RE: Lamborghini Espada: Spotted

RE: Lamborghini Espada: Spotted

Thursday 21st December 2017

Lamborghini Espada: Spotted

For when two seats just aren't enough



Have you heard the story of the lady in America who drove her Lamborghini Espada everyday, accumulating over 100,000 miles? Well, aren't you in for a treat: Lorrie Stern, a grandmother of five and an amateur acrobatic pilot owned her Espada for 37 years. A Christmas gift from her late husband, she didn't flinch at carpool duty; picking up kids from all across what what must have been a rather excited neighbourhood. The odometer stopped at 98,800 miles but Lorrie is certain the car went past the 100,000 mark before she had it restored and sprayed pink to "show off the body lines better".


Which leads us neatly onto the subject of today's Spotted: one of just 121 right-hand-drive Series III Espadas ever made. This example has received a complete, glass-out restoration, with the interior refitted by Tod's - the Italian shoemakers. The four-seat model itself was the third Lamborghini to use names related to bull fighting; Espada being the Spanish word for the slender sword used by matadors in the ring. Until Countach production was expanded, it was the manufacturer's biggest selling car.

Naturally, the fabulous Bertone-styled body was part of the appeal, and barely changed over three generations; save for the mildly restyled nose and tail lights of the Series III. Its output though, spilling from Giotto Bizzarrini's 3.9-litre quad cam V12 like a spoken word poem, rose with each iteration, finishing at 355hp.


In keeping with the Grand Tourer pedigree, Lamborghini fitted dual fuel tanks - providing it with a 95-litre capacity - but had you fill them seperately, and only provided a sender in the left-hand side, which presumably made gauge's accuracy a notch lower than pinpoint.

That's all part of the Espada's charm of course, and while there are cheaper versions available, it's reassuring to know that the potential cost of restoration has already been taken care of. And if an Espada is in the wrong stable for you, Ferrari made a 365 GTC 2+2 that was in the shadow of its prettier sibling, the Daytona.


SPECIFICATION - LAMBORGHINI ESPADA

Engine: 3,939cc, V12
Transmission: 5-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 355@7,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 291@5,500rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1973
Recorded mileage: 2,000 miles
Price new: 8,750,000 Lira
Price now: £245,000

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Sources: NY Times

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Vee12V

Original Poster:

728 posts

94 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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I'd buy it in a heart beat. Close to being my favourite Lambo ever.

cookie1600

964 posts

95 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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I know people are going to flame me for being an odd car-perv, but I'll take that to put beside my Rolls Royce Camargue and Aston Martin Lagonda (wedge) in the lottery garage please!

m444ttb

2,928 posts

163 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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I have to say I'm a massive fan of the Espada. Shame Lamborghini don't make a modern equivalent to take on the Ferrari FF/GT4 Lusso and are going down the SUV route instead.

Gameface

4,947 posts

11 months

Krikkit

13,145 posts

115 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Absolutely love the Espada, the one Harry Metcalfe had was rather lovely too. I remember when they were <£50k!
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MikeT66

959 posts

58 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Oooh, fabulous 70's sleaze.
https://vimeo.com/229474023

I'd still prefer a late 1970's Aston Martin V8 Vantage or Jensen Interceptor for that mythical pan-European tour with the mistress, though.

Leins

6,503 posts

82 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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A lot better looking than an espada fish

cookie1600

964 posts

95 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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I used to know someone who was in the same motor club as me who borrowed an Espada to do the 1984 (I think) Brighton Speed Trails. A rather ungainly car to compete in, but it went quite well.

lufbramatt

3,049 posts

68 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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m444ttb said:
I have to say I'm a massive fan of the Espada. Shame Lamborghini don't make a modern equivalent to take on the Ferrari FF/GT4 Lusso and are going down the SUV route instead.
they almost did:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamborghini_Estoque


P5BNij

2,283 posts

40 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Big fan of the Espada, from some angles a little ungainly in photographs but in the metal they're utterly beguiling, bonkers cars. Saw Harry's Series 2 at the NEC last month and couldn't stop looking at it. Lamborghini's biggest selling car for a while.

Cheshire Classic Cars have a nice RHD Series 3 for sale...

http://www.cheshireclassiccars.co.uk/classic-cars-...

'70s Italian cinematic cheese with fantastic Espada content...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k70R4HhzIe0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgGQWAysGiM

And a spot of French swishness from '74...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ytIEBLQW7E



Edited by P5BNij on Thursday 21st December 15:21


Edited by P5BNij on Thursday 21st December 15:23

givablondabone

2,616 posts

89 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Love these lick

Dr G

13,288 posts

176 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Krikkit said:
Absolutely love the Espada, the one Harry Metcalfe had was rather lovely too. I remember when they were <£50k!
Although that example looks to have (easily) £200k of time, effort, and love in it.

Jarama for me, though. Spectacularly weird and all the better for it.

cookie1600

964 posts

95 months

Hairymonster

324 posts

39 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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cookie1600 said:
I know people are going to flame me for being an odd car-perv, but I'll take that to put beside my Rolls Royce Camargue and Aston Martin Lagonda (wedge) in the lottery garage please!
Not at all - I'd happily have all 3 in my fantasy garage to play with!

Hairymonster

324 posts

39 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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cookie1600 said:
Looks like they've been to that finest of all purveyor of customised cars to the discerning petrol head - Mansory!

Hairymonster

324 posts

39 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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P5BNij said:
Cheshire Classic Cars have a nice RHD Series 3 for sale...

http://www.cheshireclassiccars.co.uk/classic-cars-...
Now there's a website I didn't need to see - that's another 30 minute internet wormhole down which to disappear!!

P5BNij

2,283 posts

40 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Hairymonster said:
P5BNij said:
Cheshire Classic Cars have a nice RHD Series 3 for sale...

http://www.cheshireclassiccars.co.uk/classic-cars-...
Now there's a website I didn't need to see - that's another 30 minute internet wormhole down which to disappear!!
It's not advertised on their site but they also have the 'Italian Job' Miura (chassis number 3586) on their books... wink

andymac

95 posts

217 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Nice remember when prices were so low you couldn't give them away!

marksmith59

44 posts

133 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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How about a retro GIANT test on grand tourers say Espada V Bristol V Bitter

LuS1fer

34,318 posts

179 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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One of my favourite cars of all time.

I bought a Corvette C4 back in the 90s and was blown away by having a real V8 sports car. When it came to picking it up, it was parked next to a white Espada and the Corvette suddenly seemed very ordinary.

Best in this blue though.