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1972 Lamborghini Espada

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  • Benefits from €47,775 in recent expenditure on the mechanicals, bodywork, and electrical system
  • Coveted Series II example with a manual gearbox
  • The 3.9-litre Miura-derived V12 is running well and the car is reportedly ready to be driven

The Appeal

Hailing from the age when the GT ruled supreme, the Lamborghini took their exquisite quad cam V12, bristling with no fewer than six side-draft Weber carburettors, and put it in the nose of a four seat car penned by the great Marcello Gandini while working at Bertone. The result was predictably scintillating and the Espada spanned three revisions over the course of a decade.

The Series II is regarded highly by discerning enthusiasts and we’re proud to be offering this 1972 example. With a manual gearbox directing that V12’s 350 horsepower to the rear wheels, this Espada is a definite driver’s car, although at the same time, there’s ample space and comfort for three passengers to travel in comfort and sophistication. 

Subject to copious recent work which entailed a comprehensive engine overhaul, extensive fabrication to the bodywork as well as a raft of other jobs, this Lamborghini is ready to be used and enjoyed. 

The History and Paperwork

  • Chassis No: 8558
  • Engine No: 40708
  • Built in October 1971 and registered the following year
  • One of just 575 Series II Espadas made
  • Recent invoice from Living Legends SK detailing all the recent work and totalling €47,775
  • The vendor informs us that much of the car’s history is well documented, with six owners across Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Slovakia
  • Originally painted Luci Di Bosco (brown), but now resplendent in Blu Notte (blue) - still an original Lamborghini colour, which it gained in 1985
  • Registered in Slovakia with an historic plate
  • Extensive photographic record of the fabrication and engine work
  • All current registration documentation present
  • Has passed FIVA

The Interior

  • Superb cream leather upholstery
  • Very little wear and no notable damage
  • Seating for four, with ample luggage space too

While we daren’t call an Espada practical, it walks all over even many of today’s so-called GTs when it comes to space and luggage capacity. There’s room to seat four in cosseting comfort.

The leather upholstery in this example remains supple and we couldn’t see any prominent creasing, sagging or cracking. The carpeting still looks great too, with little evidence of heavy foot traffic or indeed much discoloration or staining. The headlining remains well affixed and looks to be in good order.

The dashboard presents particularly well, with no splits to the upholstered top and smart veneers making up the fascia which spans its entire width and only exhibit a couple of scratches. All the switchgear appears in good condition, with some slight patination, and we understand that the electrical system is in good order following the aforementioned recent work. A wooden steering wheel and gear knob offer tactile points of contact for the driver and this example has been equipped with a modern stereo, styled to emulate its period counterparts.

The Exterior 

  • Handsome Gandini styling
  • Blu Notte paintwork
  • Subject to a great deal of recent bodywork

This Espada’s next owner shall not have to live in fear of the dreaded tin worm, which plagues so many Italian cars of this vintage. The vendor has shared a detailed photographic record of the recent fabrication work, which included cutting out much of the sills, inner wing and floor plan sections and painstakingly grafting in new steel. We perceive that this work has been carried out to a very good standard and the car has since received a coat of the very fetching Blu Notte.

The Gandini styling was some of Lamborghini’s boldest to date and perfectly embodies the spirit of non-conformance that the brand holds dear to this day. There’s a great deal of glass area, despite being so low to the ground, and we love its angular proportions. 

Besides some very superficial paint blemishes, we note this body is in very fine condition, as are the wheels and various trims.

The Mechanics 

  • 3.9-litre V12 engine
  • Five-speed manual gearbox
  • Recent mechanical overhaul

Where the Espada really shines is under the bonnet, where you find Lamborghini’s spectacular quad cam V12. It delivers around 350 horsepower to the rear wheels via an addictive five-speed manual gearbox. The sound and resulting performance are invigorating and you find you’re able to press on to a point where you can sustain impressive speeds over long distances. Like every great GT should, the Espada makes travel effortless, yet still engages the driver in every way with peak power arriving at over 7,000rpm!

The vendor shares photographs of the engine stripped down and with the cylinder heads removed. We note the invoice from Living Legends SK includes a quite comprehensive rebuild and setup. Under the bonnet, all appears in fantastic shape, with nothing appearing to be out of place. The Lamborghini runs beautifully and the vendor reports that it drives impeccably.


A ‘70s V12 Lamborghini should be on every car enthusiast’s wishlist. This Espada is a fabulous machine that feels as special today as it did half a century ago. 

Few Espadas have been subject to such thorough work and servicing, giving this Series II’s next owner a car that’s ready to be enjoyed to the fullest extent of what Lamborghini intended.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Lamborghini
  • Model Espada
  • Colour Blu Notte
  • Odometer 38,992 Miles
  • Engine size 3900
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bratislavský kraj
  • Location International
  • Country Slovakia

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