Iconic Lamborghini Espada And Islero Drive Across Italy To Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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20 classic cars took took part in the tour covering 500 miles across central Italy.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Espada and Islero, Lamborghini recently took the two iconic models for a grand tour across central Italy with 20 other classics. The tour, organized by Lamborghini’s restoration division Polo Storico, started on September 7 in Perugia and covered nearly 500 miles crossing through Umbria, Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, cruising through picturesque mountain hills and historic town centers.

Of the 20 cars that took part in the tour, a 1973 Espada Series 3 was recognized by Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali for being the car owned the longest by a single owner. It was first purchased as a used car in 1977 by two English owners who used it as a family car and was recently restored and registered for the tour to coincide with the owners’ golden wedding anniversary.

A rare Espada Series 2, one of only 12 produced with a VIP fit-out, was also awarded for being driven from farthest away, having travelled for 3728 miles from Oslo. A 1968 Islero S was also recognized as the car that was the most “faithful” to Sant’Agata Bolognese. Owned by an English collector, it is one of few Islero S models equipped with right-hand drive and one of only 70 Islero S models ever produced. A 1976 Espada Series 3 finished in Blu Notte and a 1968 Islero from the Lamborghini Museum also participated in the 500-mile tour.

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The Espada was a radical departure for Lamborghini as the first car produced by the Italian automaker to feature four seats and an automatic transmission. Power was provided by a front-mounted, naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V12 with an output ranging from 325 to 350 hp and a top speed of 152 mph.

While 1,226 Espadas rolled off the production line between 1968 and 1978, the Islero is much rarer with a production run of just 225 cars produced between 1968 and 1969. An evolution of the 400GT before it, the Islero packed the same V12 as the Espada also producing 325-350 hp depending on the model. The fastest model, the Islero S, had a higher top speed of 161 mph.

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