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A Lamborghini Espada that has had a flat battery since 1986 is going under the hammer at auction next month.

The term ‘barn find’ is thrown around a lot in car adverts these days, and is usually unwarranted, but on this occasion the term is truly fitting for this Series 2 Espada.

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This entirely unrestored example was purchased by its current owner back in 1972. It covered 31,607 miles up until 1986, when the car was parked up. When he returned not long after to start the car, the battery was flat. Rather than sort the car out, it was left and never used again.

Dry storage has reportedly left the car with little corrosion, too, and the leather interior is also said to be in “quite good order”. The rear photos do show half the number plate missing and a rear light taped up, making us question the condition of it underneath all the layers of dust.

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At the time, the Espada was added to the Lamborghini range as a four-seat grand tourer model to sit alongside the Miura and 400GT in the Italian manufacturer’s range. The covers were first pulled off the Espada at the Geneva Motor Show in 1968. The Series 2 model was on sale between 1970 and 1972, with just 575 models of these being made.

The rare V12 Lamborghini is being auctioned off by Historics at Brooklands on March 3, at the famous Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire . The auction house describe the car as a “superb investment”, with immaculate Series 2 Espada’s fetching up to £200,000 when in immaculate and unrestored condition.

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It therefore makes this example seem quite well-priced with its estimate set between £50,000 and £60,000.

Other star lots at the auction includes a 1954 Airstream caravan and a 1971 Porsche 911 2.4 S.

Ted Welford

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February 19, 2018

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