Italian style meets American muscle.

Eat your heart out Dr. Frankenstein, because this 1970 Lamborghini Espada is a true monster of a machine. Starting life as an Italian grand touring car, this Espada went under the knife of a madman who tore out its V12 heart and replaced with a V8 engine from a Chevrolet. Little is known about the American-made engine sitting under this Espada’s long hood, but the prominent scoop and derelict nature of the machine gives this Lamborghini a style that would look at home on the set of a Mad Max movie.

While the car looks a little worse for wear, it is said to run perfectly fine. That being said, this Espada appears to suffer from pepperings of surface rust on its underside, while a pair of torn front seats and a dashboard covered in cracks and pockmarked with exposed wires gives this Espada a wholly dilapidated look. Nonetheless, the body panels appear to be straight and the burgundy paint looks to be in generally good shape.

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The Espada entered production in 1968, and Lamborghini continued to make the model until 1978. With room for four and distinct low-slung styling, the Espada was a true sports car that was capable of reaching more than 150 mph (241 km/h) thanks to its mighty 3.9-liter V12 positioned ahead of the firewall.

Although Lamborghini purists will surely cringe at this unconventional Espada, we can’t help but have an affection for the Italian-American hybrid; even if its $49,500 asking price strikes us as rather steep for a mutt like this. 

Source: MotorGT/Gullwing Motor Cars