This red Lamborghini Espada Prince Classics served as a model in the photo shoot for the second edition of Capital Cars & Classics. The Espada is most likely a “love it or hate it design ‘, however the Italian lines looked amazing at the Amsterdam Kromhouthal. And for the “love it” side …. this sexy GT is for sale!
Historie Lamborghini Espada
The Lamborghini Espada was built between 1968 and 1978 and became very successful for the Italian brand in those years with 1,217 copies produced. The grand tourer with space for four people was first presented at the Geneva Motor Show and had to fill the gap between the 400GT and Miura. The name Espada came from the Portuguese name for the word sword which referred back to the swords that were used by the bullfighters. The design came from Marcello Gandini who worked for Bertone.
Originally, the Espada was equipped with a 4.0 liter V12 engine that produced 325hp, in fact a slightly modified block from the Miura and Islero. In addition, the Espada had fully independent suspension and disc brakes all round. Despite the fact that Lamborghini is one of the first producers which connected an automatic transmission to a powerful V12 most Espada were sold with a manual transmission. During the ten years of production, several changes were made to identify the Series 1 to the Series 3. The biggest changes were in the interior which was addressed drastically by the different series, in addition, each series was again a bit more powerful.
The Lamborghini Espada 400 GTE from Prins Classics
This Lamborghini Espada 400 GTE 1970 with chassis number 8053 is offered for sale by Prince Classics and is a European version. It is delivered new in Rome after which it was soon shipped to California where the first registration took place in 1971. In 1990, the Espada ended up in a private collection of the former Dutch Lamborghini importer van Vliet. Since then the car has spent years in the cellar under a dust cover, and was not registered.
In 1995 the cover was taken down and entered the car in the hands of the German Lamborghini dealer Walter Wolff in Dusseldorf which for a while preying on the Lambo. The current owner bought his dream car in October that year, officially as the second owner since Van Vliet and Wolff not registered the car. The maintenance history would be very well documented. The price tag listed € 179,500.
Since Prince Classics is an exhibitor at Capital Cars & Classics it is likely that you will find more of these exotics. Therefore save the date on the 18th and 19th of March!