|The Lamborghini Jarama 'Bob' Wallace Special.|
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In 1972, Bob Wallace modified a Jarama S into a pure hot rod, he used the chassis number 10350 with engine number 40537 originally mounted.
He started from the bare shell and welded up the bodyshell to add stiffness and moved the engine a few inches to the rear to improve the front/rear weight distribution to a near 50/50 balance.
Because the engine was moved towards the rear of the car, a new dashboard and central transmission tunnel were needed.
He also changed several bodypanels for aluminium-built panels, the doors were changed into aluminium, and he used plastic for the front - and rear side windows. The front windows had a small sliding part incorporated. The rear seat was removed and a fuel tank and the battery were put into its place, the fast filler for this tank was put through the rear window.
He replaced the hood and moved the headlights down, the hood now had special radiator air extractors incorporated into it, and to complete the changes to the front, Bob installed a chin-spoiler and the covers for the headlamps were removed, they now housed behind transparant plastic covers. The wheels became Miura-style Centre-Lock Campagnolo's with wider rear rims, as seen on the Miura SV. The front were 8 inch wide, while the rear ones became 10 inches wide mounted with 215/70 and 225/70 VR tires.
Four ventilated disc brakes were used and an adjustable Koni based race suspension was installed, the bottom of the car was flattened with aluminium panels, to allow a clean airflow underneath it.
The interior was stripped of all luxury items and a steel roll-over cage was installed to protect the driver and only one passenger in case of an accident, low back Miura seats were put in place together with three-point seat harnesses.
The engine was tuned to deliver about 380 Bhp at 8000 rpm, Weber 42 DCOE carburettors were mounted and the air filters were removed, the flywheel, pistons and conrods were replaced with lightweigth units and balanced. Also a larger oil cooler was installed although the gearbox and differential remained original.
As always, these special cars were the first to be sold when things got worse, and this very special Jarama ended up in the Saudi Arabian desert where it was rediscovered back in 1999. It was shipped to the UK importer Portman who was able to restore the car to it's original state.
Precise performance figures are not available, but thanks to the aluminium bodywork and the removal of all unnessecary luxury in the interior, this Jarama was a lot lighter than a stock unit and this resulted in a very fast car, independant testing in the Nineties revealed a top speed of 270 Km/h. (165 Mph.)
In 1997 this extremely rare Jarama was sold for US $ 47,795.
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