1971 Lamborghini Espada Series II (LHD)
- The more powerful and desirable Series II model
- Coming from previous ownership of 26 years
‘Carrozzeria Bertone unveiled one of its motor show sensations at the 1967 Geneva event, the Marzal. This dramatic concept car was seen as an approach to a four-seat Lamborghini… and it turned out to be a forerunner of the Espada, a genuine four-seater and a distinctive 1960s supercar.’ – David Hodges, ‘Lamborghini – The Legend’.
It is the stuff of legend that Ferrari-owning industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini only turned to automobile manufacture as a result of receiving off-hand treatment at Maranello, vowing to build a better car. A successful manufacturer of tractors and related machinery, Lamborghini possessed the resources to realise his dream without having to compromise.
Named after a matador’s sword, the Espada was styled along lines similar to those of the stillborn, rear-engined, six-cylinder Marzal but carried its 4.0-litre, four-cam V12 up front. Introduced in January 1970, the Series II cars came with an extra 25bhp, 155mph top speed, an improved dashboard layout and the option of power assisted steering. Espada production ceased in 1978 after just 1,217 of these most imposing cars had been built.
Built to production number ‘473’, chassis number ‘8346’ was delivered to its first custodian in 1971. The last owner was a gentleman car collector who acquired this lovely Espada from its previous owner of 26 years. Upon his acquisition he entrusted the car to be restored some years ago by a garage in Winterthur, Switzerland to whom he gave several cars in his collection to be restored to a high standard. He chose to have the Espada finished in a beautiful Blue metallic which was the colour he had all his special cars painted in. Cream leather interior and the very desirable Miura style road wheels finish the exotic look of this beautiful Grand Tourer.
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