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Lamborghini Espada
At the 1967 Geneva Salon Lamborghini exhibited the Marzal concept designed by Marcello Gandini . Using an extended Miura chassis, but only 6 of the 12 Miura cylinders the 2-litre prototype drew a lot of attention. However owner Feruccio Lamborghini was unsure about some aspects of the design and asked for it to be reworked in a more conventional way. Gandini went back to his Jaguar Pirana concept exhibited at the 1967 Earls Court Show and ditched the gull wing doors and deep glass. The production Espada was launched in 1968 with all the 12 cylinders from the Miura and was a success. 'Espada' is a type of sword used in Spanish bullfighting. In 1970 the series II Espada (or 400 GTE) was announced gaining the Miura P400S engine improvements. Series III Espadas went into production in 1973 with a revised nose and better equipment inside. Production ended in 1978 after 1224 had been sold.
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Lamborghini Espada S2 - badge on bonnet
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Lamborghini Espada - badge on c-pillar
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Lamborghini Espada S2. Based on the 1967 Geneva show car, the 'Marzal', Lamborghini's Espada went into production in 1968. A 3929cc V12 engine powered the Espada which was sold until 1978 with 1200 being produced.
Lamborghini Espada rear
Lamborghini Espada. Two rear windows, an almost horizontal glass and then a 'letter box' slot in the tail panel. Later copied by Volkswagen and Citroen and others.
Lamborghini Espada S2 front
Lamborghini Espada S2. Introduced at the 1970 Brussels Motor Show, the Espada S2 had several small improvements, particularly to the interior, and lost the centre-clock Miura wheels in favour of 5-bolt alloys.
Lamborghini Espada S3 front
Lamborghini Espada S3. From 1972 the S3 had a slightly revised nose and new grille. Behind the grille was a 3929cc V12 very similar to the one in the Miura.
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Lamborghini Espada S2 - tail lamp. This also shows the lower vertical section of the rear windows which from the S2 was plain glass, without a grille of vertical bars covering it.
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Lamborghini Espada S2. Designed by Marcello Gandini the Espada has a very elegant profile, especially for a large 4-seater car. S2 Espadas had these 5-bolt alloy wheels instead of centre-lock wheels of the S1.
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Lamborghini Espada. Four exhaust pipes pulling from the front-mounted 4-litre V12 engine
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Lamborghini Espada - vent on c-pillar
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Lamborghini Espada S2 - rear wheel. 5-bolt alloy wheels replaced the centre-lock Miura wheels on the Espada S2 from 1970.
Marcello Gandini
Carrozzeria Bertone
Lamborghini P400 Miura
Designer: E. Spada
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