December 7, 2010

Lamborghini In The Car Pool Lane


The Sterns of New Hyde Park, NY shared a passion for Italian exotic cars, and not in that trailer queeny way, either. Stanley, rest his soul, put 160,000 miles on his 1980 Maserati Quattroporte.

Presumably because the whole dreidl thing left too much to chance, Lorrie asked for this 1974 Lamborghini Espada as a Christmas present.

"There was one condition," she said. "I had to use it as a daily driver."

And she did. The couple's four children maxed out the passenger space of the Espada, which has rear seats and, fortunately for the Sterns, a spacious trunk.

"You didn't have the regulations you do now," she said, referring to the laws for child seats.

She used to drive in car pools with the Lamborghini. "Every child in the neighborhood has been in the car," she said. "If you wanted to ride in the car, sometimes you got into the trunk."

Let the record and the NY Times slideshow show that Ms. Stern uses a proper booster seat for ferrying her granddaughter around. Looks like a Graco.

Oh yes, she had it repainted from factory green to a pale pink in 1979 because she felt it showed off the car's Bertone lines better.

A Lamborghini of Color [nyt]


That's pretty badass. I love cars from this era, it's like watching an episode of "Space: 1999" - here's what the future was supposed to be, viewing it from 1973.
Lambos are equal parts amazing design and pure cheese- look at those side mirrors! Also, she got one of the models before they added molto-ugly US-spec bumpers:

I first saw this is the print version of the times so I didn't get a chance to see all the photos. Check out the horns. Wouldn't mind being the guy selling pink paint in New Hyde Park.

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