1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé  Chassis no. 8400

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Lot 128
1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé
Chassis no. 8400

Sold for € 39,100 (US$ 44,057) inc. premium
1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone

Chassis no. 8400
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?

A well-presented example, chassis number ‘8400’ is finished in silver-grey with re-trimmed interior featuring new headlining, door trim panels, carpets and Burgundy leather upholstery. The car is reported to benefit from considerable recent engine work and has been fitted with a new chrome exhaust. Sold new in Switzerland, it comes complete with tool kit, Contrôle Technique and French Carte Grise.

Cet exemplaire (châssis n° 8400) en très bon état de présentation et peint en gris-argent métallisé a bénéficié d'une restauration complète de son intérieur : drap de pavillon, contre-portes, moquettes noires et sellerie en cuir bourgogne sont neufs. La voiture est réputée avoir aussi bénéficié d'une importante réfection du moteur assortie d'un échappement inox neuf. Vendue neuve en Suisse, elle est proposée complète avec son lot d'outils, son contrôle technique et sa carte grise française.
1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé  Chassis no. 8400
1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé  Chassis no. 8400
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