1968 Lamborghini Espada

400 GT SI
€173,000 ($209,780)
Sale Price
€180,000 ($218,268) - €220,000 ($266,772)
Est. Range
13 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Recent restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 7051; Engine no. 2445. Blue over red leather. 3929/325hp, six Webers, 5-speed, Borrani wire wheels, Michelin X tires, woodrim steering wheel, wood shift knob, power windows, air conditioning, dual mirrors, Jaeger gauges and dash clock.

Evaluation: Very early Espada, sold new in Italy. Represented with the original engine and with a full restoration a few years and 200 km ago, certified by Lamborghini Polo Storica. The chrome looks a little tired but the paint is mostly excellent aside from a small chip behind the passenger’s door. Some light scratching on the rear and side glass. Excellent fully restored interior with new leather showing absolutely no wear. Fully restored underneath. An almost like new Espada, but not quite.

Bottom Line: This car hammered not sold at Artcurial Retromobile last year at a €190,000 ($208,050) high bid. That was a generous amount and so was this one. The consignor took the hint after it was bid to a reported €165,000 on the virtual block and let it go at this negotiated price.

by Andrew Newton
24 February 2021
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Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
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Parts car.
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