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May 17, 2022

Lamborghini Faena Coupé By Frua

by Mike Gulett-

The Lamborghini Faena one-off concept by Pietro Frua was the only four-door Lamborghini in 1978.

It looks a little like an Espada because it is based on a Series 2 Espada which Frua stretched 7 inches to a total length of 18 feet.

Lamborghini Faena

Lamborghini Faena

Lamborghini Espada

1971 Series 2 Lamborghini Espada

The front reminds me of the Aston Martin Lagonda.

Lamborghini Faena

Lamborghini Faena

The Lamborghini Faena was introduced in Turin in 1978 at the Salone internazionale dell’Automobile and was shown again in 1980 at the Geneva Auto Show.

While the Faena was described as a four-door coupé it has many characteristics of a shooting-brake (or station wagon or estate car). Like the Espada the hatch back cargo compartment is open to the rear seat passengers.

I prefer the open headlights of the Espada compared to the lift up headlights on the Faena.

Lamborghini Espada

1971 Series 2 Lamborghini Espada ready for the road

Naturally the name Faena is related to bullfighting; it is a series of passes performed by a matador using his sword and cape for show before the poor bull dies.

Lamborghini Faena

Lamborghini Faena

Lamborghini Espada

1972 Series 2 Lamborghini Espada

Specification of the Lamborghini Faena

Engine: 4.0 Liter (3.929 cc) V12
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Power: 350HP
Wheelbase: 283 cm (111 in)
Length: 549 cm (216 in)
Width: 186 cm (73.2 in)
Height: 118,5 cm (46.6 in)
Weight: 1,835 kg (4,045 lb)
Top speed: 243 KM/h (151 MPH)
0-100 KM/h: approx. 6.5 seconds
Production number: 1
Designer: Pietro Frua

What do you think – should Lamborghini have gone to production with the Faena?

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

 

 

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While the Lamborghini Faena was described as a four-door coupé it reminds me of a shooting-brake (or station wagon or estate car). Like the Espada the hatch back cargo compartment is open to the rear seat passengers.
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Comments

  1. Trevor Gaunt says

    The “similar” William Towns Lagonda was not a sales success, so perhaps Lamborghini were right not to go into production. The 1980 Ferrari Pinin four door saloon is also unique.

  2. A real shame that a limited number were not produced to test the market… I suspect they were too early to this party…Seems in todays world this would be quite welcomed by consumers

  3. Gordon Chisholm says

    She is a beautiful car too bad only 1 was made as I would buy in a heart beat.
    Dumb question is she still around and if so would she by chance
    be for sale and would she be in the number for a white collar guy
    could afford to buy ??

  4. Were the taillights sourced from Citroen? They look like those on a Citroen SM.

  5. Philip Sarris says

    Not sure this extension works so well. That rear section reminds me of the boxy garden window unit that was so popular in kitchens 20 + years ago. Compared to the Espada it looks like an add on, which is what it is. The design is a compromise for the addition of the rear doors and the rear view with that large rectangular glass? no thank you.

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