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1972 Lamborghini Espada Series II – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you were shocked when Lamborghini unveiled a four-door in the form of the Estoque concept at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, then you know how enthusiasts must have felt when the Raging Bull took the wraps off the Espada in 1968. A four-seat Lambo? Shocking! But that's what they did, and the Espada entered into the history books.

Powered by Lambo's trusty 3.9-liter V12 that already appeared in the 350GT, 400GT and Miura, the Espada was the first Lambo to be offered with an automatic. In fact, it was the first automatic transmission – all two speeds of it – capable of handling that much power, and came on offer with the 1974 model. This model, however, was made in '72 – making it one of the last Series II models made before the Series III came along – and is equipped with a five-speed manual, along with four-wheel disc brakes and a fully independent suspension: cutting edge stuff for its time.

It's tan, it's had one owner, and from the looks of things, it's been kept in meticulous condition. The car's up for grabs on eBay by Lamborghini Houston. Bidding at the time of writing is up to a modest $20,200 and the reserve price hasn't been met yet, so if this is your idea of automotive heaven, stop on by and check it out.

[Source: eBay Motors]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      So this was the answer from Lamborghini to the Citroen SM?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not a big fan of high-end four seater cars but this is excellent. i don't know what's cooler- this and Lambo's LM002 SUV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow! What a fright-pig! Lots 'o bubbles in the paint, what looks to be bondo in the rockers. Did they REALLY paint over the 'Lamboghini' script on the rear panel? Tired interior. The previously mentioned crap-tastic speakers and latch-hook rug in the back. On the bright side, the engine was rebuilt only 5 thousand miles ago... but do you really WANT a car that NEEDED a full rebuild @ 37k miles?

      But hey, at least it was "Fully inspected both mechanically and cosmetically." This doesn't mean they actually FIXED anything of course... but it was "fully inspected."

      I actually kinda like the Espada... but at a glance; I'd have to say: run fast and run far.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that thing is gonna cost $20k to tune up -
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just now told my officemate that there's a Lamborghini on eBay, and that the current bid is a bit over $20,000 (reserve not met).

      I had a side shot on my screen, but covered with my arm when I told her all this.

      As soon as I did a sweet reveal, she said, "What the heck? That thing looks like a Pinto."

      Hmmm... can I retract a bid for $45,000? Trying to *unsend*...
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys need to take classes in Lambo history... the Espada wasn't the first 4-seat Lambo, though it was arguably the first with adult-sized back seats.

      Some of the very first Lamborghinis -- the 350GT -- had 3 seats... 2 in front, 1 in back. Its successor, the 400GT, was mostly built as a 2+2. The Islero, which debuted at the same time as the Espada, was also a 2+2. At the time, the Miura was the car that was seen as atypical of Lamborghini, not that anyone (except maybe Ferrari) viewed that as a bad thing...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I heart Espadas... I'm not sure why. They aren't exactly pretty...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's very funny that you posted this car today--it's all I could think about when I first saw the AM Rapide. I know they share very little similarities, but the basic shape is evocative of the Espada, IMO. I've always wanted one of these--this looks like a fun driver or a great restoration project!
      • 5 Years Ago
      TAN? why oh why?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car would be perfect for those wanting to enter something like the Cannonball or Bull Run and doesn't have the budget for a modern exotic. Seventies style pimpin' baby!

      Of course keeping it reliably running could be a problem...but with all that extra room you ditch the friends/camera crew and bring plenty of spare parts!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure why but I've always loved this and the Uracco ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lambo_Uracco_UK.JPG ). Still not sure why but I just do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with her displeasure

      although I don't think it looks like a Punto it's just not attractive in any way
      just let the thing die
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