Lot 201 - 1974 Lamborghini Jarama S
|Odometer reading||121,900 km|
|Estimate||£119,000 - £140,000|
- One of just 150 Jarama S
- Unique provenance
- Owned by prominent Lamborghini collectors
- Believed to be used by F1 Driver Clay Regazzoni
Born from a desire to satisfy the insatiable appetite of the American market, the Jarama was essentially a redesigned Islero built to comply with strict new USA safety rules. Lamborghini therefore made the Jarama with a 10.7 inch shorter chassis to meet those U.S. standards. The Jarama was now built on a shortened version of the same platform as the Espada.
Two different models were made, the original GT having a 350 bhp V12, and the Jarama S (also known as GTS) with its output upped to 365 bhp. The Jarama S had minor body modifications, redesigned interior dashboard, power assisted steering, removable roof panels, and an automatic transmission available as an option.
Ferruccio Lamborghini named the Jarama after a district in Spain renowned for breeding fighting bulls and the eccentric designer showed his new prize bull at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. His personal Jarama GTS is, we believe, still on display at the official Lamborghini museum at the company's factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. Sources vary for accuracy, but our research suggests that just 328 Jaramas were manufactured. Of these 178 were the ‘standard' Jarama produced from 1970 to 1972 and 150 were the Jarama 'S' produced from 1972 to 1975.
The Jarama S offered here was originally purchased by a Ms Bianca Camnasio, a resident of Monza, from Achilli Motors in Milan in March 1974, and owned for three years before selling to Chuck Jones, an American owner in the F1 Ensign racing team. Racing driver Clay Regazzoni, a driver for the team, apparently used the car whenever Chuck didn’t need it and Chuck subsequently imported the car to California although it was not registered. The third owner, Terry Tuscher, a well known Lamborghini collector and friend of Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni, purchased the car in 1981 with Valentino's help, at which point he states the car had covered some 34,999 kilometres (22,000 miles). Mr Tusher lived in San Diego at the time and used the Jarama as his daily driver before shipping it to his home in Honolulu. To enable a purchase of a 1972 Dino, Mr Tuscher then sold the car to a Mr Baur in Chicago before later in 2013, our vendor - a prominent Lamborghini collector and enthusiast - purchased and imported the car to the UK.
Presented in Metallic Bronze with Tan leather trim, a unique aspect of this car is the front suspension. We are informed that the car has special front end bushes; according to Valentino Balboni it is one of the only Jaramas with these bushes. In fine fettle today, under our vendor’s tenure the car has had a full Connolly hide retrim including new full carpets. Our vendor also had the gearbox rebuilt which included the clutch, two servos rebuilt, new radiator fans, rebuilt the radiator and overhauled the headlight lifter to name but a few. Indeed, he has lavished circa £20,000 on the car during his ownership.
Accompanying the car is the original service booklet including leather Achilli Motors wallet from the supplying dealer, original driver’s handbook, original sales and registration document of second owner Chuck Jones and photocopies of the original Lamborghini build sheets. A truly fabulous car with equally impressive provenance and incredibly rare, this is a real treat for Lamborghini enthusiasts and collectors alike.
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