by Mike –
This year is the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini and all of the car shows were celebrating Lamborghini at Monterey Car Week in August. I saw more Espadas in a few days than ever before.
Marcello Gandini of Bertone designed the Espada. Introduced in 1967 it was based on the Marzal show car and the Bertone Pirana, a rebodied Jaguar E-type, both Gandini’s designs.
This was Lamborghini’s most successful car up to this time with 1,217 being made from 1968 to 1978. It has that great V12 engine designed by Giotto Bizzarrini and will carry four people in style, quickly.
It uses the same engine as the Miura and except for the beautiful styling of the Miura, the mid-engine placement of the Miura and the four seats in the Espada they are basically the same car – but the Espada cost is about 10%, or less, of the cost of a Miura.
This brown Espada shown here was at Concorso Italiano in a special display area and is probably the best condition Espada I have ever seen. It had just completed a full restoration and had been driven on a long drive and still looked like new.