Lamborghini Restores Classic Islero And Espada In Time For Their 50th Anniversary

Lamborghini has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Espada and Islero by restoring two models owned by the Lamborghini Museum.

The restoration work was completed by Lamborghini Polo Storico, but the company was surprising coy on details. Despite this, both cars look brand new and the Islero has been painted a lovely shade of green.

Speaking of the Islero, it’s a little known model that was produced between 1968 and 1970. Only 225 units were built and a vast majority of them were entry-level variants equipped with a front-mounted 4.0-liter V12 engine that produced 315 hp (235 kW / 320 PS). This enabled the car to hit a top speed of approximately 155 mph (250 km/h).

Lamborghini also offered an Islero S which featured an upgraded engine developing 345 hp (257 kW / 350 PS). Only 70 units were built and they could top out at around 161 mph (260 km/h).



The Espada, on the other hand, is more widely known as the company built 1,226 units over the course of its 10-year production run. Besides being one of the more popular early Lamborghini models, the Espada was the company’s first four-seater as well as the first to be offered with an automatic transmission.

Despite these creature comforts, the Espada had a 4.0-liter V12 engine with dual overhead camshafts and six twin-barrel Weber carburetors. The engine’s output varied by series, but the car had between 320 hp (239 kW / 325 PS) and 345 hp (257 kW / 350 PS).

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the cars will take part in a classic vehicle tour through central Italy. The tour will span more than 403 miles (650 km) and include stops in cities such as Tuscany and Sant’Agata Bolognese.


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  • Six_Tymes


  • Love the Islero, it’s what original Lamborghini is all about.

    • Mill0048

      It’s amazing!


  • fabri99

    The Islero is such an elegant car. All original Lambos were. It’s as if Lamborghini went through the seventies and never really grew out of that… Not that I dislike 1970s, sharp-edged supercars, I just think it’s weird how other car makers totally did away with that and got back to the elegance of the 60s (just look at Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati) or at least evolved, whereas Lamborghini never did (design-wise, of course).

    • Tbh 70s is when the Mimran brothers took over, otherwise Feruccio can keep making elegant GT, and for me that’s what Lamborghini is all about.

  • Gunnar Binder

    The green (“Verde Palido Metallizzato”) Islero wasn’t restored by Lamborghini. It is our car and we borrowed it to Lamborghini for the “Techno Classica” — an oldtimer show in Germany.
    Btw: It is for sale, contact me if interested…

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