This year marks the 50th anniversary of Automobili Lamborghini’s Espada and Islero models. To mark this momentous occasion, Lamborghini Polo Storico, the division devoted to the House of the Raging Bull’s historic cars, has completed the restoration of the Islero and the Espada that belong to the Lamborghini Museum and announced a tour dedicated to these two historical models, scheduled to take place in Italy, September 7-10, 2018.
The Espada was the first series-production four-seater model in the history of Lamborghini. Of all the marque’s historic cars, it also boasts one of the highest numbers of units produced – 1226 during its 10-year production run. The Espada’s characteristic lines are the fruit of a design by Marcello Gandini for Carrozzeria Bertone. It sits very low to the ground (standing at little less than 1.20 metres high), but is nevertheless extremely spacious.
The Espada was produced in three model series: Series I (until January 1970), consisting of 176 units; Series II (until 1972), consisting of 578 units; and Series III, the last (until 1978), with 472 units.
It was equipped with a longitudinal, front-mounted 4-litre (3929cc) V12 engine, with dual overhead camshafts, ranging from 325hp to 350hp, depending on the series and technical specs, and powered by six twin-barrel Weber carburettors, for a maximum speed of approximately 245km/h. It was the first Lamborghini to be offered, on request, in a version with automatic transmission.
The Islero, whose official name was initially the Jslero, was produced from 1968 to 1970 in two versions – the Islero and, for 1969, the Islero S. The Islero was based on the 400 GT, but revised for larger tyres and a wider wheel gauge. To top it off, its body was designed by Mario Marazzi of Carrozzeria Marazzi.
It was equipped with a longitudinal, front-mounted 4-litre (3929cc) V12 engine with dual overhead 320hp (350hp on the S) camshafts per cylinder bank, and powered by six twin-barrel Weber carburettors, for a maximum speed of approximately 250km/h (260km/h for the S version).
It is a very rare model. Only 225 units were produced – 155 under the name Islero and 70 with the name Islero S.