1969 Lamborghini Islero180.000-240.000 EUR - Estimate

Lamborghini Islero

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Chassis n° 6321
Engine n° 1490

- Collection of a Parisian enthusiast
- Well-documented history
- Recent major maintenance work
- Superb presentation

Reference Number 512999

as of 1/17/2018

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Artcurial - Rétromobile  Contact  Location
Salon Rétromobile Hall 1  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Porte de Versailles
75015 Porte de Versailles  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
France  Mobile    Country  France France
Overview
Car 1969 Lamborghini Islero
VIN 6321 
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Known History

The Islero succeeded the 400 GT and used the same platform and V12 four-cam 320 bhp engine. The car was designed by ex-Touring stylists who had left to found Marazzi. The aim was to modernise its ageing predecessor while retaining its size, chassis and powerful engine. The Islero had sharper lines, and was more spacious despite being 22 cm shorter overall. The wire wheels disappeared in favour of the Miura's alloy wheels. With a V12 engine, the Islero was comfortable and fast. However, at the time, the undisputed star of the range was the Miura, and only 125 examples of the Islero were produced, making it one of the rarest Lamborghini models.

 

According to an extract from the Lamborghini register, the car on offer left the factory on 8 February 1969, as production number 110. Grey with a black interior, it was sold through Foïtek, the Lamborghini distributor in Zurich. This car remained in Switzerland until it was bought by the current owner. In 2015, he had been searching for a first series Islero as he found the interior of this model more original and more typical of Lamborghini than the S. The file of registration documents dates back to 1974 and names successive owners : Ulrich Zimmermann, Milto Faulhaber (1976), Hansjoer Gassler (1978), Edoardo Cassini (1983) and Alain Guerne who bought the car in 1988 from his cousin Kunstle. It was Kunstle who had the Islero repainted in the beautiful black livery it retains today, and it remained in the same family ownership for almost 30 years, alongside a Lamborghini 400 GT. Alain Guerne travelled some 40 000 km in his Islero, across Switzerland, France, Germany and Italy. The interior, a perfect representation of this era, is original, apart from the addition of a glove box, which was missing.

This car has been maintained by the marque specialists TS Automobile, and the file includes recent bills for over 11 000 €. This work included changing the oil in the gearbox and axle, bleeding the brakes, replacing the fuel lines and fuel pump, cleaning the carburettors, servicing the ignition, work to the fan, and replacing the alternator belt). The mileage stands at 75 600 km today, and the car is being sold with its British V5, a compression test report, build sheet, a history of Swiss registrations, a copy of a previous owner's registration document and a "Uso e manutenzione" manual for the Islero S.

This is the perfect car for touring, fast and lively, its qualities winning high praise in early test-drive features. Some consider this to be one of the best Lamborghini models, with its short chassis, secure road-holding and first class performance.

 

 

 

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