Auctions and Brokerage
Coachwork by Bertone
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.