Marcelo Gandini's four-seater concept car for the 1967 Geneva Motor Show, the Marzal, provided the inspiration for Lamborghini's Espada. With wide bodywork and bulky glass area, the Espada was more of a grand tourer than it was a sports car, while the unconventional looks were quick to polarize opinion - it was a car that you either loved or hated. Inside, there was enough room for four, but the driving position was awkward and incredibly uncomfortable, while it was impossible to see some of the instruments without straining to see beneath the rim of the steering wheel. Handling wasn't brilliant because of the car's weight, but with a 350bhp VI2 powerplant under the bonnet it was still startlingly swift. Production stretched to 1217 examples manufactured between 1968 and 1978. The Series II cars had optional power steering and Series III (built from 1973) had an altered nose and improved brakes and suspension.
Lamborghini Espada Specifications
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