Please choose: Lamborghini Espada or Ferrari 400/412
Given that one has now become a cult favorite and the other is still considered to be somewhat of an ugly duckling in classic car circles – can you guess which is which? – we expect this one to be a trouncing. Prove us wrong :)
The tale of the tape:
- Offered 1976-1989
- Production: 2384 (35% of them with manual transmission)
- 4.8-4.9 L V12 good for 310-340 bhp
- ~ 1800-1900kg (3900-4200 lbs)
- Pininfarina design
- Cost when new: ~ $45,000 (about $185,000 in 2013 dollars)
- Doesn’t include federalization, which more or less doubled the cost of the car (they were never officially sold in the US, meaning all examples in the US are gray imports)
- Current value: ~ $20,000-$45,000
- Tip: don’t forget the 365GT4 2+2 (1972–1976). Looks nearly identical to the 400 and cost is in the same ballpark (~ $38,000).
- Open question: anecdotally, we’ve heard these transmissions (the manual) are terrible— possibly the reason why old man Enzo himself used an automatic 412i as his daily.
- Offered 1968-1978
- Production: 1217
- 4.0 L V12 good for 325-350 bhp
- 1,465 kg or 3,230 lbs (!), though one source cites 3,600 lbs
- Bertone design (Gandini)
- Cost when new: ~ $34,000 (about $228,500 in 2013 dollars)
- Current value: ~ $23,000-$59,000
Make the jump for what you’re all here for, which is the eye candy.
So which would you choose? Have at it!
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