Lamborghini Espada GTE Series III (1973)
A fantastic example in a gorgeous colour combination.
Is there any cooler car than the Lamborghini Espada ? This stunning looking car, based on the striking Bertone designed Lamborghini Marzal concept, was quite unlike anything else on the road when it was launched in 1968. This Italian grand tourer still looks as fascinating today, with a glorious engine and room for four. Perhaps even more surprising than its exotic looks is the way it feels from behind the steering wheel. The Espada features a fully independent suspension, and the combination of the wide track and low centre of gravity endows it with an uncomparable level of body control, certainly compared to other sixties GT's with a live-axle suspension set-up. It remains a car primarily set up for cruising though, albeit one which loves to rev. The Espada’s engine is a variation of the 3.9-litre V12 fitted to the Miura. Smaller carburettors reduce overall power output, but it’s still good for as much as 375 bhp at 7500 rpm, revving all the way to 8000. The long shift action of the gearbox doesn’t like to be rushed, and suits the relaxed nature well. It’s even practical, too. There is genuine space for four adults inside, and the boot is wide and square.
This fantastic example is a Series III version, of which only 456 examples were made between 1972 and 1978. The Espada sits on gorgeous Gotti wheels which suit the car very well in combination with the beautiful black paint. This car was delivered new in USA in 1973, and was purchased by the actual owner in 1991. It is converted to European specification, technically very well maintained, and with a nicely patinated and very period black and beige upholstery. The car is just completely serviced and ready for a new owner.
With only 1217 models built over a ten year period (combined Series I, II and III), the Espada is quite a rare car. There is no other classic car which looks the same, and the iconic engine makes this GT a proper exotic. While prices of other Lamborghini's are rocketing sky high these days, the Espada remains a reasonably affordable car.