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1971 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA SERIES II
Estimate: €140,000 - €160,000
In 1963 Ferruccio Lamborghini took the motoring world by storm by announcing a brand new high performance gran turismo, the 350GTV. In production form this outrageous machine was toned down and sold as the 350GT, this in turn becoming the 400GT. Two years later Lamborghini stunned the public still further with the introduction of the amazing Miura. While the public and competitors alike were still catching their breath the Marzal was unveiled, a flamboyant proposal for a luxury full four seater, incorporating many novel features, including a rear mounted straight six engine.
Lamborghini, born under the sign of the bull, hence the charging bull insignia, adopted bull fighting terms for the names of his cars and his new four seater was to be no exception. Espada, as the car was called, is the sword used by the matador to deliver the fatal wound.
Lamborghini once again stole the Geneva show in 1968 with the Espada, styled by Marcello Gandini, the genius who heads Bertone's design studio and whose other designs include the Marzal, Countach, Diablo, Lancia Stratos and Cizeta V16.
Despite its incredible styling the car was comparatively conventional, incorporating a pressed steel semi-monocoque built by Marchesi in Modena, into the front of which was placed the 4 litre quad camshaft V12 engine from the 400GT, mated to a 5 speed gearbox. 320bhp was sufficient to propel the car's four occupants to over 150mph., while they lounged in sumptuous leather upholstery, cooled by air conditioning. The Espada was the fastest full four seater in the world, and even thirty years later few cars come close to matching its towering abilities. Clearly the Espada was far more advanced than its opposition and the final production figure ran to over 1,200 units, proving it to be as popular as it was capable.
This stunning example is presented in white with the desirable red leather interior and was the subject of a restoration in the 1980s. The vendor prior to the present owner had owned the car for some 27 years and it was during his ownership in Florida that it was restored. The engine has recently been serviced and this fabulous iconic Italian sports car is frequently used.
These wonderful sports cars with 4 seat capacity are great for touring or for more exhilarating driving on country roads. Described to be in good overall condition, this surely is not an opportunity to be missed. Stunning!
Dieses atemberaubende Stück in Weiß mit roten Lederinterieur und wurde in den 1980er Jahren restauriert. Der Verkäufer war bis heute 27 Jahre lang im Besitz des Autos, und ließ die Restaurierung während dieser Zeit durchführen. Der Motor ist erst kürzlich aufgewartet worden, und dieser fabelhafte ikonische italienische Sportwagen ist oft im Gebrauch. Diese wunderbaren Sportwagen mit 4er-Sitzkapazität sind ideal für ausgedehnte Touren. Rundherum in einem guten Gesamtzustand, ist dies sicher eine Gelegenheit, die nicht verpasst werden sollte. Umwerfend!
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