Lot 506: Lamborghini Coup� Espada
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 coup� 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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Bonhams, Paris, France
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