The success of the model Miura inspired Ferruccio Lamborghini, and he decided to create a new model - for not the richest buyers. At that time, Grand Touring cars became very popular. The new four-seater model was named Espada - in translation into Russian - “the blade of the matador”. Debut took place at the Geneva Motor Show in 1967. The first prototype of this car had a draft gullwing door, but for mass production the doors were changed. The model went into mass production in 1968.
The design of the car was developed by Giorgetto Giugiaro (Giorgetto Giugiaro, Italdesign-Giugiaro SpA). The wheelbase has been increased by 10 cm compared with previous models of Lamborghini, which, together with the engine movement, has increased the length of the cabin by 20 cm. As a result, the Espada 400 GT became the most spacious Lamborghini at the turn of the 60s and 70s .
In early January 1970, a slightly modified Espada was presented at the Brussels Auto Show, introduced as the Espada 400 GTE, but better known as the second Espada series. Changes affected the engine and interior. The dashboard has been completely redesigned. There was a lock near the compartment for small luggage, the steering wheel was redesigned, the rear passengers received additional ventilation and a small flashlight. Big changes were made under the hood. The engine was installed on Miura and Islero S, with a capacity of 350 hp. at 7500 rpm.
New ventilated disc brakes and high power helped to make the control as sensitive as possible. During the production of the second series, the model almost did not change, however, the wheels from the Miura gave way to a new one with five bolts. The second series Espada, like the first, was produced for two years, during which time almost 575 cars were sold.
The Espada III model was shown in 1972 at the Turin Motor Show. It differed from its predecessors in the interior and fine details of the exterior. Changes have been made to the grille and taillights. The dashboard has now been turned to the driver. The center console has acquired a more vertical slope. Time dictated the need for a complete set of cars with air conditioning, power steering and, sometimes, hatches in the roof. Under the body structure rear suspension arms have been changed. Disc brakes have been upgraded.
Under the hood were placed two alternators. Since 1974, it was possible to order an automatic transmission Chrysler. Since 1976, they began to install black bumpers, focusing primarily on the American market. The car became one of the most popular in the history of the company, its release lasted until 1978.