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Lamborghini Is Celebrating The Espada And Islero 50th Anniversary With An Italian Grand Tour

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Beautiful Italian scenery. Famous Italian roads. Italian wine (only at night).

Last March, Lamborghini's specialty Polo Storico in-house restoration division announced plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of two now iconic Lamborghinis, the Espada and Islero. To get the party started, Polo Storico has now completed the restoration of its very own Espada and Islero that will soon be parked in the Lamborghini Museum.

But first, a dedicated Italian tour to mark the occasion will take place from September 7-10 in Italy. Organized by Polo Storico, owners/collectors of surviving Espadas and Isleros will be invited to drive their cars over 400 miles through some of the most scenic roads through central Italy.

Stops will include the city of Perugia, a number of cathedrals and museums and, perhaps most importantly, several regional wineries. The convoy will then move on to Tuscany (more wine!) and will then make its way to the legendary Futa and Raticosa Passes before the final destination – Sant'Agata Bolognese, the home of Lamborghini.

The Marcello Gandini-designed Espada holds a special place in Lamborghini history for a number reasons, among them one of the brand's highest build numbers (a total of 1,226 during its 10-year production run), its low stance, and the first Lamborghini to be available with an automatic transmission. Power came from a front-mounted 4.0-liter V12 with dual overhead camshafts, and powered by 6 twin-barrel Weber carburetors. Top speed is clocked at 152 mph.

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The Islero, based on the 400 GT, was built only from 1968 until 1970. It's also powered by that longitudinal, front-mounted V12. Only 225 examples were produced, thus making it a rare find today. However, this Lamborghini-organized grand Italian tour is guaranteed to lure a few Isleros and plenty of Espadas out of hiding.