Lamborghini Marzal Concept Is 1960s’ Take On The Future

The Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder and Terzo Millennio may be the Italian brand’s show stealers at this year’s Geneva motoring event, but they’re not the only ones.

Originally presented by Lamborghini at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show, the Marzal Concept can be admired at the same event, 51 years later.

Designed by Nuccio Bertone and Marcello Gandini as a potential four-seater Lamborghini, the Marzal never really caught on. Its gullwing-style doors, made mostly from glass, weren’t to Ferruccio’s taste, as he believed that a woman’s legs shouldn’t be there for all to see.

However, that doesn’t mean that some of its features weren’t applied to some of Lambo’s next vehicles, including the Espada, which came out the following year with similar exterior and interior (dashboard) cues.

The Marzal show car uses a 2-liter inline-six engine for propulsion, which is basically half of the company’s 4-liter V12 unit of the era, found in the Miura. It works together with a five-speed manual transmission to feed 175 horses to the rear wheels.

Unlike most concepts, which tend to be locked away and forgotten, the Lamborghini Marval was actually driven publicly once. It was shortly after its Geneva presentation, during the Monaco Grand Prix, not as a racer, but as a pace car, by Prince Rainier of Monaco and his wife, Princess Grace.

The Marzal Concept is not resting in the Lamborghini Museum, as it was sold at auction in 2011, for $2 million, to a private collector.

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  • Bash

    Interesting, but I don’t know what they were thinking when decided to choose those foil like seat covers.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      Well how about this… Futurists of that era believed that by our present time, Space travel to the Moon & beyond (Mars) would be a relatively common thing, as easy and accessible as air travel is today. The silver interior was fashioned after Space suits worn by Astronauts in the early 60’s. Since the material to make the suits was ultra high tech and expensive, why wouldn’t Lamborghini use it for their Concept, themed for the coming Space age?

      • Bash

        I know that! I wasn’t looking for an answer anyway. lol

      • yefired2016

        But “space” doesn’t exist folks, research it because it’s water above a glass dome over the earth that makes the sky look blue! The sun and the moon are underneath the dome going in circles over this domed and flat terrarium we call earth…There are actual maps for the earth not to mention the U.N logo. Go research it before you ridicule the very earth you live in, not the CGI one.

  • fgclolz

    Does it also produce honey?

  • OdysseyTag
  • Some interesting fact about Marzal.

    Shortly after the car was sold in the Auction, the car is stuck at Italian customs because of paperwork (for those who had no idea, exporting car out from Italy is a very complicated and tiring process). And during those waiting time, the car is park in a port and it constantly get hit by water, by the time the car arrives in Switzerland (where the current owner lives). The car interior is filled with salt water. But as you can see they has restored it.

    And yeah the car is literally half a Miura engine, and depsite what you heard. Lamborghini never consider this into production and the car engine is actually underpowered and really slow.

    Also many people thought Princess Grace of Monaco owned it, while he and his husband merely just drive it as pace car. Reportedly Ferruccio drives the car by itself and park it Monaco Grand Casino and it attracts the King himself.

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