Essentially a re-bodied version of the 350GT and 400GT, the Islero was Lamborghini’s third ever model and the first to be named after a bull. You can imagine that with only 125 units built of the regular Islero and another 100 units of the Islero S, it is among not only the rarest Lamborghinis, but among the rarest of any car ever built. One Islero was snatched by none other than comedian and TV personality Adam Carolla, who was recently invited by Jay Leno to have his car reviewed by the former host of the Tonight Show.
Designed by Giotto Bizzarrini to be better than Ferrari’s V-12 at the time, the twelve-cylinder powering the Islero featured a displacement of 3.9 liters, developing 325 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. While the car was essentially a Gran Tourer, its more than ample amount of power gave it a naught to 62 mph acceleration time of just 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 154 mph, more than enough to embarrass plenty of supercars from the era.
Adam Carolla’s Islero doesn’t sport its original color and has some minor improvements, like the custom-made Lamborghini luggage compartment in place of the cramped rear seats, but other than that, it looks and sounds just like it did when it left the factory back in 1968. As you can imagine, the video above is a great watch, especially as the throaty, carbureted, V-12 sound is simply amazing and obviously unrepeatable in writing.