1976 Lamborghini Silhouette


1976 Lamborghini Silhouette

Released at the 1976 Geneva Motor Show, the Silhouette was a targa-style version of the Urraco P300. It was Lamborghini’s first open model which used a removable roof that could be stored behind the rear seats.

To accommodate the new roof, significant changes were made to the Urraco structure to increase rigidity. Bertone was commissioned to restyle the body and make room for the ultra-wide Pirelli P7 tires. They added new wheel arches, a distinct front dam with ducts for the oil cooler and brakes. The rear had a unique window treatment that was really an oversize hoop to hide the roll-bar.

Behind the passenger’s sat a mid-mounted, quad-cam V8 engine which was good for 265 bhp. Since Lamborghini was not importing cars at the time, only a few cars were sold in the grey market to America, and all versions had 265 bhp for the European market.

While the intention was to revive the Urraco model, only around 50 Silhouettes were ever manufactured. Later, Lamborghini released the ultimate version known as the Jalpa.

1976 Lamborghini Silhouette

1976 Lamborghini Silhouette

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
released at1976 Geneva Motor Show
built atSant’Agata Bolognese, Italy
body stylistBertone
production54
price $$ 27,000
succeccesor1982 Lamborghini Jalpa 3500
engineV8
positionMid, Transverse
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed4 Twin-Choke Weber Carburetors
displacement2996 cc / 182.8 in³
bore86.0 mm / 3.39 in
stroke64.5 mm / 2.54 in
compression10.0:1
power193.9 kw / 260.0 bhp @ 7500 rpm
specific output86.78 bhp per litre
bhp/weight208.5 bhp per tonne
torque275.2 nm / 203.0 ft lbs @ 3500 rpm
redline7500
body / frameUnitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsRWD
wheel type15-inch Magnesium
front tires195/50VR-15 Pirelli P7
rear tires285/40VR-15 Pirelli P7
front brakesVentilated Discs w/ Vacuum Assist
rear brakesVentilated Discs w/ Vacuum Assist
front wheelsF 38.1 x 20.3 cm / 15.0 x 8.0 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 27.9 cm / 15.0 x 11.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionMacPherson struts w/Lower A-arms, Coil springs, Anti-roll bar
r suspensionMacPherson struts w/Coil springs, Anti-roll bar
curb weight1247 kg / 2750 lbs
wheelbase2450 mm / 96.5 in
front track1481 mm / 58.3 in
rear track1537 mm / 60.5 in
length4320 mm / 170.1 in
width1880 mm / 74.0 in
height1120 mm / 44.1 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.93:1, 2.10:1, 1.56:1, 1.18:1, 0.87:1
final drive4.00:1
top speed~236.6 kph / 147.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~6.8 seconds
0 – 100 mph~16.1 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~15.2 seconds

 

1976 Lamborghini Silhouette

1978 Lamborghini Silhouette 40066 – sold for $60,500. Despite its cutting-edge styling, open-air design and high-performance capabilities, only an estimated 54 Silhouettes were produced between 1976 and 1979. Showing just over 61,600 actual kilometers, this wonderful late-production example from 1978 was acquired by the current owner in 1991. It has been maintained and selectively upgraded ever since and remains in remarkable condition today. Incredibly rare and blessed with race-inspired driving dynamics that remain outstanding to this day, this late-production Silhouette will deliver a quintessentially Italian supercar driving experience. Auction Source: RM Auctions’ 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey