Viva Italia: Lamborghini Espada S3

Viva Italia: Lamborghini Espada S3

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dinkel

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25,072 posts

206 months

Wednesday 12th July 2006
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I knew you were a man of taste ettore

BossCerbera

8,188 posts

191 months

Wednesday 12th July 2006
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ettore said:
I notice that a couple of these are for sale in the glossies this month at what seem to be reasonable prices. How much should you be prepared to put aside to run one for, say 3-5K miles pa?

It`s time for a little italian flakiness in my life.

My top tip is buy the best you can possibly find at almost whatever it costs. This should enable you to avoid flakiness in the first place and then you can look at minimal running costs. The Lamborghini service interval is 3,000 miles. You will need to top up the oil between these points and may or may not fancy tuning the carbs more frequently. An annual checkup and fluid change may be all you need to budget for

I don't know where you're based but the car storage place I use is run by a brilliant engineer which means my running costs are actually very modest - largely because the car's right and 'Jim The Bentley' is very clever (and well connected for parts supply). I have absolutely no fear of using the car or the unlikely event of it failing because 'Jim'll Fix It'.

Insurance is classic so not silly, my fuel consumption is typically around 16mpg (and I drive it), but I regularly hit nearly 19mpg on a run. It's the town work that drops it to about 13mpg. I write on Auto-Journals about it.

The white one currently for sale used to belong to PH'er 360boy in the 80s, the grey one has been in the LCUK for eons.

dinkel

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25,072 posts

206 months

Wednesday 12th July 2006
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Tom fiddled the carbs every half hour . . . but then, he's a perfectionist. His Spada runs awesome . . . an effing turbine. Idle after the run and after the shoot made every hair in my neck stand up.

Buy the best Spada and take someone who knows with you. There's junk around see . . . S3 are the best drivers they say.

Good luck and tell us about it

ozzie dave

473 posts

196 months

Thursday 13th July 2006
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WANTED S3 ESPADA ...yes I'm serious , for export , in good condion -- posted here as they have all gone when the glossies arrive here!

contact me via PH

Thanks

Dave

klassiekerrally

2,543 posts

203 months

Thursday 13th July 2006
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dinkel said:
Tom fiddled the carbs every half hour . . .
... but only because the engine didn't run as good as it could.
Once perfectly tuned, one should stop fiddlin' around.
Ignition is even more important and difficult to get right, especially with those double distributors.
But it is worth the effort. The engine absolutely runs like a dream.

BossCerbera

8,188 posts

191 months

Thursday 13th July 2006
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Mine does too. When it's warm I can just flick the key and the engine smoothly takes over from the starter motor almost instantly to just gently purr.

dinkel

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206 months

Thursday 13th July 2006
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Has your Spada electronic ignition? Tom's hasn't. So she could only run even better

BossCerbera

8,188 posts

191 months

Thursday 13th July 2006
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No, it's on standard dual dissies.

dinkel

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Thursday 13th July 2006
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For sale:

"Also for the same garage 1972 Espada, one owner, silver-green with tan leather. 19,000 actual miles. Original, pristine example."

"1974 Espada S3, white with navy blue. This is Euro Spec car rumored to be the car used to introduce the series III to Europe. Some interesting features include; no emissions equipment, stainless steel bumpers, and a unique set of wheels- one of three sets made by Campagnolo. This car is a very nice original car and shows well, very fast & COMFORTABLE, 36k+. Nice example of a true original high speedÊgrand touring car. $27,500 US."

Check 'cars for sale' at lamborghiniregsitry.com

ettore

2,612 posts

200 months

Friday 14th July 2006
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Could anyone (Bosscerbera?) recommend a decent inspector that knows these cars? and is there anything like a buying guide (unlikely I know)?

Finally who are the best specialists for the older Lambo`?

My search for a decent 2.4S 911 is failing and they are IMHO getting a little too expensive when you look at the complicated italian metal you can get for the money!

BossCerbera

8,188 posts

191 months

Friday 14th July 2006
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Ettore - YHM

castex

4,506 posts

221 months

Friday 14th July 2006
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Great post Dinkel. LOVE the car, and your writing is compelling.

dinkel

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206 months

Monday 31st July 2006
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castex said:
Great post Dinkel. LOVE the car, and your writing is compelling.


Thanx, now tell me about that 365Gt4/BB . . .

360boy

1,828 posts

170 months

Tuesday 1st August 2006
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I sold my Espada Series III back in 1987. It was a really great car, and my first exotic.
Here is a pic of it, when I owned it.


Edited by 360boy on Tuesday 1st August 18:12


Edited by 360boy on Wednesday 2nd August 15:53

dinkel

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Tuesday 1st August 2006
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360boy said:


dinkel

Original Poster:

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Thursday 31st August 2006
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dinkel said:
castex said:
Great post Dinkel. LOVE the car, and your writing is compelling.


Thanx, now tell me about that 365Gt4/BB . . .


Now please do . . . I love 'em.

dinkel

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Wednesday 12th December 2007
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Jay Leno sums it up for me here.

Love that guy, the Espada was his daily driver in the 80s: now there you go!

Dr G

13,822 posts

190 months

Wednesday 12th December 2007
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You bugger I just got shouted at for reading PH instead of doing work laugh

bosscerbera

8,188 posts

191 months

Wednesday 12th December 2007
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cloud9 Added that straight into the favourites.

Cheers DInk!

dinkel

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206 months

Wednesday 12th December 2007
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This topic should've been there already Phil silly

Oh, the vid . . . wink it's an S1 right? All that wood . . .

That Jay character is a topbloke.

Idea: PH vidcam crew doing reports like these on PHers. Just look at the stunning stuff in our PH garage! There are nuff blokes with a story as well . . .

shout HayMarket, do it!



Edited by dinkel on Wednesday 12th December 12:47