Lamborghini issued the first teaser photo of its upcoming supercar slated for a Paris Motor Show reveal yesterday. Enthralling, perhaps, but we thought we’d issue our own cryptic photos of Lamborghinis past and present for this week’s trivia game.
Think you know which Lamborghini is pictured in the teaser above? Send us your answer in the comments section below. We’ll let the bull run free tomorrow and give you another one to guess at.
MR2Piloti correctly identified yesterday’s Lamborghini as the 1967 Marzal Concept, which spawned the 1968 Espada.
The Marzal concept was designed by Marcello Gandini and manufactured by the Italian coachbuilder Bertone. The car was revealed at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show and was then trotted around the world and shown by either Bertone or Lamborghini at subsequent auto shows. It was intended to fill the four-seat grand tourer gap in Lamborghini’s lineup.
However, with the huge amount of glass on the show car (over 49 square feet of it) and large gullwings, Ferruccio Lamborghini found it too eccentric and couldn’t be convinced to produce the car. It remained a one-off for sometime, but Bertone liked the design so much he built several chassis to ensure it was stiff enough to handle all the glass. The Marzal’s crowning glory was later in 1967 when it was used to open the circuit for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Although it was based on a lengthened Miura platform, the Marzal used a different powertrain — more specifically half the Miura’s powertrain. It was powered by a split-in-half Miura V-12, leaving it with a 2.0-liter I-6 producing 175 horsepower. The engine was coupled to the Miura’s five-speed manual transmission.
Lamborghini might have refused to put the Marzal into production, but it did inspire a later four-seat GT car, the Espada, which was introduced in 1968. The Espada featured a four-seat layout like the Marzal, but with two conventional doors and a full Miura powertrain. It featured the full 4.0-liter V-12, but detuned to 325 horsepower from the Miura’s 350. It also came with the Miura’s five-speed manual transmission, but a four-speed automatic was added in 1974.