Most Italian automotive historians will recognize the 1960s as a golden era of automotive design and production. As such, in the past several years we’ve had the opportunity to celebrate the golden anniversary of several models. 2018 will be a continuation of 50th anniversary celebrations. This week we are announcing two models, both from Sant’Agata.
The Lamborghini Islero was the successor to the 400GT, built upon the same chassis but with a wider track and therefore a roomier interior than its predecessor. The beautiful car was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in 1968, with 125 units produced in its first year. In 1969 Lamborghini introduced the Islero S, with a slightly more powerful engine and a variety of exterior and interior styling changes. In this, its final year of production, Lamborghini produced 100 units of the Islero S.
1968 was a busy year for Lamborghini the Geneva Auto Show. In addition to the Islero, the Company also introduced the Espada. This model was a 4-seat grand touring coupe. The Espada was based on two concept cars, the famed Lamborghini Marzal and the Jaguar Pirana, both designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone. The Espada had a long and glorious run of over 10 years, with more than 1,200 models made. It was Lamborghini’s largest selling car until the introduction of the Countach in the 1980s.
Made in three variations, the Series I had just under 200 units made, the Series II had just over 550 units, and the final version, the Series III, came in at almost 500 units. The cars are instantly recognizable at Lamborghini’s only truly 4-seater at the time.
Lamborghini’s glorious past is filled with innovation and inspiration, which is the DNA of today’s wonderful models made in Sant’Agata. The celebration is on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Click here to witness an important part of Lamborghini’s history, and click here to register your Islero or Espada.