Lamborghini Marzal is a prototype concept car revealed by Lamborghini during the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. It was designed by Marcello Gandini to offer Ferruccio Lamborghini a true four-seat car for his lineup which also included the 400GT 2+2 and the legendary Miura. The name of this Lamborghini was inspired by the name of a fighting bull breed.
The Lamborghini Marzal was unique because of its gullwing-doors and because of its louvered rear window. This car remained a one-off because the general shape and many details were used on the Espada. The body’s car manufactured by Bertone was too controversial for Ferruccio’s desire to use only 49 Sq. Ft of glass obtained from the Belgian Glaverbel company. But the Italian automaker found this glass to be too much and because of that he didn’t like the idea at all. The luggage space of the car was designed to be around 11 cubic feet and a 21 gallon tank was available. Around six headlights were placed over the rubber bumper while the exterior design was completed by incredible magnesium wheel rims and Pirelli Cinturato HS tires.
The interior of the Lamborghini Marzal was covered in a bright-Silver leather trim and had enough space for up to four passengers. This interior was highly futuristic because of the hexagonal honeycomb theme which was visible on the dashboard and center console. Using the large gullwing doors, the entry into this car was made easier. Because the windows didn’t open, the car was equipped with air conditioning while the small windwings placed up front allowed natural air to enter inside the car.
Under the hood, the Lamborghini Marzal hosted a 2 liters V6 engine placed transversely in the rear and able to produce 175 horsepower with the help of a five speed transmission. As a result, the Lamborghini Marzal was able to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 9. 4 seconds while the maximum speed achieved was of 225 km/h which it’s pretty good for a V6 engine. The Marzal was also equipped with three Weber carburetors, independent front and rear suspension, telescopic dampers and antiroll bars and four-wheel disc brakes.
The Lamborghini Marzal didn’t convince Ferruccio and he decided not to introduce it into production and because of that it remained strictly a one-off model. But this car became known to the entire world when it was used by Grace and Rainer of Monaco to open the 1967 Grand Prix of Monaco edition. Some people said that this event was the only use of the Lamborghini Marzal.
A second public appearance of the Lamborghini Marzal was at the 1996 Concours Italiano in Monterey, California designed to celebrate Carrozzeria Bertone. If you are interested in admiring this incredible Lamborghini Marzal, then you should visit Ferruccio’s little museum located on the shores of Lake Trasmine. But some rumors say that the Marzal is actually part of the Bertone Design Study Museum.
In 2011, the Lamborghini Marzal became part of Bertone’s collection cars which will be up for auction on the 21st of May at Villa D’Este in Northern Italy. This unconventional Lamborghini Marzal prototype was estimated by the RM Auctions at no more and no less than around €2 millions. I think that the bidding for this Lamborghini will be interesting to watch and will result in a surprising final price. It’s just a question of time and patience.
The lucky future owner of the Lamborghini Marzal will “not only possess a landmark example of design” created by the dominant post-war Italian automaker, but also a very unique prototype engine built by Lamborghini.
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