Something for the weekend – the Lamborghini Espada

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Something for the weekend – the Lamborghini Espada
The problem with being a car enthusiast is one car just never seems enough. We ‘need’ a car to go fast, to carry stuff, to cruise happily on the motorway, and pootle easily through town. It should sound good, look great and have enough space to swallow the family.
The difficulty is the people around us, the ones who control the purse strings, see a family fleet quite differently. To them it’s a suck on resources, a frivolous waste of money – an opportunity to make your life a misery.
What you need is one car that does all of the above. What you need is a Lamborghini Espada.
Potentially the first hurdle (and it’s a big one) will be price. The cheap Espada – if it was ever a good idea – is now the stuff of fiction, meaning plus £50k cars are in a plentifully supply. But a one-car fleet’s an economy, right?
Of course, and with in mind we spotted this 1970 (http://pistonheads.com/sales/3691033.htm) example. It was subject to a full restoration in the late 90s, which included the interior and, crucially, the quad-cam V12 engine. It also comes complete with Campagnolo magnesium Miura wheels and a plexiglass roof that mirrors the Marzal concept car by Bertone. It comes in at a sniff under £50k
Spend a little more, though, and from the same dealer you could end up with this (http://pistonheads.com/sales/4175151.htm). The dealer calls it ‘exceptionally original and correct’ and in its Verde Chiaro finish we’re inclined to agree. It’s covered less than 60,000 miles, too, and comes with a new stainless steel exhaust, rebuilt carburetors and an overhauled ignition system.
Meanwhile, the classifieds of C&SC throw up a car that could be worth a punt(http://www.classicandsportscar.com/classiccarsforsale/lamborghini-espada...), yes its got some front-end damage (it’s hard to tell how much from the pictures), but its POA status could mean there’s a bargain to be had.
It is best to tread carefully though and to guide you through the potential pitfalls of buying a 70s supercar download our free and printable guide here. It could be the key to a quiet and easy one-car life, but what a car to do it with.

The problem with being a car enthusiast is one car just never seems enough. We ‘need’ a car to go fast, to cruise happily on the motorway and to not overheat in town. It should sound good, look great and have enough space to squeeze in the family.

The difficulty is the people around us, the ones who control the purse strings, they see a family fleet quite differently. To them it’s a suck on resources, a frivolous waste of money – an opportunity to make your life a misery.

What you need is one car that can make a decent fist at all of the above. What you need is a Lamborghini Espada.

Potentially the first hurdle (and it’s a big one) will be price. The cheap Espada – if it was ever a good idea – is now the stuff of fiction, meaning plus £50k cars are in a plentifully supply. But a one-car fleet’s an economy, right?

Of course it is, and with this in mind we spotted this example (above). It was subject to a full restoration in the late 90s, which included the interior and, crucially, the quad-cam V12 engine. It also comes complete with Campagnolo magnesium Miura wheels and a plexiglass roof that mirrors the Marzal concept car by Bertone. It comes in at a sniff under £50k.

Spend a little more, though, and from the same dealer you could end up with this (main pic). The dealer calls it ‘exceptionally original and correct’ and in its Verde Chiaro finish we’re inclined to agree. It’s covered less than 60,000 miles, too, and comes with a new stainless steel exhaust, rebuilt carburettor and an overhauled ignition system.

Meanwhile, the classifieds of C&SC throw up a car that could be worth a punt (below), yes it's got some front-end damage (it’s hard to tell how much from the pictures), but its POA status could mean there’s a bargain to be had.

It is best to tread carefully, though, and to guide you through the potential pitfalls of buying a 70s supercar download our free and printable guide here. It could be the key to a quiet and easy one-car life, but what a car to do it with.

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