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Car Tales: So Stylish & So Sharp, Lamborghini Espada 400GT Series 2

The Spanish word ‘espada’ means ‘sword’, a reference to the instrument with which the bullfighter kills the bull. And in one of the fabulous Lamborghini Espadas, you will slice through traffic like a knife through butter: like Moses’s journey across the Red Sea, any vehicle congestion will simply part and fall away.
1972 Lamborghini Espada 400GT for sale
As Denis Jenkinson wrote in Britain’s Motor Sport in March 1972: ‘ The engine is so fuss-free that if a gap appears in the traffic you can squirt the car instantly in bottom gear up to a searing 5,000 or 6,000 r.p.m. and straight back to a quiet 600-r.p.m. tick-over, all of which makes the Espada an easy car to use in heavy traffic. In fact it is a rare car in being pleasant to drive slowly as well as fast, and pleasant on Motorways and in country lanes…

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‘Once out of the city, either on a Motorway or a normal trunk road, the Espada will amble along at any speed you want, from 600 r.p.m. in 5th gear, from which it will pull away with a small amount of snatching, to 7,000 or 7,500 r.p.m. in any of the lower gears, even 4th, and 6,000 r.p.m. in 5th (125 m.p.h.) is a comfortable cruising gait, with a nice hum coming from the engine, the throttles eased back, and remarkably low wind-noise from the Bertone body.
Even on the streaming wet roads the stability was of a very high order and most impressive was the suspension and ride, sufficiently supple to be able to feel the wheels following the undulations of the road, incredibly well damped by its telescopic shock-absorbers… ‘…it is a remarkable car and it does everything to a very high standard and must represent the ultimate in exotic four-seater cars…’
1972 Lamborghini Espada 400GT side view
This is what we have right now at Beverly Hills Car Club, a recently discovered 1972 Lamborghini Espada 400GT Series II that has just came out of long-term ownership and is featured with matching numbers.
This example is 1 of only 575 Lamborghini Espada Series II ever built. Equipped with a manual transmission, V12 engine, four-wheel disc brakes, Weber carburetors, twin exhausts, Jaeger instrumentation, characteristic vertical glass tail panel, wood-trimmed fascia, side marker lights, 3-spoke steering wheel, center console, glove box, Becker Europa II AM/FM radio, Summit tires, Campagnolo alloy wheels, and a full-size spare tire fitted in the trunk. This four-seater supercar comes with an owner’s manual booklet and a plethora of service receipt copies totaling over $23,000 that has been invested into the vehicle dating from November 1978 through February 2001.
Every curve and contour has been meticulously crafted, showcasing Lamborghini’s unparalleled attention to detail and perfectly accentuating the car’s aggressive lines and muscular stance. An extremely collectible Lamborghini Espada 400GT Series II that has been tucked away for many years, this is a prime restoration candidate to bring back its true elegance and sophistication.
The Lamborghini Espada is a 4-seat grand touring coupe built by Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini between 1968 and 1978.
During its ten years in production, three different series were produced.
1972 Lamborghini Espada 400GT rear view
These were the S1 (1968–1970), the S2 (1970–1972) and the S3 (1972–1978). Each model featured interior redesigns, minor mechanical improvements and minor exterior changes. In total 1,217 Espadas were made, making it the most numerous and longest-running Lamborghini model until the expansion of Countach production in the mid-1980s.
The car was designed by Marcello Gandini, the son of an orchestral conductor, at Bertone. Turin-born Gandini, who looked as classy and chic as a Lamborghini himself, drew inspiration and cues from two of his own Bertone show cars from 1967, the Lamborghini Marzal and the Bertone Pirana.
1972 Lamborghini Espada 400GT interior
At the 1970 Brussels Motor Show was where Lamborghini unveiled the Espada S2. Externally the only change was the deletion of the grille covering the vertical glass tail panel. Inside changes were more radical: all-new dashboard, center console and steering wheel were installed.
The instrument binnacle was of a more conventional rectangular shape, with round gauges. A wood-trimmed fascia extended along the entire width of the dashboard. The center armrest was also revised and ventilation for rear seat passengers was improved.
Power output increased to 350 hp due to a higher 10.7:1 compression ratio. The brakes were upgraded to vented Girling discs instead of solid discs. CV joints were now used on the rear half-shafts. As on the series I, 205VR15 Pirelli Cinturato CN72 tires were fitted, suiting the cars handling until power steering was offered as an option.
1972 Lamborghini Espada 400GT enine
A total of 575 Series II Espadas were made, making it the mass produced variant.
There are not too many of these fantastic cars left.
But here at Beverly Hills Car Club you can have one right now.
Don’t delay!
-Alex Manos, Owner
Lamborghini Espada buyer Alex Manos

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