This October, the Urraco, the trailblazing car and legendary milestone in Lamborghini’s history and heritage, celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Originally unveiled at the 1970 Turin Auto Show, this distinctive 2+2 coupé, whose name literally means “Little Bull” is now both a collector’s item and a genuine piece of automotive history. Designed by Marcello Gandini and developed by Paolo Stanzani, the Urraco was the brainchild of Ferruccio Lamborghini himself, who is on the record for stating his desire to offer Lamborghini’s exclusive style and performance to a wider, albeit limited, public.
And there is no doubt that the Urraco met his challenge! With its double novelty of a 2.5-liter V8 engine and single overhead camshaft per bank distribution, the original P250 model delivered an unforgettable driving experience of 220 CV at 7800 rpm with a top speed of 245 km/h. This astounding achievement was then eclipsed in the later P300 version, which reduced the car’s displacement, resulting in 265 CV; a breakthrough that influenced a whole generation of Lamborghini models from the Gallardo to the current Huracán.
The car’s shape is legendary, too, as it took the rounded contours of the Miura and sharpened them into a dynamic wedge that later became the hallmark of the Lamborghini Countach. With its signature teardrop headlights, louvers and slanting roofline the Urraco’s exciting exterior is matched by its ground-breaking interiors that feature angled windows, a revolutionary dashboard design and dished steering wheel.
In fact, this world-beating car was so ahead of its time that it continues to raise adrenaline levels today, just like it did when it first rolled off the production line.
So, Happy Birthday “Little Bull” and thank you for fifty years of unforgettable emotions.