The Lamborghini was a grand tourer brought out in 1968 with a V12 engine. There was a void in the four seater sportscar range and Ferruccio Lamborghini wanted a four seater luxury cruiser. So, the Espada was born with many innovative features like the automatic transmission to handle the powerful engine’s torque. From 1968 to 1978 three variants were produced with vast improvements in the interior and some alterations to empower the engine. It was priced at $33,900 when first introduced to the car world and is now available for $ 15000 – $ 30,700. The final model in 1978 was excellent and drew much interest and admiration from car lovers. A total of 1217 units were produced before it was halted with people still nursing a hope that it will come back into production. The few that are on the road still attract stares and astonished gapes.
The engine was very powerful being the V12 one which is still the powerhouse for very recent cars like Jaguar XJR, Ferrari and the latest Lamborghini cars. Spewing out 325 bhp and a torque of 275.8 lb/ft., the Espada is none the less for speed compared to contemporary cars cruising at 150 mph with automatic transmission and an unusual gear ratio of 3 drive, 1 and reverse. The acceleration from 0 - 100 Km is easily attained in 6.6 seconds.
The interior is large and roomy with luxury features of the late sixties like airconditioning, automatic climate control, electric windows, powered and heated front seats, cruise control, navigation system and trip computer. This 2 door coupe also had a good sound system with a CD auto changer. Many features in the series III models were added on, like the sun roof and power steering. Though a sixties model the Espada was not without safety features. Airbags of different types were available like side-impact head airbags for front seats, an exclusive airbag for the driver, side airbags and front head restraints, child safety locks and door beams for side impact. The upholstery was completely leather and the steering wheel was made from aluminium which was later changed to wooden with a more upright center console in the series III models
The shape of the chassis is truly amazing with unique dimensions that makes heads turn. The width of the car is 73 inches providing roomy interiors. The structure is a semi monocoque of steel sheet that is shaped like a sweeping curve from the rear windows to the bonnet and an aluminium hood. This 2-door super sedan has standard 15" wheels with magnesium hubs and Pirelli Cinturato tyres. Disc brakes have been used for all four wheels. Other remarkable features include heated, electric door mirrors, Xenon headlamps, fog lamps, tinted glass and rear window wiper. In the last of the Espada series III, black bumpers were installed for safety regulations and the front grill and taillights changed slightly. A sunroof was also made available as an option which wasn't very popular.