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Lot 117: 1969 Lamborghini Islero S Coupé
Coachwork by Touring

Les Grandes Marques a Monaco, Bonhams (21 May 2007)

‘This may well become the nicest to drive and the most consistent in behaviour of all Lambos.’ - Car magazine on the Islero.
Launched at the Geneva Salon in 1968, the Islero was a development of the 400GT 2+2, which was itself derived from Ferruccio Lamborghini’s first production car, the Touring-styled 350GT of 1964. Launched at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show, the 350GT was the work of two of Italy’s most illustrious automobile designers, featuring a glorious 3.5-litre, four-cam V12 designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, which was housed in a tubular chassis penned by Gianpaolo Dallara. The 350GT’s four camshafts and all-independent suspension meant that it up-staged the best that Ferrari offered at the time. After a slow start production soon picked up, 131 350GTs being completed before the arrival of the 400GT, and 247 of the latter before it was superseded by the Islero.
The Islero’s square-tube chassis was based on that of its predecessors, though with wider track to accommodate fatter rubber, while its elegantly understated coachwork was styled by ex-Touring personnel led by Mario Marazzi. Housed beneath an impressively low-slung bonnet, Lamborghini’s 4.0-litre V12 engine was carried over from the 400GT and produced 320bhp initially, 350bhp in later Islero S form. The latter appeared in 1969 and could be distinguished by its flared wheelarches, vented front wings and revised interior trim. Car magazine’s test Islero achieved a true 157mph back in 1969, proving to be as quiet and stable at its maximum as at 130. It was also startlingly quick off the mark, hitting 60mph in 5.9 seconds and hurtling to 100mph in 13.7, outstanding figures even today. Around the Neapolitan back-roads the Islero demonstrated an agility and sureness of foot which belied its role as Grand Routier. Despite an impeccable pedigree, the Islero, 225 of which were manufactured between 1968 and 1969, is today the most overlooked of Lamborghini’s early front-engined cars.

Supplied new in Switzerland and previously resident in the UK, this left-hand drive example was restored, using original parts, by noted expert Kees van Stokkum (Italauto) in the Netherlands during the early 1990s and acquired for the Collection in 1992. Italauto has continued to maintain the car ever since, as evidenced by the accompanying substantial quantity of invoices. The earliest invoice on file (dated 26th February 1993) records that the car had covered 52,624 kilometres at that time, while one of the most recent (dated 5th February 2004) records the then total as 56,461. Finished in bottle green with green leather-piped black velour upholstery, this rare Italian thoroughbred comes with history file containing old Swiss Carte Grise, restoration photographs, sundry invoices, copy owner’s handbook and current Netherlands registration papers/roadworthiness certificate.

Vendue neuve en Suisse et résidant précédemment au Royaume-Uni, cette voiture à conduite à gauche a été restaurée avec des pièces d'origine par le réputé spécialiste Kees van Stokkum (Italauto) aux Pays-Bas au début des années 1990 et acquise par la Collection en 1992. Italauto a continué à en assurer l'entretien comme le prouvent les nombreuses factures qui l'accompagnent. La plus ancienne facture du dossier (en date du 26 février 1993) indique que la voiture avait parcouru 52 624 km et la plus récente (du 5 février 2004) mentionne un kilométrage de 56 461 km. Peint en vert bouteille et garni d'une sellerie en velours noir passepoilée en cuir vert, ce rare pur sang italien est accompagné d'un dossier historique contenant l'ancienne carte grise suisse, des photos de la restauration, diverses factures, la copie du manuel de l'utilisateur et les papiers néerlandais actuels, titre d'immatriculation et certificat de contrôle technique. Une belle occasion d’acquérir un légendaire V12 lamborghini dont la cote ne cesse de monter.

Lot Details
Auction Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number117
Estimate€45000-€55000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€75000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€86250
Year1969
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