1976 Lamborghini Silhouette

During the 1970s, Lamborghini figured out that there was a market for less expensive, slightly less powerful cars, such as the Ferrari 308, which rival manufacturer Ferrari was selling by the boatload. Thankfully, Lamborghini already had a project ready to go: they resurrected the Urraco from the early 70s, and gave it brand new look: the 1976 Lamborghini Silhouette was aggressive-looking and muscular, quite the opposite of the car on which it was based. It had big fat tires, a rear line and fenders clearly inspired by the testosterone-boosted Countach, as well as a tunnel-back with black air scoops and awesome five-hole alloy wheels.

1976 Lamborghini Silhouette
1976 Lamborghini Silhouette

On the mechanical side, the Silhouette was a joy to drive; it was fitted with a 255 horsepower, 3.5-liter, quadruple camshafts V8, which mated to a five-speed manual transmission, allowed for a 148 miles per hour top speed, and a 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds. It was also remarkably agile and fun to drive.

1976 Lamborghini Silhouette (gold)
1976 Lamborghini Silhouette (gold)

Unfortunately, that’s where the fun stops. Because of various factory problems, only a few were built – 192 over a 10 year production run – and on the interior side, it only got worse. The inside was poorly designed, not ergonomic at all, and generally slip-shod and cheap. The 1976 Lamborghini Silhouette was a great car to drive; the bad part is that you had to sit in it to do so.

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