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Lot 63

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1973 Lamborghini 400 GT Espada Series III

Coachwork by Bertone

SOLD $99,000

Estimate

$140,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

9060

Engine

41077

Car Highlights

Rare as One of Only 472 Series III Espadas Built
Groundbreaking Bertone Design by Marcello Gandini
Early Series III Car with Desirable Thin Chrome Bumpers
Series III Features Including A/C and Power Steering
A Stunning Example of 1970s Italian Design

Technical Specs

3,929 CC DOHC V-12 Engine
Six Weber 40 DCOE Twin-Choke Carburetors
350 BHP at 7,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Girling Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil-Overs
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Styled by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini with DNA rooted in his radical Marzal and Jaguar-based Pirana show cars of 1966, the Espada fulfilled Ferruccio Lamborghini’s quest for the ultimate GT car. Launched at the 1968 Geneva show, the Espada was a true four-seater, powered by a high-revving four-liter, four-cam V-12 and capable of 150 mph. Three distinct series of the potent and luxurious Espada were built from 1968 through 1978, totaling just 1,217 – including 472 of the Series III models, considered the best of this rare breed.

Numbered 9060, this early Series III Espada is a US-delivery example manufactured in May 1973, featuring the preferred small chrome bumpers, and remaining highly original and well preserved. The prior owner, a Virginia resident, was an active member of the Lamborghini Owners’ Club and maintained the Espada at highly regarded specialists’ shops. The Espada features a beautifully detailed undercarriage, engine compartment, and interior retaining original gauges, switches, and the original Phillips cassette player. The odometer reads approximately 67,000 miles, which are believed original. Other desirable items include the factory owner’s manual, jack, spare tire/wheel, and tool kit.

A very fine example, this rare Series III Espada is also historic as one of the final Lamborghini models blessed with the direct influence of Ferruccio Lamborghini, the company’s inspired founder.