The evolution of the first Lamborghini model the 350 GT, later to become the 400 GT and 400 GT 2+2, the Islero was intended to continue the classic linage. The design was personally overseen by Mr. Lamborghini himself with the objective to be the 'gentleman's or business' man's car. Fully equipped with all the luxury amenities of the day, full leather interior, power assist windows and steering, the same now and forever famous Lamborghini V12 was mated to state of the art 5 speed transmission. In addition, in keeping with this luxury flair, the car also came with air conditioning.
As with all Lamborghini models following the first series, the Islero is named after a famous fighting bull. 'Islero' the bull, killed the famous matador Manuel Rodriquez in August of 1947. Although a bit overshadowed by the Miura which was introduced at the same time, the more humble of the two siblings could still stand tall with many luxury accouterments and performance to match anything on the road. Six Weber carburetors feed the 350 horsepower V12 engine with a top speed claimed to be 150 miles per hour.
This particular car is well know among Lamborghini enthusiasts having been showcased in several publications including the Consumer Guide hardbound, large format book 'Lamborghini'. Having been coveted by a close knit group of fellow cognoscenti, this Islero has been well maintained, has benefited from a recent tune and is now read for touring enjoyment.
Source - Russo & Steele
In 1968, the Islero was introduced to the public at the Geneva Auto Show. It featured hidden headlamps and a square body. The bodywork for the vehicle was handled by Mario Marazzi, Ferruccio Lamborghini's former Touring employee.
The Islero retained the inner structure, wheelbase, and square tube chassis of the 400 GT 2+2. Larger wheels were used and this meant the front and rear track increased in size.
It was not as aggressive as the Espada or Miura, but it did offer luxurious benefits such as air conditioning and larger interior. Only 17 Islero's were fitted with Borrani wire wheels.
The Islero was not intended for the track. However, in 1975, Paul Rilly entered a modified Islero in the grueling 24 Hours of Le-Mans. It failed to qualify.
During its production run which lasted only one year, only 125 examples were produced. An S version followed in 1969. This to was short lived, lasting only a year and only 100 being produced. Following the Islero series came the Lamborghini Jarama.
The Islero S contained mechanical and aesthetic enhances over its predecessor. With 350 horsepower available, the vehicle could go from zero-to-sixty in 6.2 seconds and had a top speed exceeding 160 miles-per-hour.
Both the interior and exterior of the Islero received updates. A glove box was replaced by a grab handle. Driver and passenger side windows received fixed triangular planes. The dash was redesigned. The rear window was now electrically heated. New seats replaced the old style. For the exterior, a engine cooling vent was placed in front of each door. The wheel-arches received flaring and an air-intake was mounted on the hood.
|1969 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT|
|Model||Islero 400 GT|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel|
|Body Material||Separate body on tubular steel chassis|
|Production Years for Series||1968 - 1970|
|Weight||2640 lbs | 1197.5 kg|
|Introduced At||1968 Geneva|
|Chassis / Engine Numbers Shown|
|Top Speed||140 mph | 225.3 km/h Similar top speeds|
|Solid valve lifters|
|Displacement||3929.00 cc | 239.8 cu in. | 3.9 L.|
|Horsepower||320.00 BHP (235.5 KW) @ 6500.00 RPM|
|Torque||278.00 Ft-Lbs (377 NM) @ 5000.00 RPM|
|HP to Weight Ratio||8.3 LB / HP (Vehicles with similar ratio)|
|HP / Liter||82.1 BHP / Liter|
|Fuel Type||Gasoline - Petrol|
|Vehicles with similar horsepower and weight|
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