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1973 LAMBORGHINI URRACO P250S

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This Lamborghini Urraco P250S is a fully restored version of this rare 2+2 Italian sports car. Its mid-mounted engine is a 2.5-litre V8 producing 220hp, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The odometer shows 2,885 miles, which is the mileage since restoration.

This UK-market, right-hand drive Urraco was first registered on 1 November 1973, and is recorded as having only three previous owners to date. It is also understood to be one of around 52 right-hand drive P250 models ever made, with the current vendor owning it for seven years.

The Urraco underwent a total restoration in 2012, with the work carried out by renowned marque specialist Colin Clarke Engineering. This was previously Mr. Clarke’s personal car, and it has covered less than 3,000 miles since the exhaustive refurbishment.

Resplendent in Tahiti Blue, the Urraco demonstrates a deep shine thanks to its bare-metal repaint. The dramatic wedge-shaped bodywork is reported to be in excellent condition, with taut shut lines and no evidence of accident damage. The vendor notes that a 1cm nick on the chrome trim on the passenger door, and some crazing in the paint on the passenger door mirror.

Brightwork including the Bertone and Lamborghini badges, chrome door handles and window surrounds is all in good order, while the black rear window louvres present well. This 1970s pin-up even retains its original windscreen. The Lamborghini rolls on original 14-inch Campagnolo alloy wheels, with only minor imperfections present on the centre caps.

As part of the restoration process, the Urraco’s blue leather upholstery was refurbished. The seats and door cards present beautifully. The front seats, steering wheel and gearstick exhibit a lived-in patina, which the restoration process was designed to preserve. The vendor notes two marks in the original dashboard covering, as well as a worn area to the top of the passenger door trim.

All switchgear is present and working, though the vendor states that the base of the driver’s seat back frame has been previously repaired. This elegant GT car also has electric windows, as well as a cassette player with LCD readout.

The most recent service was carried out in September 2018 by Colin Clarke Engineering. The fuel lines and filter were replaced, with the distributor cleaned and rephased. The carburettors were also balanced and retuned to optimise running. During the vendor’s ownership, the auxiliary distributor and water pump drive belt have also been replaced.

Prior to this, the cambelt was replaced in June 2015 when the engine was removed to replace the number one small end bearing. A full service was then carried out.

Extensive restoration works carried out in 2012 saw the 2.5-litre V8 fully rebuilt, along with the gearbox and clutch, as well as the front and rear subframes. Attention was also given to the suspension and brakes, while the wheels were refurbished and a new exhaust system fitted with stainless steel valves. To improve driveability, an electronic ignition system has been installed, bringing this 1970s sports car into the 21st century.

The most recent MOT test was on 13 June 2017 at 2,046 miles, which it passed at the first time of asking with no advisories. Due to its age, the Lamborghini is exempt from further MOT testing or Road Fund Licence payments. Shod in matching Michelin XWX tyres all round including the spare; the vendor states that these are in good condition with sufficient tread.

The Urraco will be supplied with its full-size spare wheel, original owner’s manual and sales brochure. Historical invoices and MOT certificates dating back to 1993 will also be included.

This Lamborghini Urraco P250S is an expertly restored, low-ownership example of the model, presented in an attractive colour scheme and with era-defining wedge design. It has been gently used and cherished since the restoration, and would be the ideal tourer in which to undertake a pleasing European jaunt with friends or family.

All UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

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