Lamborghini Islero to make $299,000 in Paris?

A Lamborghini Islero is expected to make up to $299,000 at the Retromobile sale at Artcurial Paris on February 9.

All of the models Lamborghini has produced over the years (except the Countach) are named after fighting bulls.

Islero was a particularly formidable specimen, known for killing the bullfighter Manolete in the arena in 1947.

Lamborghini Islero Artcurial

The Islero is named after a particularly fearsome Spanish fighting bull 

The car was produced in a run of 225 (including 100 S series specimens) between 1968 and 1969. It was Lamborghini’s third production car, built on the bones of the 400 GT, and is not one of the marque’s best known.

Lamborghini came into its own in the 1970s and 1980s, meaning its earlier cars are often overlooked.

This is good news for collectors, as it means they can be had for a fraction of the price of the company’s contemporaries.

The car’s mileage remains relatively low for its age, with just under 47,000 miles on the clock, and it has been lovingly cared for over the years.

The auction house comments: “This is the perfect car for touring, fast and lively, its qualities winning high praise in early test-drive features.

“Some consider this to be one of the best Lamborghini models, with its short chassis, secure road-holding and first class performance.”

As well as the usual European classics, there’s an array of restored second world war vehicles at the auction.

A 1943 Willys Jeep, made in Toledo, Ohio, is featured with a valuation of $37,378.

That’s higher than the average for this model, but then this is an above average restoration. It’s outfitted with much of the equipment it would have carried during the war, including a Winchester shovel and a 1943 US M1 Froehlich rifle holster.

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