1969 Lamborghini Espada Series I


The Espada was launched at the 1968 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the Islero. The Espada was equipped with a 3.929 cc Lamborghini V12 engine derived from that used in the 400 GT 2+2, rated at 325 hp in the series I cars. The design of the series I dashboard was inspired by the Marzal concept car, and featured octagonal housings for the main instruments, topped by an additional binnacle for the secondary gauges. The alloy wheels were made by Campagnolo on knock-off hubs, of the same design seen on the Miura. A total of 186 examples were made before January 1970.

At the 1970 Brussels Motor Show Lamborghini unveiled the Espada S2. Outside the only change was the deletion of the grill covering the vertical glass tail panel. Inside changes were much more radical: a new dashboard, center console and steering wheel were installed. The instrument binnacle was of a more conventional rectangular shape, with round gauges. A wood-trimmed fascia extended along the entire width of the dashboard. A total of 575 Series II Espadas were made.

In 1972 the third series of the Lamborghini Espada was introduced. The interior now incorporated a redesigned aluminum-trimmed instrument panel that kept all instruments and most controls within easy reach of the driver. Several exterior changes were also made. Newly designed wheels on five-stud hubs replaced the earlier knock-off wheels. These wheels were also used on some late Series II Espadas. The front grille now had a square instead of hexagonal mesh. New tail lights were used, sourced from the Alfa Romeo 2000. In 1974, a Chrysler Torqueflite 3 speed automatic transmission became available as an option. From 1975, large impact bumpers had to be installed to meet United States safety requirements. US emissions requirements also led to the factory adding a secondary air injection pump and special tuning of carburetors and the ignition system.

Our Lamborghini Espada Series I

According to factory documents, our Lamborghini Espada Series I was originally delivered to Lamborghini’s Milan agency, Lamborcar on October 8, 1969. The car was delivered in Oro Metallizzato over a Nero leather interior. One year later the car was shipped to California and registered in name of Los Angeles based Mr. Perla on February 11, 1971. He cherished the Lamborghini Espada until he sold the car in 2009.

Before the car was shipped to Germany, the engine and gearbox were rebuilt by marque specialist Claudio Zampoli. When the car arrived in Germany in early 2010, it was repainted in its original shade of Oro Metallizzato. Pictures of the car before painting (the car was in the same color) are present in file. The car was sold to a German enthusiast and received a German Fahrzeugbrief in 2011. In 2015 the car was sold to the last owner who brought the car to marque specialist Mugello Engineering in Hilversum (invoice in file). The car received a complete inspection. Since then the car was barely used.

This is a unique opportunity to purchase a very well looked-after Lamborghini Espada S1 that was for almost four decades in the hands of one owner. The car has a fantastic history file. The odometer reads 61.160 kilometers, which is believed to be original.

This Lamborghini Espada Series I is for sale. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further details or an appointment for inspection.