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Lamborghini Espada S3 | Registry
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Espada S3 - 472 Made December 1972 to 1978

The Series III Espada was introduced at the 1973 Turin show and can be recognised by a mildly restyled nose and taillights. The ZF power steering system was improved and air conditioning became standard equipment. Spring and shock rates were altered and brake power was increased.

The most obvious visual difference was once again found in the dash area. This now wraped around the driver and the centre console became more upright at the front. A sunroof became optional as did a Chrysler TorqueFlite automatic tranmission. 55 Espadas were built with this automatic, 5 of which were RHDs.

In order to meet US emission standards, a smog pump was developed that would cut out at high revs leaving maximum power output unaffected. Special carburators and ignition settings rounded out the system.

Five mph impact bumpers were added to the front and rear to meet US safety requirements. These later became standard equipment on all Espadas in 1976.

121 factory RHD cars were built.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Lamborghini Espada Series III


ENGINE
TypeFront Mounted 60 V12
Bore/Stroke82mm x 62mm
Capacity3,929cc
Block & HeadsLight alloy with shrunk in Liners
DistributionChain driven DOHC
Valves2 per cylinder
CrankshaftSeven main bearings with 2 connecting rods per crank
IgnitionSingle ignition system by one distributor
Carburation6 Twin-throat Webers 40 DCOE 20-21 fed by an electric fuel pump
Max Power350bhp @ 7,500rpm
Max Torque290 ftlbs @ 5,500rpm
Compression10.7:1
Pressurized Cooling SystemVertical flow radiator and two thermostatically controlled electric fans
Electrical System12 V - battery 72 Ah - alternators 2 x 770

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox5-speed + reverse, all-syncromesh
ClutchSingle dry plate hydraulically operated
Final Drive ShaftsConstant velocity final drive shafts

STRUCTURE
ChassisIntegral Chassis/body
BodySteel
BuilderBertone
SuspensionIndependent front & rear consisting of double transverse wishbones with coil springs, telescopic Koni dampers and anti-roll bars
Axle Ratio11/45
SteeringZF worm and screw
BrakesGirling ventilated discs on all four wheels operated by 2 vacuum servo-units with independent circuits to front and rear brakes
WheelsCampagnolo cast magnesium alloy wheels 7Jj x 15"
TiresPirelli 215-70 VR 15 Cinturato HS CN 12
WindshieldLaminated
GlassTinted
Rear WindowElecetrically heated
HeadlightsTwin Halogen

INTERIOR
UpholsteryLeather with safety padding
WindowsElecetrically operated lifts
AirFull air conditioning

MEASUREMENTS
Overall Length4738 mm / 186.5 in
Overall Width1860 mm / 73.4 in
Overall Height1185 mm / 46.6 in
Wheelbase2650 mm / 104.3 in
Front Track1490 mm / 58.6 in
Rear Track1490 mm / 58.6 in
Weight1635 kg / 3605 lb
Fuel Tank93 L / 24 gal
Fuel Consumption16-18 litres per 100 Kms
Trunk Capacity20 cu.ft.

PERFORMANCE
Top speed250 km/h / 155 mph
Standing Km26 sec.

ESPADA S3 REGISTRY

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