Of course an ultra-rare Italian supercar would be on Craigslist.
Lamborghini nowadays is known for making two-seat supercars…and for its upcoming SUV. But a few decades ago its lineup was much different. There was the Miura and the Countach that gearheads know and love, but what about the forgotten Lambos of the 1960s and 1970s, such as the Urraco? And what about the massive Espada, of which only 1,217 were made? Last week our craziest Craigslist find was the IAD Land Shark, a one-off supercar. This week it’s a 1975 Lamborghini Espada for sale in Clifton, New Jersey.
The Espada was produced from 1968 to 1978 and came in three variants. Series I was made until 1970 and was the rarest with only 186 units produced. Series II was in production until 1972 and was the most common with 575 examples. This example here is a Series III from 1975. So, what are the differences between the types? For starters, Series III had the lowest power output at 321 horsepower from its 3.9-liter V12. Both other versions offered the same engine but the Series I put out 325 horses and the Series II a beastly 345 hp. There’s also the incredibly ugly front bumper Lamborghini was forced to install due to US safety regulations, and the optional Borg Warner automatic transmission offered beginning in 1974.
This example features an automatic transmission and has only 43,000 kilometers on it, or just 26,718 miles. The poster says $50,000 was put into rebuilding the engine but what was done in terms of fixes and replacements is not mentioned. The exterior, interior and trunk are all in good shape, save for a large rip in the driver’s seat (the ad mentions it). The asking price is $199,000. A quick search on Google shows a few Series III Espadas selling for around $210,000 but all those models are manuals. Here’s a 1974 automatic model for sale in Astoria, New York, for $89,500, although it could use some work.
“Offers are accepted” which means you’ll probably be able to get the price to drop somewhat. Who would have thought a forgotten and rare Lamborghini four-seater would turn up for sale on Craigslist?