1972 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé  Chassis no. 8886 Engine no. 40936

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Lot 455
1972 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé
Chassis no. 8886 Engine no. 40936

Sold for £ 8,625 (US$ 10,936) inc. premium
1972 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone

Chassis no. 8886
Engine no. 40936

Footnotes

  • A mere five years after introducing its first car and three years after launching the sensational Miura, Lamborghini 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-litre, four-cam V12 up front. The latter – first seen in the 400GT and also used by the contemporary Islero - 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, 155mph (250km/h) top speed and an improved dashboard layout.
    Testing a prototype Espada in 1968, Autocar found Lamborghini’s new family-sized supercar to be ‘perfectly practical as a full four seater for long journeys’ while possessing the ‘seven-league-boots’ of the 400GT. Clearly highly impressed by the Espada, the esteemed British motoring magazine concluded, ‘when styling is added to the well-known Lamborghini engineering, the offering is almost irresistible’ - and who would disagree?
    This Espada Series II is a rare right-hand drive model supplied new in the UK. The car’s odometer displays a total of 40,700 miles, while accompanying expired MoTs dating back to 1980 (when the recorded mileage stood at 27,538) confirm 13,000-or-so miles covered since then. Accompanying invoices include one for an engine top-end overhaul, carried out in 1993 at a cost of circa £6,000, together with numerous bills for parts. Finished in green with beige leather interior, the car is offered with MoT/road fund licence to June 2007 and Swansea V5 registration document.
1972 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé  Chassis no. 8886 Engine no. 40936
1972 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé  Chassis no. 8886 Engine no. 40936
1972 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé  Chassis no. 8886 Engine no. 40936
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