Green Lamborghini Islero S 400 GT from 1969. Design by Mario Marazzi
Motor: V12, 350 HP
Max. speed: 260 km/h
Production dates: 1968-1969
Only 225 copies made
The Lamborghini Islero is a grand tourer produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini between 1968 and 1969. It was the replacement for the 400 GT and featured the Lamborghini V12 engine. The car debuted at the 1968 Geneva Auto Show.
The Islero was introduced at the 1968 Geneva Auto Show alongside the Lamborghini Espada. While both automobiles featured a 2+2 coupé body style, the Islero was intended to be a more visually conservative alternative to the then-radical Espada, in keeping with the traditional style of the earlier 400 GT. The car’s namesake, Islero, was a Miura bull that killed matador Manuel Rodriguez “Manolete” on August 28, 1947. Lamborghini also produced a car named the Miura, from 1966 to 1973, while the Murcielago was named after another famous individual Miura bull.
Carrozzeria Marazzi was chosen to construct the Islero’s body. This firm was chosen as it was founded by Carlo Marazzi, a former employee of the now-bankrupt Carrozzeria Touring. Touring had previously produced bodies for the 350 GT and 400 GT.