RE: Lamborghini Islero | Spotted

RE: Lamborghini Islero | Spotted

Sunday 9th February

Lamborghini Islero | Spotted

Another Roger Moore car - but this one's a Lambo that set a naming precedence still in use today



On Wednesday we brought you news of a beautiful Volvo P1800 for sale in the classifieds, a car famously piloted by Roger Moore in 60s smash hit The Saint. You can imagine our surprise, then, when having eagerly clicked on the ad for today's Spotted we discovered that, aside from being equally as worthy of recognition as the lovely old Volvo, it too boasted a connection to Sir Roger.

More on that later; first we ought to elaborate on the car itself... You'd be forgiven for never having heard of the Lamborghini Islero, based on the same platform as the 350 and 400 GT which it succeeded, it was only on sale for two years in 1968 and '69. For both of those years it was sold alongside the far more famous Espada, a similarly-purposed four-seater model, production of which went on for the best part of a decade once the Islero had been retired.

While the Espada was more striking, more exotic, and arguably sat alongside the earth-shattering Miura more comfortably, it was nowhere near as beautiful. Looks are subjective, of course, but I won't hear a word otherwise; the Islero's combination of upright stance, squared-off proportions and gentle curves make it one of the most timelessly elegant 2+2s ever produced.


Their smaller dimensions also made Isleros lighter than the Espadas with which they briefly shared showroom floors. With both cars using the same 325hp, 4.0-litre V12 and five-speed manual transmission, the 1,315kg Islero was left the superior performer, being both quicker to 62mph and capable of a higher top speed.

That gap was widened further still by the more powerful 'S' model, of which our Spotted is an example. Just 100 of these were built, compared to 125 standard cars, all of which came with an additional 25hp for an improved 0-62 time of 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 161mph - still impressive figures 50 years later.

Which brings us back to Sir Roger, unfailingly classy and impressive beyond his time, he's the human equivalent of the Islero in all but name. As the ad explains, our Spotted "was driven by Sir Roger Moore in the motion picture, 'The Man Who Haunted Himself'. It was Moore's last movie before taking over from Sean Connery as James Bond and is considered by many, Moore included, to be his best work."


It goes on to reveal that, "when reunited with 'his' Islero a few years ago, Sir Roger autographed the sun visor, the original driver's handbook and a special plaque, all of which come with the car. Also included in the sale is the original factory invoice, a photographic record of the restoration and a letter from Lamborghini's legendary test driver, Valentino Balboni, confirming that '6432' is the car used in the movie." Quite some claim to fame, then.

Hollywood heroics aside, though, the Islero remains an extremely rare and incredibly capable Italian classic. And, with a roaring V12, disc brakes, independent suspension and a wider track to accommodate grippier tyres, it's a thoroughly usable one to boot - and that's before the Β£100,000 restoration and more compliant modern shock absorbers are taken into account.

Just five right-hand drive examples were built, of which only two made it to UK shores, meaning that this could well be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Named after a bull which killed famous matador Manuel "Manolete" Rodriguez in 1947, if you want to get your hands on this Islero, you're going to have to move more decisively than he did.


SPECIFICATION - LAMBORGHINI ISLERO S
Engine:
3,929cc V12
Transmission: 5-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 325hp
Torque (lb ft): 278lb ft
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
Recorded mileage: 40,000
First registered: 1969
Price new: Β£8,440 (Β£140,000 after inflation)
Yours for: TBC

See the full ad here



Author
Discussion

sidesauce

Original Poster:

1,154 posts

168 months

Sunday 9th February
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Now that's a clean engine bay.

2172cc

564 posts

47 months

Sunday 9th February
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PMyBmWXNK-M

Wierd but strangely compelling.

Snubs

864 posts

89 months

Sunday 9th February
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A stunning looking thing, which the goppingly ugly Espada only helps to emphasise.

TR4man

3,515 posts

124 months

Sunday 9th February
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I’ve always lusted after Lamborghini’s underdogs.

The Islero and Jarama were always more interesting to me than their more famous siblings.

BigChiefmuffinAgain

237 posts

48 months

Sunday 9th February
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Back in the late 90s my dad was looking at buying one of these in France to use as a daily alongside his countach and diablo. He found one unloved at the back of a dealers. It was mechanically sound but not an S. Price was £8000. Those were the days..... He didn't buy it.

ducnick

975 posts

193 months

Sunday 9th February
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Still think the islero is the best looking Lamborghini of all, excepting possibly only the miura
Especially in black with burgundy hide.....

Chubbyross

404 posts

35 months

Sunday 9th February
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That really is an elegant thing indeed. And who wouldn’t want a car autographed by Roger Moore?

cayman-black

8,627 posts

166 months

Sunday 9th February
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Now that's just beautiful.

cayman-black

8,627 posts

166 months

Sunday 9th February
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2172cc said:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PMyBmWXNK-M

Wierd but strangely compelling.
Great now i remember.

Any ideas about what this is worth?

Schermerhorn

3,675 posts

139 months

Sunday 9th February
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The performance stats make it sound like it can compete with an E36 M3 or a modern Golf R but is that really the case?

T1berious

1,245 posts

105 months

Sunday 9th February
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Schermerhorn said:
The performance stats make it sound like it can compete with an E36 M3 or a modern Golf R but is that really the case?
I doubt it but would you care? I know which would be the classier car to turn up in!

Performance in the last few years has leapt forward at such a rate that even F355 would be shown a clean pair of heels by a RS3.

As an ownership prospect (if one had the means) you'd much rather have an F355 or the Islero.

waynecyclist

326 posts

64 months

Sunday 9th February
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Always liked these, very underated car.

Shame it is not original colour and interior anymore.

FPC

3 posts

1 month

Sunday 9th February
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TR4man said:
I’ve always lusted after Lamborghini’s underdogs.

The Islero and Jarama were always more interesting to me than their more famous siblings.
Yes same here. For me add Jalpa and Urraco to the list.

And this car is just a lovely thing.

Krikkit

17,439 posts

131 months

Sunday 9th February
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Snubs said:
A stunning looking thing, which the goppingly ugly Espada only helps to emphasise.
I'd much prefer the Espada, although this is lovely that has much more pizazz.

Sub5

6 posts

Sunday 9th February
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Very Nice. Beautiful engine bay….floats my OCD boat on cleanliness

The film was pretty good too…

https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/buying-ma...

Up for auction in 2010. Guide price of £95,000 - £135,000. Wonder how much it went for

FrenchCarFan

5,388 posts

155 months

Sunday 9th February
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Can't beat 6 carburettors.

P5BNij

4,907 posts

56 months

Sunday 9th February
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Sub5 said:
Very Nice. Beautiful engine bay….floats my OCD boat on cleanliness

The film was pretty good too…

https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/buying-ma...

Up for auction in 2010. Guide price of £95,000 - £135,000. Wonder how much it went for
I think it changed hands for around £75k at the time, it was also up for a grabs again two or three years ago at around £175k wink

Sub5

6 posts

Sunday 9th February
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P5BNij said:
I think it changed hands for around £75k at the time, it was also up for a grabs again two or three years ago at around £175k wink
Holy Moly…that’s proper appreciation, and a nice bit of speculation.

MadDog1962

779 posts

112 months

Sunday 9th February
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That engine bay is gorgeous.

lotuslover69

165 posts

93 months

Sunday 9th February
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The unloved Lambo, i remember when these were 20k back in early 2000s