• Mar 27, 2011
Burned 1974 Lamborghini Espada – Click above to watch video after the jump

A man in Bloomfield Township, Michigan was trying to start his 1974 Lamborghini Espada when the car caught fire in the garage of a house he had just sold. Thankfully the man was unhurt and was able to get his mother and dog out of the house before the fire gutted the lower level and garage.

The new owner had closed on the house a week earlier. Firefighters said the first floor of the house was a total loss and the second story sustained heavy smoke damage. The classic Lambo was toast. Nobody's sure what exactly caused the car to ignite, but we'd guess carburetors and notoriously faulty electronics have something to do with it. You can watch news coverage of the Lambo inferno after the jump.

[Source: Detroit Action News]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      1. Save car
      2. Save dog
      3. Save anyone or anything else
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually, I'd have trailered the car to the driveway of my nearest fire station, then tried starting it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, if the source of the fire due to number one, good luck with that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sucks to be the new house owner.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The lady was struggling to pronounce Lamborghini there for a second... AND they misspelled it.

      How embarrassing
        • 3 Years Ago
        Val Clark has ALWAYS had a weird way of pronouncing, well, everything.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Food for thought:

      I'm not a Lambo expert, but I'm guessing that '74 model had a (or more than one) carburetor. Since he couldn't get it to turn over, he probably shot some starting fluid (aka ETHER) into said carburetor(s). He used too much, there was some sort of backflash aaaaand BOOM (literally), Italian toast.

      Another Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor mystery solved.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My sympathies to all involved (including the insurance companies)
      and I'm dlad no one was hurt. Only good thing is that now there is one
      less of those fugly Espadas around.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on, lets think this through.
      You have an Espada, you have it stored in the garage, in Michigan. You sell the house you need to move the Espada. For some reason your buyer agrees to close before you have everything out (ie Espada). You go to get your car which has not moved since last fall (at least) it being Michigan I doubt you have been driving it. You did not use Sta-bil. You try to start your car with 6 Webers, it fails either do to lack of proper storage technique or the carbs drying out. You are impatient so you use starting fluid or more than likely dump a little gas down those 6 Webers. The car back fires and ignites the rich fuel mixture you panic and instead of continuing to crank sucking the flames into the cylinders you panic jump out and ... The car was not running so you didn't have the chance to back it out of the garage. You run in and save the family.

      Big rule I never start my collector cars by myself the first time every year for this reason. I also own a big fire extinguisher.
        • 3 Years Ago
        At last someone gets it. They often also have oiled foam air filters sitting on top of those big weber carbies. A good enough spit back through the carbie may have the oiled foam catch fire. The trick apparantly is to just open those throttles up in an attempt to "blow" the fire out by sucking it into the engine.

        Going by some of the comments, Autoblog should have people signing up to make them pass an aptitude test.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know if I should cry or laugh.
      • 3 Years Ago
      call the chinese, they'll smash these cars for free, sorry you had to pay $300,000 in 1970s value.
      Pug_Power
      • 3 Years Ago
      Note that they misspelled Lamborghini as Lamborgini. Insult to injury eh?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow I saw this car driving down I75 by exit 69 a few Sundays ago. It was white. I have a picture of it somewhere on my phone.

      Im sure it was this car. I mean how many Lamborghini Espadas could there be in the metro Detroit area?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sadly, one of the reasons why no one will even attempt to restore this car is that it's probably one of the least expensive Lambo's you can buy. These things often go for under 40k, sometimes even lower.

      Alright, lower your heads, a moment of silence please everyone.... Enzo! Dino! Stop giggling! This is not the time!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is either a case of insurance fraud or TYPICAL FERRARI RELIABILITY.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lamborghini. Ferrari.
        All those lamborghattis are the same.
        Bunch of sissy import cars.
        I bet you guys have never heard of an American car blowing up.

        (is joke)
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