The Lamborghini Espada was four-passenger GT built by the Italian automaker from 1968-1978. While some may consider its appearance ungainly, a 60-degree, 4.0-liter V12 fed by Weber carburetors generated 350 horsepower, enough to give the 3,600-pound two-door spirited performance when compared to its peers. Making the driving experience even more engaging was its standard rear-wheel drive, a slick five-speed manual gearbox and a lack of power steering (the automaker offered an automatic and power steering on later models).

Whether or not you are a fan of this unique four-seater or its era, this Evo magazine video of editor Harry Metcalfe touring France as he makes his way along the epic Route Napoléon (today, part of a 200-mile section of Route Nationale 85) is worthy of its 19-minute run time - if not for just the sound of the wailing twelve-cylinder engine.

The mountain portions are simply spectacular, and Metcalfe does his usual excellent job narrating as he joyfully coaxes the GT's narrow tires (205/70-15) around each corner, calling the Lamborghini a "four-wheel drift machine," but actually preferring its high-speed capabilities. We particularly enjoyed his fuel stop, explaining the odd top-off procedure, as well as his early morning pre-flight when he realized that the Lamborghini had been running on only 11 cylinders during the previous day's segment. Watch the joy in the journey below.


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      Michael D. Mitchell
      • 1 Year Ago
      This will always be one of my favorite Lamborghinis. There's simply no mistaking it for anything else, and that's one of the reasons I like it so much. I would much rather see a successor to the Espada in Lamborghini's lineup than an SUV.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boss
      eeenok
      • 1 Year Ago
      when your heater is a tap, it's hard for it to break down. i'd rather have that than any of the higher-tech but more-broken heating systems i've owned
      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      A clean example will always be on my short list of must have collector cars. They look even better in person!
      Mark1220
      • 1 Year Ago
      "She looks hideous" ".... yeah, well she's a Lamborghini Espada, sooooo" Ugly or not, that thing's cool.
      Mark_H
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought I might be the only one to chime in about how much I like these, glad to see that's not the case. Wonderful 70's (ok, late 60's) exuberance in the styling and it has actually worn well, IMO.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saw one opposite me on a curving back road near PA/NJ border. Awesome if not quite beautiful sight. It certainly has a presence!
      alan
      • 1 Year Ago
      How many times did it break down during the 1,000 miles?
        Michael Harley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @alan
        Who cares? Unexpected repairs are part of the passion of owning classic Italian cars. - Mike
          TopGun
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          You must not be an enthusiast Michael. Real enthusiasts have cars that never break-down, have excellent fuel consumption, have high quality interior materials, and dual-clutch transmissions that make it a cinch to master. Oh, and don't forget AWD too. :)
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          Also, if you know your car well, you typically knew/know where the weak links reside and prepared for it ahead of time.
          BryanGx
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Michael Harley
          Wow, I can honestly say I've never known anyone who's "passionate" about his or her car breaking down unexpectedly.
      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      i know it's classic so We All Have To Admire It Halleluya, but fck that, that thing is fugly as sin... the proportions are just wrong, especially the back hell no F. Lusso or M. Khamsin please
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ungainly? Huh? Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but nothing ungainly about it. Long, low and wide equals cool.
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      I couldn't love the Espada more if I had given birth to it.
      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 1 Year Ago
      harry rulez (so does the espada) !
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