All car companies need to keep the lights on and pay the bills, and selling exclusively two-seater supercars is not something that works for everyone. In the late 60s, Lamborghini decided that the market was ripe for a four-seater with real power under the hood; the result was the 1968 Lamborghini Espada. Its design was inspired from the Marzal show car; it featured a very high waist and abruptly cut-off tail, a long low hood and sweeping windshield. While its design wasn’t to everyone’s taste, no one could doubt its abilities. It was the fastest four-seater in the world when it was introduced, and was soon available with such luxuries as power steering (not a luxury in such a big car) and a three-speed automatic transmission.
The Espada was powered by Lamborghini’s now-famous quadruple-camshafts V12, which originally developed 325 horsepower, but with subsequent tweaking, was augmented to 365 horsepower. Top speed was 155 miles per hour, and 0-60 acceleration, 7.8 seconds, quite an impressive figure for such a large car. Contrary to most other four-seaters, the Espada offered a true sports car ride, albeit a bit softer, with none of the roll normally associated with large, more comfortable cars.
The Espada was also fitted with four-wheel disc brakes, as deserves its supercar, or at least ‘dream’ car status. The 1968 Lamborghini Espada was produced uninterruptedly until 1978, and was one of Lamborghini’s best-selling cars. It’s easy to see why.