DESCRIPTIONFamous for their audacious, innovative, and impossible to ignore designs, Lamborghini was the one and only automobile manufacture capable of creating the Espada. Boasting an impressive grand touring specification with its 350 hp, quad-cam V12 engine, and seating for 4, the Espada was Lamborghini's answer to Ferrari's 365 GTB/4 "Daytona", and the more luxurious 365 GTC/4. The Espada was a more sensible purchase than the concurrently offered Miura, yet remained captivatingly bizarre. It was, up to that point, Lamborghini's most successful model with 1,217 cars built. This particular car is a highly undisturbed example, with a condition which leads us to believe that the 33,000 miles shown is correct from new. The car is exceptionally solid, straight, and appears to retain much of its original paint, which is in very good condition. Period typical pin striping paint has been added in black, red, and silver, which contrasts nicely to the white background and further accentuates the Espada's outrageous lines. The interior has been partially re-trimmed in high quality leather and makes a very smart presentation. The original "mouse hair" dash material remains, further complementing the undisturbed nature of this particular example. The carpets have also been replaced with correct wool material, and are excellent. The engine bay, impressive and complex in nature, is reasonably well detailed, appears largely original in equipment, and very dry. The car starts easily and drives well, with the confidence inspiring feel of a never disassembled car. The steering, suspension, and braking systems are all functioning well. This Espada boasts a rare automatic transmission, altogether appropriate for Grand Touring automobile today, as stop and go traffic is even more of a reality now than it was during the 1970s. Just 55 examples were equipped from Lamborghini with the Chrysler TorqueFlite transmission. It is rare to find such a well maintained and structurally solid example of these impressive grand tourers. As a very late production example, this car benefits from the many small improvements made during the production cycle. The Espada represents outstanding value when compared to Ferraris of the era, and in many ways, is a more well appointed and impressive car. At the very least, the Espada provides for an interesting conversation topic, and makes a statement of uniqueness on arrival.
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