Lamborghini has its roots in front-engine GT cars — but they are consistently some of the least-loved V12 Italian exotics in history.
One look at the profile of this long 1970s timecapsule does most of the explaining — it is ungainly and alarmingly awkward in its proportions. This might have to do with its supercar designers — Marcello Gandini and Bertone were more well-versed in mid-engine hypercar wedges than they were in practical, roomy cruisers.
The Espada III is the best of the line, with these models packing air conditioning and wood-rimmed cabin details, but not the jumbo bumpers that were rolled out for 1974.
The most notable element of this nightclub hero is in the back seat, where there is remarkable legroom and space to stretch out.
But the V12 up front and the badges throughout are the real deal, firing up the Espada to impressive speeds on the autostrada. In motion and passing humbler cars at 140-mph is actually the best angle for the Espada.
Gooding & Co.
Amelia Island 2015
1973 Lamborghini Espada Series III
Coachwork by Bertone
Estimate: $120,000 – $160,000 | Without Reserve