The Lamborghini Espada was unveiled at the 1968 Geneva Auto Show, after company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini had demanded that the faithful Marcello Gandini of Bertone design actual four-seaters in order to expand his lineup of sports cars. During its ten-year production, the Espada received several modifications. While the engine and the interior were changed with each series, the design of the bodywork remained almost untouched. There just was no need for big redesigns since the Espada was a real eye-catcher right from the start. Thanks to its large passenger compartment, the spacious trunk, and the strong V12 engine, the Espada was the embodiment of the Italian Gran Turismo, a luxurious car for grand tours.
The engine was enhanced time after time and, according to the versions, the Espada could effortlessly reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h.
With a total number of 1,227 units, the Espada became Lamborghini's bestseller from 1968 to 1978.