Lot 184 - 1973 Lamborghini Espada Series III

Lot 184 - 1973 Lamborghini Espada Series III

Lot 184 - 1973 Lamborghini Espada Series III

Lot Number 184
Registration YNC 158L
Chassis Number 8992
Engine Number 41021
Odometer reading 19,011 miles
Estimate £20,000 - £30,000
  • A UK supplied right hand drive example.
  • Thought to be one of only 130 manufactured.
  • A great base for a restoration project.
  • Reported engine rebuild and body restoration in 1997 costing approx. £42,000.

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 Espada would make for an excellent base for a restoration, it appears to be relatively solid and complete and has spent the majority of its time off the road in secure dry storage. An old tax disc dated 2006 is still in the windscreen, so it is safe to assume this was the last time the car was on the road. The displayed mileage of 19,011 miles could very possibly be genuine, areas such as the pedals and switchgear appear to have minimal amounts of wear, though this mileage cannot be warranted. Our vendor has owned this example since 1997 and reports that shortly after purchase, a full engine rebuild and body restoration was carried out by Cordwallis in Maidenhead, costing approximately £42,000 at the time. Unfortunately, the paperwork has been lost for the car at some point over the years, so the relating paperwork is no longer present. Viewing is highly recommended, although clearly in need of full restoration, the car does appear to be a very good starting point. Consignor Fraser Smith

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