Lamborghini Islero S: One of Ferruccio's Favorites
The Islero was more or less the last of the line that started with Lamborghini's very first car, the 350GT, in 1963. It featured a 4.0-liter version of the brilliant Giotto Bizzarrini-designed V-12 with six twin-choke Weber carbs and was tuned to 340 horsepower in "S" spec cars. Like the 400GT it replaced, it was also a luxuriously equipped GT car with air conditioning, power windows and a full leather interior. VIDEO: This Guys Jumped Over a Lamborghini Going 80MPH
Carrozzeria Touring of Milan had done Lamborghini coachwork in the past, but that legendary firm unfortunately went bust in 1966. Lamborghini then had to hire Mario Marazzi to do the new Islero. What he came up with a was a more contemporary-looking angular shape most easily identified by the small creases on top of the fenders and the pop-up headlights. It was supposedly one of Ferrucio Lamborghini's favorite designs.
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Lamborghini was still a very low volume manufacturer in its early days, so only 225 Isleros were built from 1968 to 1970, and only a precious 100 of those were genuine Lamborghini Islero S's. What those lucky few who own one get to enjoy is a gorgeous Italian grand tourer with comfortable seating for four, glorious V12 soundtrack and 160-mph top speed. All of it comes in one of the company's more exclusive models, which of course was named after a particularly tenacious fighting bull.
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