Lamborghini restores Espada and Islero for their 50th anniversary celebrations
Iconic Lambos will also go on a tour across central Italyby Kirby, on
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.
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.
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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