1970 Lamborghini Espada Coupé Bertone,
Lot 506
1970 Lamborghini Coupé Espada Chassis no. X750X0344X Engine no. 40366
€15,000 - 25,000
US$ 19,000 - 31,000

Lot Details
1970 Lamborghini Espada Coupé  Chassis no. X750X0344X Engine no. 40366 1970 Lamborghini Espada Coupé  Chassis no. X750X0344X Engine no. 40366 1970 Lamborghini Espada Coupé  Chassis no. X750X0344X Engine no. 40366
1970 Lamborghini Coupé Espada
Chassis no. X750X0344X
Engine no. 40366
Cinq ans seulement après le lancement de sa première voiture et trois ans après celui de la sensationnelle Miura, Lamborghini prit encore Ferrari de vitesse en annonçant une vraie quatre places au Salon de Genève 1968.

Portant le nom d'une épée de matador, l'Espada était dessinée selon un style proche de celui de Marzal, une six-cylindres à moteur arrière mort-née, mais elle était dotée d'un moteur V12 à l'avant. Ce groupe qui produisait 325 ch propulsait cet élégant coupé signé Bertone à 242 km/h. Les organes mécaniques de l'Islero étaient réutilisés, mais associés à un châssis type plate-forme, semi monocoque, au lieu du treillis tubulaire de celle-ci.

Introduite en janvier1970, la Série II offrait 25 ch de plus, une vitesse maximale de 250 km/h et une planche de bord réorganisée. Pour l'Espada Série III, la dernière, Lamborghini révisa encore la planche de bord et l'intérieur et améliora les freins et la suspension. La direction assistée ZF devint standard et la boîte automatique une option. À la fin de la production, en 1978, 1 217 Espada avaient été construites, faisant de ce modèle marquant la Lamborghini la plus vendue à cette date.

Cet exemplaire à numéros concordants a été vendu neuf à Milan avant de devenir la propriété du Dr. David Waltos de Baltimore (Maryland, USA). En février 2004, la voiture fut vendue à son troisième propriétaire, Konstantinos Andrikopoulos de Boston (Massachusetts) qui la conserva jusqu'en 2009. L'actuel propriétaire (le quatrième) acheta l'Espada chez DigitMotorSport aux USA et l'importa en France.

1970 Lamborghini Espada Coupé
Chassis no. X750X0344X
Engine no. 40366

A mere five years after introducing its first car and three years after launching the sensational Miura, Lamborghini once again up-staged Ferrari by announcing a full four-seater at the 1968 Geneva Motor Show.

Named after a matador's sword, the Espada was styled similarly to the stillborn, rear-engined, six-cylinder Marzal but carried its 4.0-litre, four-cam V12 up front. The latter produced 325bhp, an output sufficient to propel the distinctive Bertone-styled coupé to 150mph (242km/h). Islero running gear was employed but wedded to a platform-type, semi-monocoque chassis rather than the former's tubular frame.

Introduced in January 1970, the Series II cars came with an extra 25bhp, a top speed of 250km/h and an improved dashboard layout. For the final, Series III, Espada, Lamborghini revised the dash and interior yet again and up-rated the brakes and suspension. ZF power-assisted steering became standard and automatic transmission an option. By the time production ceased in 1978, 1,217 Espadas had been produced, making this landmark model the most successful Lamborghini to date.

This matching-numbers example was sold new in Milan, Italy and was next owned by Dr David Waltos of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. In February 2004 the car passed to the third owner, Konstantinos Andrikopoulos of Boston Massachusetts, who kept it until 2009. The current (fourth) owner purchased the Espada that same year from DigitMotorSport in the USA and brought it to France.

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