20th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 204

1972 Lamborghini Espada Series II
UK-supplied, right-hand-drive example in garage find condition

Sold for £27,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 728 JW
Chassis No: 8746
MOT: Exempt

  • UK-supplied, right-hand-drive example in 'garage find' condition
  • V12 Engine which turns over by hand
  • Offered for brave restoration or spares/repairs
  • Includes a valuable cherished number plate

Introduced at the 1968 Geneva Salon, the Lamborghini Espada was a true four-seater supercar. Styled by Marcello Gandini of Bertone, it was visually indebted to the carozzeria's previous 'Marzal' and 'Pirana' show cars. Although, the 'quad-cam' Bizzarini 3,929cc V12 was front-mounted and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, the Espada enjoyed near ideal front to rear weight distribution (52:48). At the 1970 Brussels Motor Show Lamborghini unveiled the Espada S2 (aka the '400 GTE Espada'), with the major external changes being the rear lights and deletion of the grille covering the vertical glass tail panel. Inside changes were more radical: an all-new dashboard, centre console and steering wheel were installed. The instrument binnacle was of a more conventional rectangular shape, with round gauges. Power output was increased to 350 hp (261 kW; 355 PS) due to a higher 10.7:1 compression ratio, and correspondingly, the brakes were upgraded to vented Girling discs instead of solid discs. CV joints were now used on the rear half-shafts. Just 575 Series II Espadas were made, with even fewer being right-hand drive.

Offered here is an opportunity to take custodianship of a rare right-hand drive Espada Series II. It would be down to the new owner whether it ends up as a parts car or a full restoration. Sadly the vehicle bodyshell and chassis have extensive rust issues and the rodents have had a field day on the interior, therefore a detailed physical inspection is highly recommended in order to establish if the current body can indeed be saved/restored. Nevertheless potentially an exciting opportunity to see another Espada back on the road. Originally a UK-supplied, right-hand-drive example it is in 'garage find' condition, with a the V12 Engine which turns over by hand. The vehicle is offered along with a cherished number plate, in itself, of potentially significant value.

For more information, please contact:
Roy Hitchman
07718 584216


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 9am
Additional viewing for lots 200-254 on Thursday 20th October 2022 from 9am

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