1969 Lamborghini Espada series I150.000-200.000 EUR - Estimate

Lamborghini Espada Série 1

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French title
Chassis n° 7063
Engine n° 2577
Bertone body n° 20

- One of the first French provenance series 1
- Recent top quality restoration
- Powered by its original engine
- Twentieth Espada produced

Reference Number 513056

as of 1/17/2018

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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
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Car 1969 Lamborghini Espada series I
VIN 7063 
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Known History

Building on the success of the Miura, Lamborghini tackled a new challenge - to produce a four-seater "supercar" that would combine sportiness and roominess. The first signal of this intent appeared at the 1967 edition of the Geneva Motor Show with the Marzal, the work of Marcello Gandini, a recent recruit at Bertone. At the Geneva Motor Show of 1968, Lamborghini unveiled the Espada, signed by the same designer. The car boasted of very impressive performance, thanks to the extraordinary 3.9L V12 that the car shared with the Miura.

As confirmed by the specialist Olivier Naméche in a certificate attached to the file, this first series Espada was sold new in France, in December 1968. It featured Argento color, black interior and was registered in January 1969. Exceptionally, it is the 20th Espada produced, as can be seen by its body number assigned during its construction at Bertone. It was owned for a long time by an enthusiast from Meurthe and Moselle, before an important Lamborghini collector from Paris, in search of a first series Espada equipped with the famous rear metal grid, acquired the car. Though the car was in a drivable condition, the body was completely restored by Etablissements Martin in Damery to meet the collector's requirements. A photo folder shows the extent and seriousness of the work done, for an amount of over 40,000 Euros. The car was completely dismantled, stripped, the sills and the fenders redone. The original black interior, with a beautiful patina, was only cleaned up and processed. It goes perfectly well with the beautiful orange livery that the car sports now. Following this restoration, the car was recently serviced by the excellent Lamborghini specialist TS Automobile. 20 000 € have been spent to make the car perfect.

As part of the very first models built, with its rear metal grille, delivered new in France and just out of an extensive restoration, it is an exceptional car, a true space machine, in its purest version, and the closest to the legendary Marzal.