1967 Lamborghini Islero 400 2+2

Occasionally a product is designed in such a subtle fashion that the general public is unaware that they are beholding a classic. The Lamborghini Islero is such a car. The Islero was publicly offered shortly before Lamborghini presented the stunning 2+2 Espada with Bertone coachwork, and all it did was attract a few ho-hums from people with blank looks on their faces. The Islero had nothing new to offer except bodywork which some considered to be wanting. But this is where subtlety begins to play a role. One could call the Islero quie, which, of course, can mean subtle. Others might say the car lacks glamour.
As time passed, the anonymous Lamborghini Islero took on a glamour and shine all its own. It is not at all visually imposing, but clean and well balanced, with nothing disagreeable about its looks. In spite of its harmless appearance, the Islero is one of the world’s most aggressive cars. As one writer put it, “This car is not only the most impetuous 2+2 seater type, but the quick­est one in every sense. I have never heard, to tell the truth, of any car with a front motor, irrespective of the number of seats, which was capable of matching its performance.”
All the while, keep in mind that the Islero was not designed as a top-end performer, but a lux­ury car in which the builder tried to resolve the performance/comfort compromise in favor of comfort. This car reached a top speed of 161 mph while covering a standing kilometer in just 25.5 seconds! At the time, it was surely the quickest car in the world.
This particular car has been featured in coffee table books such as The Great Book of Sports Cars and The Complete Book of Lamborghini. The Islero is reputed to have been Mr. Lamborghini’s favorite model. It is the only car in which he had actual input in the design, and was named after a legendary fighting bull that killed a famous matador, Manuel Rodriquez, in 1947. This car is the same color as that famous bull, a rare color for this car. It has resided in Palm Springs, California. With 35,700 miles, it is said to be in impeccable condition.