Lamborghini celebrates 50th anniversary of Espada and Islero

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The Espada was first produced in 1968 | Lamborghini photos

The Lamborghini Espada and Islero have each turned 50 years old, and both vintage Italians wear their designs better than we ever remember. To celebrate both milestones, Lamborghini is showing both cars at Techno Classica 2018 in Essen, Germany, which runs through March 25.

The Espada on display at the Techno Classica isn’t a 1968 model but a Series III model from 1976. Production of the Espada Series I began in 1968. This car is blue with a mustard yellow interior, and is in the process of restoration at Lamborghini’s specialist department, Polo Storico.

The Espada (right) at Techno Classico is still undergoing restoration

Upon its completion, the Espada will join the fleet of vintage vehicles at the Lamborghini Museum. Every piece and part of the Espada is original, according to Polo Storico, as restorers pulled from the Lamborghini Original Spare Parts department.

The Islero might not be as well-known as the Espada because the company built only 220 of them between 1968 and 1970. In contrast, the Espada was Lamborghini’s second-highest-selling model among classic nameplates.

Islero is a lesser-known Lamborghini model

At Techno Classico, the 1969 Islero, which succeeded the 400 GT, is shown in Pallid Green with a Tobacco interior. This is one of 70 Islero S models packing 350 horsepower from its 4.0-liter V12 engine, compared with 320 for the standard Islero. .

Lamborghini didn’t come to the birthday party empty-handed.  To mark their 50th birthdays, the company presented reprints of two rare Espada owner’s manuals and one for the 1969 Islero S. All of the documents were subject to intense replication, including printing and binding, the company said.

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This article was originally published on MotorAuthority, an editorial partner of ClassicCars.com.

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  1. My car for many years, Islero #6201, is the car I miss the most as well as the one I loved driving the most—just as the fine gentleman, Sr. Lamborghini, did. He brought a great contribution to us all.

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