GTS gather for birthday tour
When Lamborghini has an anniversary to mark, it does so in serious style, and because the Espada and Islero both hit their half-centuries this year, Lamborghini Polo Storico – the marque’s in-house restoration and certification arm – organised a near-800km (500-mile) tour to celebrate.
Starting in Perugia on 7 September, 20 Isleros and Espadas followed a picturesque route crisscrossing the Italian countryside, taking in the regions of Umbria, Tuscany and Emilia-romagna.
Two of the cars – a Blu Notte Espada Series 3 and a stunning Rosso Amaranto Islero – were from Lamborghini’s museum, the rest coming from enthusiasts.
At the end of the tour, some of the privately owned Lambos received special mention from Chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali, including a 1973 Espada that scooped an award for being the car owned the longest by a single keeper. This British-owned S3 was bought in January 1977 and used as a daily driver, and has since been restored and registered for the tour to mark its owners’ golden wedding anniversary.
A 1968 Islero S that belongs to an English collector was also singled out for recognition as being ‘most faithful’ to Sant’agata Bolognese, because it’s driven to Italy every year to be serviced.
The prize given to the car that had come the furthest to join the event went to a super-rare Espada Series 2 – one of just 12 produced in VIP spec – from Oslo, a trip of some 6000km (c3700 miles).
In all, 20 cars joined this evocative anniversary meander through the marque’s homeland
Islero and Espada S3 from factory museum
Owners brought cars from across Europe