- Lamborghini Portofino
The Lamborghini Portofino was a
concept cardeveloped for Lamborghiniby Kevin Verduyn, one of Chrysler's chief designers. Introduced at the 1987 Frankfurt Auto Show, it was a fully functional, four-door, four-seat sport sedan.
In 1986, Kevin Verduyn designed a concept car model for Chrysler called the Navajo. The concept never went beyond the
clay modelstage, but when Chrysler acquired Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.in 1987, the design was resurrected and with some fairly minor tweaks, turned into the Portofino.
The Portofino was built by Coggiola of
Turin, Italyon a lengthened Jalpa chassis,giving the car a mid-engine rear-wheel drivelayout. It also made use of the Jalpa's 3.5 L V8 engineand 5 speedtransmission,. The most interesting feature of the Portofino though was the scissor doors, like the Countach, only the back were rear-hinged-doors, (suicide-style). The logoon the hood featured the Lamborghini bull inside the Chrysler pentastar.
Only the single
prototypePortofino, chassis #LC0001, was ever produced. In 1991, it was heavily damaged in an accidentin transit. However, Chrysler had it restored by Metalcrafters in Costa Mesa, CAfor $300,000, and it is now on display at DaimlerChryslerheadquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. [http://www.lambocars.com/archive/others/porto.htm]
The Portofino was notable for being an early example of
cab forwardstyling, and many aspects of its design made it into the Chrysler LH platformwhich initially included the Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepidand Eagle Vision.
* [http://www.lamborghiniregistry.com/Portofino/index.html Lamborghini Registry: Portofino]
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