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I own a fairly original 69 Alfa Romeo spider, never had a rebuild, mostly original suspension components etc. She starts right up every time, gives me zero grief, miles of driving pleasure. This is my second spider, my other one was equally good. These comments of ‘italian cars breaking when they’re sitting or driving” is BS. The owners comment of ‘tractor building” because the Lambo has no power steering or brakes is asinine. In the late 60’s early 70’s , many cars were built this way..just saying.
BTW BEAUTIFUL car!!!
It sounds absolutley barking! Nice car.
Great video. I am so glad I have a Urraco too 🙂 The yellow right hand drive one http://www.urraco.info
Bertone didn’t design the DeTomaso Pantera. That was Tom Tjaarda while he was working for Ghia…doh!
Great Video. Thanks.
Four weeks ago I bought a perfect series-one P250 in original color and original interior with well-maintained 30.000km on the odometer in Italy. I promise: in a few years nobody laughs about the “Baby-Lambo”. It is not a supercar like Miura but it is a good ride with good sound and good performance. I like the Urraco because it does not have these wings and plastic like the later Jalpa. Especially the early cars with the chrome bumpers have a very nice shape. Get a good one before the prices rise…..
Might want to look next time he pulls on to the road
Lovely car, but the owner states that Bertone was responsible for the Pantera which I believe is not correct. Tom Tjaarda designed the Pantera while he was a Ghia.
“You can run the car and things would break, or you could leave it sitting and things would break” – classic. Another great video, and as usual owner. Eye opening even for those of us who thought our eyes were already open.
cool car, cool video, cool owner. thx petrolicious!
while viewing the video, i found myself thinking i must have been at the location where it was recorded because it began looking more and more familiar to me. any chance it was recorded while driving down lake street [approaching lake hodges north shore from del dios highway]? later in the same video thought i also recognized downtown san diego in the background. please confirm if possible. thanks very much.
That is San Diego in the background, not sure about where the back road sections were filmed however.
I just bought my 1972 Urraco P250 and I m in the process of restoring it with great love and attention as it’s one of the very few running Urraco left out there. I agree it s a legacy to keep memory for next generations and show them what a masterpiece some skilled people have done with such a great human effort
Manuel…I have #15142 since 1986….metallic purple…..please contact.
Its well known that labor strife was an issue in Italian industry. I visited some Italian automobile factories in the early 90s and while I didn’t discuss their political affiliations I can tell you the the employees were extremely proud of their work and what the Italian automobile meant to the industry as a whole. Many had been with the same company for 30 plus years. Mr Ondrusek’s Uraco is a stunning example of that industry. I appreciate long term owners that do their own work at a professional quality level. An Italian super car of that era is more… Read more »
With reference to “Guest TJ Martin” He is right owning an Italian supercar is like a mistress Periods of excitement, pleasure and enjoyment. You can ride her when ever you want to. Beautiful to look at with her very fine lines. Won’t answer back or complain. One drawback, they always require a large amount of money for general upkeep to make her looking good. Very demanding B) Require a very high level of maintenance C ) Will cost you a fortune in the process D) And in the end let you down big time E) With a whole new level… Read more »
Hook ’em Horns, Dr Ondrusek!
A neat car, very cool owner, and a great film. well done, well done. So glad to see this car surviving, makes life more interesting, IMO.
What you must keep in mind (and few people do) is that Italian cars are so much ahead in engineering terms that most people do not understand the demands to keep them at their best. Always has been thus. If you have a car that outperforms all-comers in its class and often above it, it will need keeping fit. It’s not a damn Toyota, no. It’s an olympic athlete, it needs regular exercise and proper care, otherwise it will not perform. If you understand all of the above, are able to do some of the work yourself (or able to… Read more »
A little wisdom best absorbed before even so much as considering purchasing any Italian exotic .. and especially a classic one ; All Italian exotics [ including Ferrari ] are built by Italian communists who hate your guts for the fact that you can afford to buy a car they can’t even dream of owning . With said Italian communist workers enacting a bit of vendetta upon each and every machine they build that you the buyer will pay for the rest of your ownership Add to that the fact that you can’t squeeze that much performance out of that… Read more »
Mads … more like a reality check as well as a public service announcement . Fact is .. if Mr Ondrusek had gone into this with realistic and informed expectations … he’d of known ; 1) That the timing belt/chains of all Italian motors are the weakest link on the car by far … with the greatest amount of potential destruction when they fail and that the very first thing anyone buying any used Italian needs to do is to check and more often than not change the belt/chain 2) That a good 40 – 60\% of the parts on… Read more »
On a purely pragmatic basis you’re right TJ but is it not also true that had Gene looked at it on that basis he might not have brought the car and instead of being enjoyed today the could have easily ended up rotting in a lock up garage under a layer of dust and rodent excrement instead. I for one am happy to see the car still on the road.
What you need, Mr. Martin, is a Toyota Corolla… Stock… Automatic.
tj, with all due respect you’re a cynic. one could argue the reasons not to have any car or vehicle at all.
so if you want, argue what you feel.
but where you really crossed the line was, firstly, with your discriminatory + misplaced stereotypical references of italian fabrication workers, and, secondly, with your sexist simile of [i]’an italian exotic is like having an italian mistress.'[/i]
there’s no need for that type of thinking, or lack of it.
Mr. Martin, You are a painfully boring person.
Great video and interesting car. Love the 70’s dash and deeeeeep dished steering wheel. I assume this is a 3.0 P111 spec Urraco being a U.S. Car?
Lovely video, exquisitely shot as ever. But I cannot help agreeing with the comments above: Gene, beautiful as your car is, it must be time to sell. These are so rare there is not even one for sale in the UK. Get a Porsche and enjoy the hills without worry.
Really great video from you guys. After seeing this video i still want one i can tell you that much. I know it seems like this car can be a pain in the rear but that’s what love is all about. There are plenty of cars i love but their quality isn’t the best but i still would give anything to have one. You keep enjoying your car Mr.Ondruek i’m one of the few that still salute you.
Why on Earth would anyone want to own one of these things, given this man’s story?
As always a great video. I cannot deny that much of the time I was smiling, even laughing while watching this video.
I was not laughing at Mr. Ondrusek but rather with him. This dear man is the true car lover. His car is not an investment but rather a labor of love. Should it be that we were all this way and loved our cars with this type of passion.
Good on you Gene!
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