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1968 Lamborghini Islero

Ferruccio Lamborghini introduced the Islero at the 1968 Geneva Auto Show. Styling was courtesy of Mario Marazzi, formerly of Carrozzeria Touring in Milan. Carrozzeria Touring was Lamborghini's preferred coachbuilder, however they were no longer in business, so Lamborghini commissioned ex-Touring personnel led by Mr. Marazzi to design and build the elegantly understated coachwork. 'Islero' was sourced from the legendary bull that killed Spain's best matador, 'Manolete'.

The Islero was an evolution of Lamborghini's first model, the Touring-styled 350GT. Just like the 400 GT, the Islero had a 4.0-liter engine designed by Giotto Bizzarrini and finessed by Giampaolo Dallara. The four-cam engine was fitted with six Weber carburetors and delivered 320 horsepower through a five-speed gearbox. Zero-to-sixty mph tool less than six seconds and top speed was achieved at 165 mph. Stopping power was supplied by power-assisted, four-wheel Girling disc brakes. A fully independent suspension offered more comfort and better handling than its Ferrari contemporaries. It was comprised of unequal-length A-arms and coil springs at all four corners. The square-tube chassis was based on that of its predecessors, but with a wider track to allow for wider tires.

The first Islero was completed by the factory March 6, 1968 with the remainder of the first series finished by December except for one car that was finished on February 17 of 1969. A total of 125 examples were built.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2019
1968 Lamborghini Islero vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Marazzi

Chassis Num: 6243
Engine Num: 2254

Lamborghini produced 125 examples of the original Islero from 1968 through 1969. They wore unique bodywork from Marazzi, the small Milanese coach-building firm that was formed after Touring's financial demise.....[continue reading]

1968 Lamborghini Islero vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Marazzi

Chassis Num: 6201

The Islero was the replacement for the 400 GT and featured the V12 engine. The car made its debut at the 1968 Geneva Auto Show and was named after a Miura bull that killed famed matador Manual Rodriguez.....[continue reading]

1968 Lamborghini Islero vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Marazzi

Chassis Num: 6204
Engine Num: 2187

There were 125 examples of the Lamborghini Islero produced. Chassis number 6204 was the 68th example to leave the factory. A sign of the early models are the teardrop-shaped front sidelights that were later changed to a round shape. ....[continue reading]

1968 Lamborghini Islero vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Marazzi

The Lamborghini Islero is said to be most representative of what Ferruccio Lamborghini intended to build when he created his car company. It was as technically advanced as anything Ferrari had on the road and was subtlety styled by Marazzi to be a ge....[continue reading]

1968 Lamborghini Islero vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Marazzi

This design by Lamborghini was one of 125 early Islero models produced. Its design was made to keep up with a Ferrari Daytona with better ergonomics as a grand tourer. It was totally understated as Ferruccio Lamborghini had a hand in the design and p....[continue reading]

1968 Lamborghini Islero vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Marazzi

Chassis Num: 6318
Engine Num: 2457

This Lamborghini is the 104th of 125 Isleros produced. It was delivered to Lamborghini from Marazzi on October 10th of 1968 and the finished coupe with finished in Argento silver over tobacco leather interior. It rolled off the line just over a month....[continue reading]

1968 Lamborghini Islero vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Marazzi

Chassis Num: 6327
Engine Num: 2484

The Lamborghini Islero was style and built by Mario Marazzi, formerly of Carrozzeria Touring in Milan. It had a longer roofline than the 400 GT and rode on light-alloy, center-lock wheels sourced from the Miura. Power was from a four-liter V-12 engin....[continue reading]

Coupe by Marazzi
Chassis #: 6243 
Coupe by Marazzi
Chassis #: 6201 
Coupe by Marazzi
Chassis #: 6204 
Coupe by Marazzi
 
Coupe by Marazzi
 
Coupe by Marazzi
Chassis #: 6318 
Coupe by Marazzi
Chassis #: 6327 

Related Reading : Lamborghini Islero History

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 Lamborghinis former Touring employee. The Islero retained the inner structure, wheelbase, and square tube chassis of the 400 GT 22. Larger wheels were used and this meant the front and rear track increased....
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