1973 Lamborghini Espada

When it comes to revolutionary designs in Italian car history, there are plenty to choose from. However, when it comes to controversial and polarizing car designs, few manufacturers manage to embody these traits quite as well as Lamborghini. Spurred on by his rivalry of Ferrari in the early 1960s, Ferruccio Lamborghini went from making cars that were in the mold of Ferraris - the 350 GT - to cars that simply broke the mold. First to emerge was the revolutionary Miura, with its transverse mid-mounted V12 and unbelievable looks. Soon after followed one of the wildest Grand Tourers the world has seen; lesser known than the Miura but sharing some of its otherworldly DNA was the Espada. A more conventional front engine platform meant there was room for two in the back, but that didn't stop the Gandini shape from being unconventional at the same time. Full of ducts, vents and grills in the front, the Espada was all glass in the rear with a rather unique see-through design. It was indescribably cool, and the Espada sold in great numbers as a result with over 1,200 produced. This 1973 model comes from the middle of the production run:

Year: 1973
Model: Espada
Engine: 3.9 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: Not Listed
Price: $89,500

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1973 Lamborghini Espada Series III red with tan interior. 5- speed . Very rare dual air conditioning. This is an excellent original California car. The paint has some blemishes but is mechanically superb. For only $89,500.

While not much mechanical history on this car is offered, it certainly looks like one of the better examples that has come to market recently. It's a great color combination and shows the Gandini design well. Typically these cars have been somewhat neglected in the classic Italian car realm, though the significance of the design is starting to show through; after all, in the past few years we've seen the "Grand Coupe" design reappear at BMW, Mercedes and Audi amongst others. At just shy of $90,000, this car represents pretty accurately the going rate for a series 3 Espada in such condition.


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