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something different: Lamborghini Espada with a Chevy V8.

A while ago, my friend Bradley and I took a trip to Gullwing Motors and saw a green Lamborghini Espada parked outside within a chained in parking lot.  One of the primary reasons for that trip in the first place was to see that Espada as well as 2 Alfa Romeo Montreals they were selling.

I happen to think that the Espada is truly one of THE coolest ‘supercars’ to ever grace the streets….effortlessly cool even.  I’ve always thought of it as Lamborghini’s response to the muscle car—-a muscle car built with the DNA of a supercar.   It is low slung, beautifully designed, with a plush mega-italian interior, and a presence that few cars can aspire to have.  If you park an Espada next to any of the modern supercars; i know which one you’ll find me staring at non-stop!

Fortunately David Lang found my little blip about that car on IEDEI and reached out to me with more information about the unique and interesting Espada we had seen that day at Gullwing—–and about the Espada that HE bought!  So rather than wondering “whatever happened to that green Espada?”…..we have an interesting story and an update!

David:

“When the car arrived from Gullwing Motors it had been in storage approximately 5 years, or more and had no brakes and a badly running engine. The engine was tuned with new spark plugs, several vacuum leaks were repaired and fresh gas was added to make it run very well.

(here’s a photo of David’s Espada i’d taken when I went to Gullwing motors in 08/2010)

“The engine appears to have been a new crate unit (no numbers stamped on the ID pad) and has a Tuned Port Injection (TPI) system installed. It is a 1985-86 350ci engine that would have been used in Corvettes or Camaros of the day. The transmission is a Borg Warner 5 speed with a hydraulic clutch. The shift leaver was adapted and is original to the car. The original exhaust system was also adapted and is in the car as is the balance of the running gear and brakes. Overall the installation of the engine, TPI and tranny appears to have been professionally done to almost perfection. I say almost because of what I discovered when I drove the car the first time. It overheated even with the hugh, original radiator and double fan system. The radiator was checked by a local shop and found to have been rebuilt. It needed no service. After explaining to the specialist what it came out of and the engine conversion he told me to change the thermostat and check the water pump for proper rotation. I found that the pump had been running backwards due to the use of V belts instead of the serpentine belt the engine was designed for. I replaced the pump with one designed for clockwise rotation and problem solved. The car had been operated for 25 years with the wrong pump! That explains the low mileage of 43000 on the car. I”m guessing but I suspect the engine and tranny have less than 5000 miles on them and operate as new.”

(current photos of the car to follow)

“Work yet to be completed include paint stripping and repaint to a dark factory blue color from the original mint green and doing some electrical repair to obtain working headlights and original air horn. The body is very straight with just two very small rust holes in the bottom, front corners of both doors. The glass, bumpers and trim are near perfect. I have removed the awful bumper overriders and remounted the outside mirrors from the front fenders to the doors as most are. The mirrors are original too. The car apparently had good care most of its life but was neglected for the last 5 or so years while stored.”

“With new tires, the car drives very well. It tracks straight, rides smoothly and quietly and feels like it is glued to the road. With the engine and tranny change, I believe about 400 pounds have been lost from the front giving the car a close 50/50 weight distribution and a lighter feel to the unboosted steering.”

I, for one, am really glad this Espada has been rescued by an owner who is enthusiastic about his beautiful classic.  Thanks to David for writing!

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B20 GT.

Would there be any better way to take one’s ferociously cool Lancia Aurelia B20 GT coupe to get restored, than to take a road trip to Italy to get it sorted out?  Well maybe—-it would be to be driving with a B24 Spyder alongside I suppose!

article: Octane

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epic Alfa Romeo Montreal for sale.

I don’t know how much it will go for—-but it looks pristine.  Totally restored and a beautiful shade of Blue.  I’m not sure if the interior looked like that originally—-but I don’t care, it is stunning.

The Alfa Romeo Montreal is definitely one of my favourite Alfas ever made—maybe THE most favourite Alfa made as far as i’m concerned.  This one hits all the right buttons.

eBay auction

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auctionwatch: Lancia Fulvia 1.3s

 

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Ahhhhh, if I only had the $$$—-i’d be ALL OVER THIS!  A beautiful example of a 1973 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S and what the owner is calling the “Monte Carlo Edition”.

Check out the auction for more pictures and information

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150384040959&viewitem=#ht_500wt_924

 

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the hotness: Singer 911

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Singer Vehicle Design take older 911s from 1969 to 1989 and refresh them into something completely unique and amazing.  This is a complete ‘refresh’ process which targets the appearance of those early 911 RSRs and Carrera RS from the late 60s/early 70s.  In actuality, i gotta say that the Singer 911 almost looks better than those originals.

according to them:

“The Singer 911 is no mere imitation, clone or retro-hot rod, but a re-interpretation and rebirth of theearly performance-focused 911’s. The new vehicle is the result of a fusion between the purity of the original 911 and modern materials, design, and updated technologies, and aftermarket experience into a unique sports car that recaptures the essence of the early 911’s golden age. The Singer 911 capitalizes on the 40 years of solutions and enhancements that have resulted from the racing aftermarket’s embracing the original 911. Borrowing the best elements from the air/oil cooled 911’s long production span such as the “chic” of the long hood pre-’74 race specials, and the engineering durability of the later cars from the 80’s and 90’s, Singer Vehicle Design capitalizes on the vast know how and evolutionary advances the original 911 has enjoyed. The experience offered by the new Singer 911 is a passionate celebration of the history making, iconic 911, and creates an enhanced sportscar that honors the original 911’s soul.”

some more photos and a LINK to more info:


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CHECK OUT SINGER’s WEBSITE:

http://www.singervehicledesign.com/

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