As it’s often the case with classic car get-togethers, Lamborghini brought an example of the Series III Espada (1976) and rarest of Islero models, as in the one with the S suffix. The Espada in question is undergoing a complete restoration by the Polo Storico division, with the grand finale anticipated for May 2018. Once restored to original specification, the automaker plans to preserve the car on display at the Lamborghini Museum.
Manufactured from 1968 to 1978, production of the Espada totals under 1,300 examples. In addition to the Italian flair and supercar-like performance coming courtesy of a 3.9-liter V12 shared with the Miura, the bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful grand tourer also happens to be on the affordable side of classic cars.
The Islero, which uses the same engine and can also seat four, is a much rarer breed. From 1968 to 1969, Lamborghini manufactured in the ballpark of 225 examples. The Islero S is the most precious of them all, with 70 units produced, all packing 350 rampaging ponies. In addition to the performance, the S features a more luxurious interior, befitting of a GT designed to be driven hastily on the long haul.
In case anyone who owns a classic Lamborghini is reading this, the Polo Storico department is much obliged to help bring your baby back in shape with original parts and the utmost attention to detail. There’s only one condition that needs mentioning. And that is, the car has to be out of production for at least ten years (350 GT to Diablo) for the Italian automaker to accept the restoration project.
Instead of an ending note, don’t you find it curious that Lamborghini stopped offering GT cars after the Jarama went out of production in 1976? There’s a lot of hearsay on forums and in the media about the Estoque Concept going in production in 2021 or something, which would be magnificent if it would happen. When you think about it, a super-sedan bridges the gap nicely between the Huracan and Urus, with the Aventador keeping its status as the range-topping Lamborghini.
With the Volkswagen Group’s help, the improbable could happen at some point in the future. The Porsche Panamera’s MSB platform, the Mission E’s J1, the PPE co-developed with Audi, whichever way you look at it, the building block is right under Lamborghini’s nose.