Ferrucio Lamborghini love for the Jarama model
When you hear Lamborghini it must come to your mind some of the models they created, modern or classic. But when you ask the founder which car was the best for him, Ferrucio answer was Lamborghini Jarama.
Ferruccio Lamborghini love for Spain and bullfighting
Ferrucio loved Spain. Even though he loved Italy to tears, he named some of his cars with Spanish icons. In 1962, Ferruccio Lamborghini visited the Seville ranch of Don Eduardo Miura, a renowned breeder of Spanish fighting bulls. Lamborghini, a Taurus himself, was so impressed by the majestic Miura animals that he decided to adopt a raging bull as the emblem for the automaker he would open shortly. Miura is the surname of probably the best known bull breeders in the world, they are indeed some of the best bulls you can have in a bull fighting arena not only for the strength but also for the attitude. If you ever go to San Fermin in Pamplona, they are one of the regulars and if you can watch them in action, they are one of the best encierros and bullfight event during the festive week. Lamborghini also created the Espada (sword) model, probably in honor of the one used to kill the bulls. They also named a car with the name of the bull who killed one of the best bullfighters in history: Islero, who killed Manolete in 1947. Urraco is a bull breed too; Murcielago, Diablo, Gallardo and estoque all have a bullfighting connection in some way. He clearly liked the power and strength.
The Countach broke the tradition as it refers to a Piedmontese swearword that probably remind him of a personal anecdote, but the one that could look odd is the best car according to him. The Lamborghini Jarama.
Jarama is just North of Madrid and it is not only a historic bullfighting region but also it is the name of the Circuit placed in there. It is a permanent tracked built in 1967, home of nine Spanish GP between 1968 and 1981.
The Jarama is the evolution of the Islero. It’s a 2+2 car produced between 1970 and 1976 and only 328 vehicles were crafted during that time, making the model a very rare model even for Lamborghini standards. In a 1991 interview his words for this car were: "I preferred the Jarama to all the others, because it is the perfect compromise between the Miura and the Espada. The Miura is a sports car for the young at heart who want to go like hell and love to be seen. Myself, I considered the Miura too extroverted after a while. In turn, the Espada was my Rolls-Royce: still quite fast, but also large and comfortable. The Jarama is the perfect car if you just want to have one car."
You could claim he was just trying to sell cars, but he personally owned a Jarama GTS (like the one pictured below) that is exposed in the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese in Italy (where the factory still is) even though the brand is now owned by Volkswagen Group.
Now you have the rationale of why is such a great car !!
Lamborghini Jarama for sale
There are a few available examples every now and then. to be very fair the price of this machine is not too high compared to other brands and models. You can find decent examples starting just over £100.000
Pictures thanks to Wheelsage.org,