Lamborghini Polo Storico went back in history taking the Lamborghini Marzal to Monte Carlo for the 2018 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. The one-off unit was made in 1967 and recently, more than 50 years later, it was once again opening the qualifiers and races of 1966-1972 Formula 1 vehicles at this celebrated event, driven by Prince Albert II of Monaco with his nephew Andrea Casiraghi.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Espada, there was also an Espada model (chassis #9090) which has just been restored at the Polo Storico workshop in Italy.
In 1967, Lamborghini took the Marzal to Monte Carlo show off at that year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix. The 4-seater GT was an extraordinary futuristic prototype made by Bertone. It had glazed gullwing doors offering an almost unimpeded view of the interior, with silver leather upholstery and a rear transverse engine.
The Marzal grabbed lots of attention and Rainier III, Prince of Monaco was so impressed that he decided it was the car for his lap of honour immediately before the start of the Grand Prix, with his wife, Princess Grace, at his side.
One year later, in 1968, the Marzal concept became a production model called the Espada. It would go on to become one of Lamborghini’s most successful historic cars and one of the first series-produced4-seater GTs, complete with space for luggage.
Eventually, the Marzal was relegated to the shadows, as often happens with show prototypes. Only recently has it been restored to its ancient splendour and perfect mechanical performance. The laps of honour during the prelude to the Monaco GP were its first public outing since 1967, when the engine was again fired up.
At its side was the 1976 Lamborghini Espada, making its public debut after just being. A car with an unusual history, it has always remained the property of Lamborghini, and was used for several type-approval tests for the American market and for development.
The restoration project included the mechanicals and electrics as well as bodywork and the interior (it still has the original upholstery) and took 10 months. Only original Lamborghini spare parts were used and the work was carried out according to the specifications on the production file in the company’s archives.
This year’s festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Espada and Isleton, also designed in 1968, will culminate with a rally in Umbria planned for September 2018 and organized by Lamborghini exclusively for the owners of these two models.