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 coupé 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 Lamborghini Espada Series 1, chassis number 7153 was the 53th car built. White with a black leather interior, it was delivered to dealer Foitek in Zurich February 26th 1969. The first owner was Mr. Ulrich Schmid from Zurich who sold the car to Fabio Lamborghini. car comes with new German TUV documents valid until 03/2020.
In 2017 it was mechanically completely serviced and checked and runs and perfoms as it should. The interior and carpets are completely original, and the body has been restored to a very high standard.
It is also fitted with the sensational Marzal steering wheel which gives the futuristic interior a very Star Trek look. Being a 1st series car, this outstanding example is the most exclusive and sought after Espada, moreover the rarest as only 186 cars were produced.
We assume this is the last and original one owner documented cars that are available and a must have to any collector in this important 50th anniversary celebration year of the Lamborghini Espada.