3. 1968-’78 Espada
Launched two years after the Miura, the big Espada was much closer to Lamborghini’s ideal car than his mid-engined masterpiece. With an avant-garde design by Bertone, the Espada shared the Miura’s 3.9-liter V12, but it resided up front under its massive hood. The Espada had four-wheel disc brakes, a fully-independent suspension, could reach speeds over 150 miles per hour, and could comfortably seat four adults, delivering a completely unique driving experience. From a financial standpoint, it proved Ferruccio Lamborghini right too: The company sold nearly twice as many Espadas during its 10-year production run than Miuras.
4. 1970-’76 Jarama
I preferred the Jarama to all the others, because it is the perfect compromise between the Miura and the Espada. The Miura is a sports car for the young at heart who want to go like hell and love to be seen. Myself, I considered the Miura too extroverted after a while. In turn, the Espada was my Rolls-Royce: still quite fast, but also large and comfortable. The Jarama is the perfect car if you just want to have one car.
Ferruccio’s favorite remained in production even after he left the company, with 328 built. Oddly enough, a nearly identical car, the Chevy-powered Iso Lele was produced at roughly the same time (’69-’74); both cars were penned by Bertone designer Mercello Gandini and neither wanted to cede the design to the other.
5. 1973-’79 Urraco
Unlike the earlier cars on this list, the Urraco isn’t powered by a V12. With a mid-engined V8, it was meant to be a “budget Lamborghini,” competing with the likes of the Ferrari 308 Dino and Maserati Merak. The smaller 2+2 was a relative success for the company, with 791 cars built, but was largely overshadowed by its bigger brother, the Countach.
6. 1976-’79 Silhouette
With just 56 cars built, the Silhouette is one of the rarest production Lamborghinis ever built. Largely based on the Urraco, the mid-engined two-seater featured a targa top, and could top out at over 160 miles per hour. Despite being such a rare Lambo, you can’t exactly say the Silhouette is well loved; it’s estimated that around 30 survive today.
7. 1981-’88 Jalpa
Lamborghini tried its luck at an “affordable” V8-powered car a third and final time with the Jalpa. Largely based on the Silhouette, the car was powered by a 3.5-liter mid-mounted V8, and marketed as the more comfortable, easy to live with Lambo compared to the aging Countach. The company found 410 buyers during one of its leaner financial times, and production ended when the company was bought by Chrysler in 1988.
Affectionately known as the “Rambo Lambo,” the LM002 was born out of a call put out by the U.S. military to build a successor to the Jeep in the mid-’70s (which led to the development of the HMMWV, or Hummer). Lamborghini’s offering, the Cheetah, proved to be a disappointment, but the company revived the concept nearly a decade later by stuffing the Countach’s 5.2-liter V12 under the hood (though a 7.2-liter was also available), and offering it to the public. Many of the 328 LM002s found their way to the Middle East, but they’re starting to catch on in the collector market.