Lot 187 - 1976 Lamborghini Espada Series III
|Odometer reading||11,976 miles|
|Estimate||£113,000 - £129,000|
|Result||Sold - £99,050|
- Original right hand drive, manual gearbox example
- Fully restored
- Full engine rebuild by Colin Clarke Engineering
The 1967 Geneva Motor Show event saw the unveiling of the sensational Lamborghini Marzal. A concept car which was seen as an approach to a four-seat Lamborghini. A forerunner for the successful distinct Espada. Named after a matador's sword, the Espada was styled along lines similar to those of the concept Marzal but carried a 4.0 litre V12 up front, first seen in the 400GT and Islero. Introduced in January 1970, the Series II cars came with an extra 25bhp, 155mph top speed, an improved dashboard layout and the option of power assisted steering. The dashboard was revised yet again in late 1972 for the Series III, which also incorporated power steering as standard, up-rated brakes, minor suspension improvements, and a restyled front grille. Espada production ceased in 1978 after 1,217 of these imposing cars had been built. Even today there are few cars that can match the on-road presence of the Espada.
This stunning Series III Espada is offered in black with grey full leather interior and we are informed chassis number 9510 was one of the last cars to leave the factory. During the course of its life the car has spent time in various private collections as well as in the Autoglass Family Museum. At the start of what became a comprehensive restoration in September 2008, the car was put into Colin Clarke Engineering where the engine was removed to be fully rebuilt. The car was then sent away to have further works undertaken which included a bare metal respray, all sills and floor pans were completely refurbished before being protected for future use. Once this was complete, the interior was treated to a full retrim in grey leather bringing the car back to full factory condition. The car was then returned to Colin Clarke Engineering in September 2010 to have the rebuilt engine fitted and tested. At the same time the brakes and suspension were overhauled along with the gearbox. This vehicle is now held in our vendors private collection and accompanied by a comprehensive history file. An absolutely stunning, right hand drive, manual example of the marque, this example certainly could not be recreated for the estimate range and thus looks incredible value for such a collectable car.
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