1988 Lamborghini Jalpa 3.5 Targa

1988 Lamborghini Jalpa
Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

Produced between 1982 and 1990, the Lamborghini Jalpa was the junior Lamborghini of the 1980s, and was designed to rejoin the battle with Ferrari’s similarly sized 308 series.

Major changes involved the quad-cam V8 engine with a capacity increase to 3.5 liters, and somewhat more aggressive styling, mainly in the side treatment of the body, which was again conceived and executed by Bertone.

Maximum power was 255 bhp at 7,000 rpm, good enough to give the aerodynamic Jalpa a top speed of around 155 mph. Production was both limited and sporadic, with a mere 410 examples manufactured over eight years.

This 1988 Lamborghini Jalpa 3.5 is a remarkable, original, beautifully maintained and preserved example finished in sinister black with matching black leather upholstery and interior trim. It is well equipped with air conditioning, power windows and an Alpine CD stereo.

At some point, it has been repainted to a very high standard but appears to have been driven no more than around the block a few times since leaving Italy almost 30 years ago.