Iconic Lambos will also go on a tour across central Italy

In a time when modern supercars are defined by how outlandish they can look, the Lamborghini Espada and Lamborghini Islero provide reminders that there once was a time when “sexy” didn’t always equate to having the most menacing-looking car in the business. The two Italian icons are still considered two of the finest Lamborghinis ever created, and as the two celebrate their golden jubilee, Lamborghini announced that it has successfully restored the Islero and the Espada that belong to the Lamborghini Museum.

Lamborghini restores Espada and Islero for their 50th anniversary celebrations
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Both the Espada and Islero are considered two of the most iconic Lambos ever

If you’re going to celebrate a model — or in this case, two models — that played important roles in your history, there’s no better way to do it than to restore the units that are displayed in your own museum. That’s exactly what Lamborghini did through Lamborghini Polo Storico, the in-house division that’s devoted to curating, maintaining, and in this case, restoring the brand’s historic models.

The Lamborghini Espada, in particular, holds a special place in the annals of the Italian automaker. It was the company’s first series production four-seater model, a precursor to the rumored GT model that Lambo is supposedly cooking up. Not only that, but the Espada also holds the distinction of having one of being one of the most produced units in the automaker’s history. In the course of 10 years, 1,226 Espadas were built, a testament to its popularity and prestige back in its heyday.

The Islero, on the other hand, wasn’t produced in the same quantity as the Espada. In fact, only 225 units were produced, 155 of which were created under the Islero name and 70 under the Islero S name. The model still stands to this day as one of the rarest Lamborghinis in history, a byproduct of having one of the shortest production runs of any Lambo on record. The anniversary tour will stretch across Italy’s Umbria region and will be made up of a convoy of collectors driving their cars for more than 400 miles along some of the most renowned roads in central Italy.

Lamborghini restores Espada and Islero for their 50th anniversary celebrations
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Restoring the models housed in the Lamborghini Museum is just one piece of that celebration as the two cars will also participate in a tour dedicated to them.

Both the Espada and Islero are considered two of the most iconic Lambos ever. That distinction is a big reason why the Italian automaker is rolling out the red carpet to celebrate their respective golden jubilees. Restoring the models housed in the Lamborghini Museum is just one piece of that celebration as the two cars will also participate in a tour dedicated to them.

The tour will take place from September 7 to 18, taking place in the city of Perugia before passing through Assisi, Tuscany, the Apennines, Mugello, and the legendary Futa and Raticosa Passes on its way to its final destination: Sant’Agata Bolognese, the home of the Italian automaker.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Automobili Lamborghini’s Espada and Islero models. To mark this momentous occasion, Lamborghini Polo Storico, the division devoted to the House of the Raging Bull’s historic cars, has completed the restoration of the Islero and the Espada that belong to the Lamborghini Museum and announced a tour dedicated to these two models, scheduled to take place in Italy, September 7-10, 2018.

The Espada was the first series production four-seater model in the history of Lamborghini. Of all the marque’s historic cars, it also boasts one of the highest numbers of units produced: 1,226 during its 10-year production run. The Espada’s characteristic lines are the fruit of a design by Marcello Gandini for Carrozzeria Bertone. It sits very low to the ground (standing at little less than 1.20 meters high) but is nevertheless extremely spacious.

The Espada was produced in 3 series: Series I (until January 1970), consisting of 176 units, Series II (until 1972), consisting of 578 units, and Series III, the last (until 1978), with 472 units. It was equipped with a longitudinal, front-mounted 4.0-liter (3,929 cc) V12 engine, with dual overhead camshafts, ranging from 325 to 350 CV, depending on the series and technical specs, and powered by 6 twin-barrel Weber carburetors, for a maximum speed of approximately 245 km/h. It was the first Lamborghini to be offered, on request, in a version with automatic transmission.

The Islero – whose official name was initially the Jslero – was produced from 1968 to 1970 in two versions: the Islero and, for 1969, the Islero S. The Islero was based on the 400 GT, but revised for larger tires and a wider wheel gauge. To top it off, its body was designed by Mario Marazzi of Carrozzeria Marazzi. It was equipped with a longitudinal, front-mounted 4.0-liter (3,929 cc) V12 engine with dual overhead 320 CV (350 CV on the S) camshafts per cylinder bank, and powered by 6 twin-barrel Weber carburetors, for a maximum speed of approximately 250 km/h (260 km/h for the S version). It is a very rare model. Only 225 units were produced: 155 under the name Islero and 70 with the name Islero S.

The 50th anniversary celebrations of the Espada and the Islero will culminate with a tour in Umbria (September 7-11, 2018), organized by Polo Storico Lamborghini. The schedule, which sees collectors driving their cars for more than 650 kilometers along some of the most renowned roads in central Italy, features the city of Perugia as the center of activities for the tour’s first days. From there, the cars will pass through and pay visit to the city’s cathedral and museums (including the chocolate museum), in addition to the region’s most important local wineries.

On Sunday, the tour continues to Assisi, then travels on to Tuscany, for an overnight stay in the Chianti area. On Monday, the ‘convoy’ will cross the Apennines, travel through the Mugello, then journey over the legendary Futa and Raticosa Passes to arrive in Sant’Agata Bolognese, the home of Automobili Lamborghini. Here, participants will visit both the factory where modern super sports cars are made, including the latest model, the Urus, and the headquarters of Lamborghini Polo Storico.

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