My Car Quest

August 12, 2020

With Extra Time On My Hands I Reviewed My Lamborghini Espada Service Records

by Mike Gulett –

Because of the stay-at-home situation due to the coronavirus I have some extra time on my hands. I recently dug out all of the documents that came with my 1971 Lamborghini Espada (No. 8155) which I acquired in March 2016. I decided it was time to review and organize them, one of those tasks I have wanted to do but have never had the time until now.

The seller was the daughter of the long time owner E.P. (Chuck) Charlton II who passed away a year before I bought it.

Chuck Charlton loved this Espada and drove it from his home in Hillsborough to essentially every car show in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, plus Monterey Car Week. He was the second owner and bought it in 1973 from another SF Bay Area man who lived in Boulder Creek, which is in the Santa Cruz mountains.

On the purchase agreement when Chuck bought the car from the first owner on June 26, 1973 the mileage was listed at 25,224 miles. The mileage 43 years later when I acquired this Espada was 49,855 miles. A little more than half of the miles were put on by the first owner in two years; it must have been his daily driver. If the first owner drove the Espada down from the mountains to go to work in the valley everyday that would explain the mileage.

In sorting through the documents I noticed that Chuck kept what seems like nearly all paperwork associated with his Lamborghini. I started sorting the service documents into chronological order and separating them from the other papers like Concorso Italiano sign up documents and California DMV registration documents. I found a service receipt for a Jaguar, which I suspect was his daily driver at the time.

Lamborghini Documents

Various Brochures

I have service records for this Espada from 1973 because, as I said Chuck seems to have kept the paper work, which I love. In trying to sort the service records into chronological order I could not help reading what the service was for and noting the mileage recorded on each receipt. I wish that service managers wrote in more legible handwriting in the old days before computers forced them to type in the information, which appears to have happened in the mid ’90s or so for my records.

A large stack of service documents

Lamborghini Documents

Lamborghini Documents

In reading the service records and noting the date and mileage recorded I get a feel for the life of this Espada: how much it was driven, what regular service was done and what went wrong creating a need for special service, parts and repair.

Now that that is done I have to decide what to do tomorrow. I think I will take the Espada out for a drive.

Lamborghini Documents

Espada Owner’s Manual

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Recent and old photos of Espada No. 8155 are at this link.

E. P. (Chuck) Charlton’s badges for Lamborghini Espada No. 8155

E. P. (Chuck) Charlton's badges for Lamborghini Espada No. 8155

E. P. (Chuck) Charlton's badges for Lamborghini Espada No. 8155

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With Extra Time On My Hands I Reviewed My Lamborghini Espada Service Records
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With Extra Time On My Hands I Reviewed My Lamborghini Espada Service Records
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I started sorting my Espada service documents into chronological order and separating them from the other papers like Concorso Italiano sign up documents and California DMV registration documents.
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  1. Ken Phillips says

    This Espada has has had a fine life.
    Fortunate location in the world and few knowledgeable and caring owners.
    Even better care than Harry’s Espada’s earlier years although current serious, video detailed maintenance. An exchange of experience might be interesting.
    Nice going.

    • Ken,

      Two days ago I watched the Harry’s Garage 5 part videos on YouTube showing the work of rebuilding his Espada engine. That inspired me to go through my service records leading to this post and dream about having my engine rebuilt by an expert.

      Part 1 is here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG2Gwh-H7YE

      I may watch all 5 parts again plus I watched his driving thru the mountains videos, very cool.

  2. Rob Krantz says

    Mike, so great that you have so much of the history and service records for your Espada. I firmly believe that having such history, while allowing someone to know the specifics of what has happened to the car, also adds significant value to a car as well. I have taken a pass on many cars over the years due to poor history files. My AC Mk. IV came with every bit of paperwork for the car, including correspondence with the AC factory in England and even the ship manifest for its importation through the Port of Oakland (never saw the inside of a Ford dealership). Documentation such as yours adds so much to the unique story for the car.

    • Rob,

      You are correct – after I read the service history of my Espada I see things that I live with today!

      BTW, readers Rob Krantz introduced me to the AC Cobra Mk IV model and I eventually bought one myself. A wonderful roadster.

      Attached is a photo of Rob’s beauty taken on the day we met.

      • Rob Krantz says

        Thanks for the mention Mike and happy to have been the impetus for the purchase of your Mk. IV. Your Mk. IV is amazing!

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