Lot 160 - 1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II
|Odometer reading||95,561 km|
|Estimate||£45,000 - £55,000|
|Result||Sold - £91,840|
Lamborghini wanted to include a four seat, grand tourer to the model line-up which included the Miura and the 400GT; this came to fruition in the Spring of 1968 when the Espada was exhibited at the Geneva Salon. A very distinctive design by Marcello Gandini of Bertone, it was radical in appearance yet extremely practical. The name 'Espada' means 'sword' in Spanish, referring to the sword that bullfighters use to kill the bulls. With 150mph performance from the 3.9-litre, V12 engine, five speed gearbox, chassis-mounted rear axle and all-independent, coil spring suspension, the car was built as a high performance supercar. The interior was altered dramatically between each model. An all new dashboard and steering wheel was installed for the S2 and the interior was again revamped for the S3.
This lefthand drive Series Two Espada was manufactured on October 1st, 1970 and benefits from being one of the last Series Two's to be built with the glorious Muira centre spinner Campagnolo wheels, and the Series One rear lamps. It was delivered on October 15, 1970 to Lamborauto of Turin and sold to Ms. Zutinic Radmila who owned the car until 1972.
The second owner, Roberto Jaime Gourlay, purchased the car in Turin in 1972 and was working as a buyer for the Canadian Forces Exchange Stores in Lahr, Germany. He had a Department of National Defence driver's licence and was able to register the Espada with the Canadian Forces and not with the German TUV and so the car had DND Canadian licence plates in Germany.
When Roberto departed Lahr and set up business in Frankfurt, he had to change the Canadian (CDN) plates for German duty free plates and continued to enjoy the car. He then went to work in Spain where the authorities let him drive the car on tourist plates as long as he held a valid work and residence permit. When the permit ended however, the Spanish authorities insisted he had to register on Spanish plates and demanded a considerable fee. At this point, he decided to leave Spain within the week and drove back to Germany.
His intention was to sell the Espada but as the German economy was not in good shape, he drove it to the UK where the car was sold to a wealthy horse dealer and saddler, Kenneth Lyndon-Dyres, of Maidstone, Kent. It was first registered in the UK on 10th May, 1976 having had four owners by this time. It was then shipped to California with the intention of selling but did not meet the emission regulations and so was shipped back by a Don Kay of Croydon who bought it in the USA. It was then acquired by a Michael Percy of Piddington, High Wycombe on 23rd September 1980.
We believe it was owned by him until 1986 at which time, the engine dropped a valve and the car was bought by Thoroughbred Sports Cars, Whitney, Oxfordshire. The engine was removed and the body re-painted from Azzurro Mexico (light blue) to red. It then remained with the engine out until the vendor decided it was time to rescue her and bought the car on 10th February, 1989.
David Eaton had wanted an Espada since first seeing the car in magazines in the late 60's and had joined the Lamborghini club in 1988. Being just 44 inches high (the car not the vendor), and so long and wide, this spectacular four-seat shape had completely hooked him. It is important to note that the decision to buy was based on being able to see the body shell and chassis were rust free and a desire to rebuild a Lamborghini V12. It took seven years to take the car back to bare metal and then two-pack the complete underneath (still in excellent condition) as well as rebuild the suspension and, of course, that fabulous V12 engine. The engine has the original pistons and bores but was rebuilt with new rings, chains, shells, and gaskets at 77,000km. The paint you see has been on the car since 1986.
She was back on the road in 1996 and has clocked-up approximately 18,000 trouble free kilometres. More recently, she has been back to the factory for the Murcielago launch in Germany and numerous trips up and down the UK. It has also been to the 50th anniversary timeline in London and the Silverstone Classics 2013 and 2014. But after 26 years of ownership, a difficult decision was made to sell her; as another classic racing car project beckons. Presented with a full year's MoT test certificate and a new set of Pirelli tyres, it is with a heavy heart that one man's passion is now available.
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