Lamborghini Espada

The Lamborghini Espada was a two door, four seat grand tourer which was produced from 1968 to 1978.

When it was introduced, the range included the 2 seat Miura and the 2+2 400GT so this was a natural extension.

Lamborghini Espada attribution Karrmann

What You’ll Find On This Page

  • Details about the design, development and specification of the car
  • Motoring videos of the car
  • The role of the car in popular culture
  • Details of the diecast models of the car

Design, Development And Specification Of The Lamborghini Espada

The Espada was designed by Marcello Gandini of Bertone after two previous prototype designs for a four seat GT car, the Lamborghini Marzal and the Bertone Pirana based on the E-Type Jag.

The car went through three developments where the changes were mainly internaly:

  • S1 from 1968 to 1970
  • S2 from 1970 to 1972
  • S3 from 1972 to 1978

S1

Body – 4674mm length by 1821mm width by 1191mm height (184 x 71.7 x 46.9 inches)

Engine – V12 3929cc producing 325 bhp at 6500 rpm and torque of 394 Nm at 5500 rpm.

More detailed specification

S2

Body – 4730mm length by 1860mm width by 1185mm height (186.2 x 73.2 x 46.7 inches)

Engine – V12 3929cc producing 350 bhp at 7500 rpm and torque of 394 Nm at 5500 rpm.

More detailed specification

S3

Body – 4730mm length by 1860mm width by 1185mm height (186.2 x 73.2 x 46.7 inches)

Engine – V12 3929cc producing 350 bhp at 7500 rpm and torque of 394 Nm at 5500 rpm.

More detailed specification

Performance From Road Tests

I like the Brooklands books which pull together road tests and other articles from the magazines of the period.

Brooklands book of road tests and articles
Brooklands book of road tests and articles

In July 1969  Road & Track report the following for what I think is an S1 (although it says the engine bhp is 390 bhp at 7000 rpm)

Top speed – 158 mph

0-60 acceleration – 6.5 seconds

The book is available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

Motoring Videos Of The Espada

Sorry but you can’t skip the advertisement at the start of this video but, once it gets going, it has plenty of great information about the car.

Like the guy in the video, I fell in love with the Espada when I was about 10 years old as well but I never got to own one, let alone two.

No talking in this next video… just engine noise as it blasts along the roads.

Now imagine you needed more than two seats in 1968 and you could afford to choose between a Lambo or a Ferrari. That’s what the next video is about.

This Car In Popular Culture

It’s made minor appearances in quite a few films – Espada – without having a big starring role that I can point to and show you the video.

Models Of The Lamborghini Espada

I’ve seen the following offered for sale:

  • 1:18 – Autoart
  • 1:43 – Edicola
  • 1:43 – Look Smart
  • 1:43 – Minichamps
  • 1:43 – Mondo
  • 1:43 – SMTS

I’ve made it easy for you to check what models are available at what price from these websites:

eBay

Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Collectable Diecast – a specialist model retailer in America

Please check the search results carefully and change the criteria if necessary.

Here is the Autoart model:

Autoart Lamborghini Espada

I’ll provide links to more detailed assessments of these model cars in the future.

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