1969 Lamborghini Espada Series I
The Espada, named after the Spanish word for ‘sword’ was styled by Marcello Gandini, of Bertone and architect of both the Miura and the Countach. After designing the Miura he created further extravagant concept cars, and in 1967 unveiled the famous Lamborghini Marzal.
The Marzal had gullwing doors made entirely of glass, to go with crazy futuristic interior. The Espada drew on this car for inspiration; the most important feature that was carried over was the spacious four-seat layout, a first for Lamborghini. The dash in the concept had an eye-catching honeycomb pattern to it with a series of hexagonal shaped pods for gauges, a feature continued in the early series I examples and one feature that makes the early cars the most desirable of all models.
We are delighted to offer this early Series I example, finished in Nero black with full black interior and complete with the rare concept dash.
Delivered new to Milan in 1969, this fully matching numbers example is within the 40 earliest examples known to exist. The car was later exported from Europe to the USA where it was registered in dry state California. Having spent the majority of its time in warmer climates, the car avoided common rust associated problems that so many other vehicles succumb to. Inspection identifies this car as free from rust or rot, structurally very original with excellent floor pans, factory underseal and is free of accident damage.
Mechanically the vehicle is in excellent condition, having just completed an extensive service at the UK’s leading Lamborghini specialist. The interior has been re-trimmed to an exceptional standard with original switches present and electrics in good working order. It retains its genuine factory Muira wheels that are free from heavy corrosion and lined with Pirelli tyres ready for road use.
This is the finest unrestored Lamborghini Espada we have had the pleasure of offering to the market. Inspection is recommended to appreciate the quality of this vehicle.