1969 Lamborghini Espada Series I

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Building on the success of the Miura, Lamborghini tackled a new challenge — to produce a 4-seater supercar that would combine sportiness and roominess.

The first signal of this intent appeared at the 1967 edition of the Geneva Motor Show with the Marzal, the work of Marcello Gandini, a recent recruit at Bertone. At the Geneva Motor Show of 1968, Lamborghini unveiled the Espada, signed by the same designer.

The car boasted very impressive performance, thanks to the extraordinary 3.9-liter V12 that the car shared with the Miura.

As confirmed by the specialist Olivier Naméche in a certificate attached to the file, this Espada was sold new in France during December 1968.

It featured an Argento (silver) color, black interior and was registered in January 1969. Exceptionally, it is the 20th Espada produced, as can be seen by the body number assigned during its construction at Bertone.

It was owned for a long time by an enthusiast from Meurthe-et-Moselle, before an important Lamborghini collector from Paris, in search of a first-series Espada equipped with the famous rear metal grid, acquired the car. Although the car was in a drivable condition, the body was completely restored by Etablissements Martin in Damery to meet the collector’s requirements.

A photo folder shows the extent and seriousness of the work done. The car was completely dismantled and stripped, and the sills and the fenders redone. The original black interior, with a beautiful patina, was only cleaned up and processed. It goes perfectly well with the beautiful orange livery that the car sports now.

As part of the very first models built, with its rear metal grille, delivered new in France and just out of an extensive restoration, it is an exceptional car, a true space machine, in its purest version, and the closest to the legendary Marzal.