You’ll Struggle To Find A Quirkier Car Than The Lamborghini Jarama

While most, if not all classic Italian sports cars have their fair share of quirks by today’s standards, the Lamborghini Jarama might just top them all.

This example, reviewed by Doug DeMuro in Dubai, is about as weird as any Lamborghini we’ve ever seen, and it’s not because of the way it looks.

The Jarama is a 2+2 grand tourer from the early to mid 70’s, featuring a more angled design than the Espada, and a 3.9-liter V12 engine, which actually sounds pretty darn nice, as DeMuro was more than happy to point out during his drive.

Yet, it’s the interior of this car that can only be described as extremely weird. Buttons are positioned all over the place with all types of cryptic symbols on them. The radio is operated by “feel”, not by sight, the windshield washer button is nowhere near where it should be, and there’s a locking mechanism just for the trunk handle (not the trunk), which by the way isn’t a hatch, despite the car’s aesthetics.

On the road, aside from the great engine note, the Jarama isn’t all that quick, and doesn’t feel particularly nimble. But because of the sound, DeMuro really couldn’t wipe the smile off his face while behind the wheel.

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  • The design might not be on everyone taste but Jarama is basically Islero Mk.2, Which I considered as one of the best Lamborghini ever.

    And beside the V12 is close to what you have in Miura.. For much cheaper price.

    • annon

      love it, dials, buttons & all, different & special

  • smartacus

    i would love to have a 365HP 3.9 V12!
    i’d take it over a 335HP 3.65 V6

    • smartacus

      **Having said that; how did this amateur get his job?
      Where and on who did he have to tickle that great big shnoz?
      He says he never saw a door sill-mounted locking trunk handle before?
      He never saw a stalk-mounted horn button or heard an Italian horn before?
      Obviously; he’s a Northerner because he’s wearing that heavy cotton T-shirt
      with the sweat stain on his sleeve from wiping his brow. He never heard of polyester?

  • Six Thousand Times

    This is where ze Germans have so helped modern Lambos. That interior is a mess. I love the headlights, though.

    • dragoneroscuro

      We are talking about a car that is more than 30 years old.
      The Lamborghini are designed, engineered and built in Italy.
      The Volvo from China, Jaguar and Range Rover from India?

      • That’s a bit of understatement, they are still design and built in their respective country. And in fact without their investment money I doubt we can have these wonderful car from JLR and Volvo.

        • dragoneroscuro

          They do not do charity

          • So? They still employ people from each respective country and well no one force you to buy car from them. Beside these days cars are so multinational that mostly specialty cars that are made in particular country.

      • Six Thousand Times

        What’s your point? Audi has made today’s Lambos much easier to live with.

        • This ^ that guy has no idea what he is banging about. Lamborghini is as Italy is Bratwurst Spaghetti.

          • dragoneroscuro

            Yes, Dodge Demon is a Fiat and Jaguar is a Tata Motors

          • And your proud Lamborghini is Audi, Thank me later.

  • KareKakk

    It’s a 2+2; why on earth does an adult man feel the need to climb into the rear seat? It’s for kids, not grown-ups.
    And the other “fuel cap” is for letting air out of the cabin,

    • emjayay

      That’s what it looks like.

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