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May 27, 2018

The Lamborghini Espada and Islero Are 50 Years Old!

by Mike –

If you attend many car shows this year you are likely to see more Lamborghini Espadas and Isleros than normal because both are being celebrated for their 50th anniversary.

Espada

Introduced in 1967, and produced from 1968 to 1978, the Lamborghini Espapa was styled by Marcello Gandini of Bertone and based on the Marzal show car and the Bertone Pirana, a rebodied Jaguar E-type, both Gandini’s designs.

Lamborghini Espada Brochure

From the Transport Bookman Publication – Lamborghini Guide 1963 to 1973

This was Lamborghini’s most successful car to this point with 1,217 produced. It has a great V12 engine designed by Giotto Bizzarrini (with help from Gian Paolo Dallara).

Lamborghini Espada

Lamborghini Espada

Lamborghini Espada

Lamborghini Espada

The Espada is a very stylish way to carry four people in Italian GT style.

Islero

The Lamborghini Islero is a 2+2 and was the replacement for the 400GT. It 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).

Lamborghini Islero Brochure

From the Transport Bookman Publication – Lamborghini Guide 1963 to 1973

It is essentially a rebody of the 400GT and is closely related to the Espada, using the same engine and manual 5-speed transmission. The Islero has a shorter chassis than the Espada and is thus lighter and will go a little faster than an Espada but the passengers in the rear seats may not be as comfortable.

Lamborghini Islero S

Lamborghini Islero S – photo by Mike Gulett

Lamborghini Islero

Lamborghini Islero – photo by Mike Gulett

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

 

 

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Lamborghini Brochure

The cover of the Transport Bookman Publication – Lamborghini Guide 1963 to 1973

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The Lamborghini Espada and Islero Are 50 Years Old!
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The Lamborghini Espada and Islero Are 50 Years Old!
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The Lamborghini Espada and Islero are both 50 years old this year so you may see them at many car events in 2018.
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  1. Ken Phillips says:

    We might gain more if you speak YOUR mind.
    I have been a customer of cars of this quality since these were created. But you are the only friend that has owned and used one. Have you ever taken a trip with 4 people?
    What was that like for you — and them and the car ? I ask because I have owned some nice , fast 4 seaters like my Aston Martin but have never had anyone sit in let alone travel in the rear seats. Not from any policy, might be a ding in my socialabality.

  2. Bruce Caron says:

    Is Concorso Italian doing anything special?

  3. Mike Clarke says:

    Ask Ron Spindler, I saw his Espada full of people many times . Ya OK they were his grandchildren…

  4. Lamborghini Espada was really very Superb car. Thank You Mike For refreshing the memories from Your article.

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