Lamborghini Espada

Lamborghini Espada 1960s Italian classic supercar

The Lamborghini Espada was styled by Bertone. Design standards were of the highest - both inside and out. Sitting pretty atop the tail lights, for example, was a clear glass panel. Not only was it a sweet visual flourish - it assisted with parking, too. The Espada's interior was state of the art. Its focal point was a control console, between the front seats. That - and a 'techie' dash - provided an aircraft-style array of dials and switches. And classic supercar though it was, the 4-seater Espada was far from cramped.

The top-spec Espada was good for 155mph. The engine was a 4-litre V12. It sat beneath an alloy bonnet - pleasingly pierced by NACA ducts along the sides. A one-off 5-speed gearbox did the transmission honours.

The Espada's ride was pliant and smooth. That was aided by all round wishbone suspension - plus a wide track, and fat tyres. Overall handling was excellent. Power steering, and auto transmission were options on later models. The Espada was based on the 'Marzal' concept car. When the Espada was released - in 1968 - it set a new speed benchmark for 4-seater cars. In terms of both looks and engineering, then, the Lamborghini Espada was a genuine Italian masterpiece!

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