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
Front Mounted 60° V12
82mm x 62mm
Block & Heads
Light alloy with shrunk in Liners
Chain driven DOHC
2 per cylinder
Seven main bearings with 2 connecting rods per crank
Single ignition system by one distributor
6 Twin-throat Webers 40 DCOE 20-21 fed by an electric fuel pump
350bhp @ 7,500rpm
290 ftlbs @ 5,500rpm
Pressurized Cooling System
Vertical flow radiator and two thermostatically controlled electric fans
12 V - battery 72 Ah - alternators 2 x 770
5-speed + reverse, all-syncromesh
Single dry plate hydraulically operated
Final Drive Shafts
Constant velocity final drive shafts
Independent front & rear consisting of double transverse wishbones with coil springs, telescopic Koni dampers and anti-roll bars
ZF worm and screw
Girling ventilated discs on all four wheels operated by 2 vacuum servo-units with independent circuits to front and rear brakes