by Mike –
Since when does “elegant and understated” belong in the same sentence with Lamborghini? It does if you are talking about the Islero.
The Lamborghini Islero was the replacement for the 400GT and was manufactured between 1968 and 1969 with a total of 225 examples being made (100 of those were the ‘S’ version with 350 hp compared to the base model with 325 hp). It is essentially a rebody of the 400GT and is closely related to the Espada which is near and dear to my heart.
The light blue Islero shown here was auctioned by Gooding in Monterey in August 2013.
The Islero description from the Gooding catalog,
By 1968, Lamborghini faced a number of challenges. While the dramatic Miura and groundbreaking four-seat Espada had captured the attention of the world, the company needed a successor for the 400 GT 2+2.
Carrozzeria Touring, who built them, had gone into receivership. Lamborghini turned to Carlo Marazzi, a former Touring manager who had taken over the company’s assets.
Together, they redesigned the 400 GT with updated styling which had the added benefit of being less expensive to build. The result was the Islero.
With the four-liter, 320 hp V-12 and its elegant, simple, clean styling, it was exactly the kind of “businessman’s express” closest to Ferruccio Lamborghini’s heart.
This Islero was the personal car of Ferruccio Lamborghini.
It sold at the Gooding auction for $247,500 USD. This is probably the highest price ever paid for an Islero up to that point. The Ferruccio Lamborghini connection made a big difference.
The light green Islero shown here was on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Tour on the Avenue in August 2013.
I must admit that the styling of the Islero has grown on me.
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