Jay Leno shows off his 1969 Lamborghini Espada

This week, Jay Leno welcomes to his popular web series one of the most iconic grand touring cars of the 1960s and 1970s: The Lamborghini Espada.

Notable for its outlandish shape that really ushered in a new era for wedge-styled supercars, the Espada may not be the quintessential Lamborghini, but, at the time, it was the most popular to ever emerge from Sant'Agata Bolognese. More than 1,200 were made, a figure not surpassed until the Lamborghini many still consider to be the ultimate expression of the brand: The Countach.

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The Espada that Jay Leno checks out isn't actually a guest vehicle. It came from his private collection. He bought it in 1986 and it was his only car and daily driver for several years. It is a 1969 model, meaning it was one of the first made, and it has been treated to a cosmetic restoration.

If you ever wondered what it takes to boost a somewhat neglected Lamborghini to driver-plus status, you'll find out. It doesn't appear to be for the faint of heart. Jay gives us a terrific glimpse into this particular Espada's past, and how that relates to its current condition. 

One thing that surprises us a bit is that the Espada has a modern radio in it, not a period-correct Becker unit like we would generally expect to see in a car worth upward of $100,000. Like other Leno cars, it also has a Vintage Air air conditioner and plenty of Dynamat. It's not completely stock, but it is a very livable car and we don't see Jay ever selling it.


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