Journal: Pick a V8 Seventies Supercar for Secondhand M3 Money

Pick a V8 Seventies Supercar for Secondhand M3 Money

By Petrolicious Productions
May 13, 2013

Mid-engined Italian exotica is the ultimate ownership dream for many of us, but sadly, for the vast majority it will remain a dream. Provided, however, you’re willing to sacrifice 12 cylinders for eight, and aren’t embarrassed by the idea of being out-dragged by decade-old V6 family cars, it doesn’t have to. In that vein we explore a couple of bent-eight beauties from the undisputed kings of sports car drama, Ferrari and bitter cross-town rival, Lamborghini.

Lamborghini’s first non-V12-powered car, the Urraco debuted in 1973 as a planned competitor for Porsche’s 911 and Ferrari’s then-current Dino 246. Amazing, the Urraco’s tiny, svelte bodywork hides 2 rear seats, suitable for children or legless, short-torsoed adults—something to consider if you have a family to tote around to car shows or weekend breakfast jaunts. With circa 35k miles, this 1975 car is said to be in very nice condition but in need of a thorough detail and tune. The white on blue color scheme is lovely and compliments the Gandini-penned lines very nicely.

A far more rational, if less adventurous choice would be a Ferrari 308. This ’78 model has a similar amount of miles to the baby Lambo, and is priced about ten grand higher at just under $50,000. Renowned as fine handlers and among the most reliable, easy-to-service of all F-cars, a 308 undoubtedly represents a more practical alternative to the Urraco, regardless of its strictly two-seater configuration. This one looks great in the classic red on tan combination, and sports a targa top as an added benefit for weekend summer fun drives.

Either car will demand much of your wallet in terms of maintenance and repair, either will be deeply rewarding to own and drive, neither will ever be seen coming the other way down your street—which is for you depends on your personal style.

Which seventies supercar would you choose?

1975 Lamborghini Urraco

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1978 Ferrari 308 GTS

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Chris Byrne
Chris Byrne
3 years ago

Why not a 1972 Detomaso Pantera. That car won’t “be out dragged by a decade old family sedan.”

Robert Garven
Robert Garven(@robertgarven)
4 years ago

I chose the better alternative to both!!

Lamond Jack
Lamond Jack(@xclusivegarage)
8 years ago

To be honet I would have to drive each one (for like a weekend each LOL) in order to choose. LOL

Leucea Alexandru
Leucea Alexandru(@leuceaalexandru)
8 years ago

Given the second hand M3 option i would consider it, like any other, if i had this amount of money to spend on a car. It’s the right thing to do. Come to think of it, i have seen second hand Gallardos priced in this range. But between the two, if money were just paper, i would take the Ferrari because it’s an Unicorn, a petrolhead’s Nirvana..

Dan Woodward
Dan Woodward(@woody)
8 years ago

As someone who would normally avoid the default choice, in pursuit of something more interesting, I still couldn’t look past the Ferrari.

That shape. It does funny things to me.

BJ Barker
BJ Barker(@bjbarker)
8 years ago

The 308 is my dream, I’d take it in a heart-beat.

8 years ago

I’d choose the Urraco for its rarity, Lambo badge and no magnum esque looks.

Logan Tanner
Logan Tanner(@fb_620056080)
8 years ago

Urraco hands down. Why go with something everyone recognizes as an old, baby Ferrari when you can go with something that most folks are clueless about; the Lambo. That’s far more “exotic” and prestigeous in my mind.

Arthur Erlend Harvey
Arthur Erlend Harvey(@67satisfaction)
8 years ago

I’d pick the Urraco – after reading a contemporary review praising Bob Wallace’s chassis-tuning input to silky output of the Lambo V8. My apologies to the good-looking 308.

Brett Evans
Brett Evans(@evans-bt)
8 years ago

Urraco, no doubt. The only thing that would have me tempted by the Ferrari is the availability of a targa roof.

Edgardo Colon
Edgardo Colon(@edgardocolon7)
8 years ago

I would chose the Ferrari

Jeff Knoespel
Jeff Knoespel(@fb_1386661081)
8 years ago

The Ferrari hands down. Even though it didn’t really have great performance, the 308 is still an icon.

8 years ago

The Ferrari, because Ferrari.

Ryan Lopez
Ryan Lopez(@fb_100004968843639)
8 years ago

but wheres the pantera (as i crab the air looking for something to grab)

Will Radcliffe
Will Radcliffe(@31roadster)
8 years ago
Reply to  Ryan Lopez

I would definitely opt for the Cat, in my opinion a far rarer sight than the Lambo or Ferrari or a Intermeccanica, which also used the Ford powerplants.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
8 years ago

Petrolicious often makes me jealous of the classic car opportunities in the States that we lack in rain sodden UK with it’s traffic clogged roads. These two remind me that you don’t have it all your own wat as we don’t have to put up with hideous federal bumpers and detuned engines in that period.
As to the two cars the Urraco has rarity on it’s side but I wouldn’t be interested in one that’s any less than perfect. The 308’s spec is wrong for me (a euro spec carb 308GTB with the dry sump engine would be my choice) but even compromised like this the 308 is still one of the best cars Ferrari has made and would be my pick.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
8 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Lange

*way need an edit function