.000 DM
Electric system12 V/ 72 Ah/ 770 W

It really is surprising, that at that time, Ferruccio Lamborghini gave priority to the Jarama over the other vehicles in his company. He described it as fitting in perfectly between the wild Miura and the established, large Espada, of which the Jarama is practically a shortened version. Presumably, the stable handling characteristics are a result of the weight, which it took over as the offspring. It would (for the time being), be the last front-engined and rear-wheel drive car in the history of the company.

If we disregard the American cars and the European small-series vehicles, then the second series Jarama from 1970 was, after the Lotus Elan and the Miura, one of the first sports cars with pop-up headlights. In most cases this was imposed by the American registration authorities. The particular emphasis in this case, was that they could blink, making an additional headlamp for the high-beam flashing unnecessary.

Having a look at the engine specifications, you'll see that here we're dealing with a particularly high quality product. This doesn't mean, that an American V8-product couldn't have produced a similar or even a higher perormance, indeed 4 camshafts with six twin-carburettors in a V12, is a very high standard. Then the wheelbase can be even shorter that of the VW-Beetle, the engine alone with the flamboyant instrumentation, the huge centre-tunnel and the fine leather seating completed the appeal, we won't even mention the sound up to about 8000 RPM.

The space in the rear of course, was hardly sufficient even for small children. One could go on criticising, e.g., the poor overall view or the exorbitantly high fuel consumption. Indeed, this didn't bother anyone two to four years before the oil-price crisis, certainly, the forces needed to change gears and for the steering were too high, but as far as the safety and handling perfection were concerned, this car was above all doubt. Did you know, that not only the engine but also the gearbox was manufactured by Lamborghini themselves?

Whatever the case may be, Ferruccio Lamborghini appeared to enjoy driving this car, apparently it fulfilled his own high demands. After the sale in 1972 however, the company's history was full of changes. Otherwise, have a look, and be critical if you like, at the restoration projects in video 2 and 3. 07/15