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  1. Marcello

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    #1 Marcello, Feb 15, 2007
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    Dear Vintage spotters,

    I would like this thread to be the ultimate Islero thread.
    If anyone has any Islero info or pictures, please feel free to contribute.
    A lot of cars still needs to be identified, and we need all the help we can get.
    These cars are very rare, and because they are not that spectacular like a Miura or Countach, I think these cars are a little ignored sometimes at meetings, and finding pictures of these cars is very difficult. So please help!

    The main sources for Islero info are:

    1. http://members.aol.com/luigidvm/index.html

    2. http://www.lamborghiniregistry.com

    3. this thread, to help these two guys.

    I would like to kick of with this nice picture of Ferruccio Lamborghini posing with the prototype Islero, #6000. A nice way to start I think.

    Kindest regards,
    Marcel Wallenburg
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    Islero is a very nice looking classic L car. You seldom see them around.
     
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    I would like to kick of with this nice picture of Ferruccio Lamborghini posing with the prototype Islero, #6000. A nice way to start I think.

    Kindest regards,
    Marcel Wallenburg[/QUOTE]


    Hello Marcel,

    Here is 2 photos of chassis 6000 I took in italy (in front of the Ferrari Museo!) in 2003.

    All the best,

    Philippe
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    This will be a Great thread.... a fantastic car that still needs to be discovered.
     
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    I went to Norwood Performance in Dallas a few weeks ago and there was an Islero that was said to have been owned by Ferrucio himself. I'm not sure of the serial number but I remember that Mike told me that the wooden fuel filler cap was made for Ferrucio because of his interest in boating. It may be the one in the first picture.
     
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    A great understated GT car that had the misfortune of being marketed alongside the Miura (which one to buy?).

    The styling reminds me of a car that came later.
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    What kind of room does the Islero have in it?
     
  11. Marcello

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    Thank you Fred,

    Wonderful reading. Imagine that you actually could go on holiday to Italy, buy an Islero at the factory (for about the same price as an Miura!), meet Ferruccio himself, cruise it around there for a few weeks, and then having it shipped to the US, how romantic!
     
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    Hello Marcel,

    Here is 2 photos of chassis 6000 I took in italy (in front of the Ferrari Museo!) in 2003.

    All the best,

    Philippe[/QUOTE]

    Hi Philippe,

    Yes, this is the same car. Great to see a prototipo driven on the roads.
    I know the car was present at the 40 Anni party at the Lamborghini factory in May 2003. Do you have more pictures of that event as well?

    Best regards,
    Marcel
     
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  14. Marcello

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    Hi James,

    Ferruccio's personal car: Islero #6201, owned by Paul von Heeder of Texas. This Islero was originally owned by Ferruccio himself and has some custom touches that are ascribed to him, such as a wooden gas cap (supposedly because of his love of boating), quilted interior panels, and high compression engine.

    Did you make any pictures in Dallas?

    Best regards,
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    In the last (engine bay) photo. What were the 4 studs, welded to the intake cam covers for? I've never seen that before, looks added on by someone.
     
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    Here are some pics I took of the car at the last 2 ItalianCarFests.

    The car is on display this weekend at the Dallas AutoRama. I will take some more pics and some detail pics to post here.
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  19. Marcello

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    #18 Marcello, Feb 16, 2007
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    Hey Garrick,

    Thanks for posting these pictures.
    It would be nice if you also could take some pictures of the engine,
    and the chassis/engine/body number plates in the engine compartment.
    Here's an example.
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  20. Marcello

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    #19 Marcello, Feb 16, 2007
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    Here are two other picture of s/n 6000.

    This is how the first Islero appeared at the 1968 Geneva Motor Show and in the factory literature.This car originally had Boranni wire wheels pictured above, that apparently did not stay with the car. The second owner reports that when the car was sold after the Geneva, Switzerland show, the car had acquired the Miura style wheels that would become standard equipment. The car also acquired this three spoke steering wheel and some modifications to the centre console.

    I have never seen any pictures of this car at the 1968 Geneva Motor Show.
    Anybody?

    Ciao!
    Marcello
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    This page is copied from Quattroruote, March 1968, from their report on new cars at the Geneva Auto Show. I'll see if I can find a picture of the Islero on display at the show itself.
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    This picture is supposed to be from the Geneva Show 1968, copied from Motor Trend magazine, June 1968.

    Edit: From "Car" magazine's report on the Geneva Show (June 1968):
    "Our good friends Lamborghini were of course much in evidence once more, this time with a big stand in the middle of the hall replete with two newcomers as described last month. The interim Islero model, using many inner panels from the original 350/400 series car, looked better than it had in prototype, largely because its deep blue finish seemed to suit it vastly better than the prototype's drab grey. It is still, however, a disappointingly ugly and amateurish car by comparison with its big sister the fabulous Espada."
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    An Islero at the Lamborghini celebration in Brighton U.K. 2006
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    #23 FredParoutaud, Feb 16, 2007
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    And here are some pix of Ferruccio's Islero I took at Concorso 2 years ago, it was next to my 400GT 2+2. Balboni was being filmed talking about the two cars:
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  25. Marcello

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    Thanks a lot, this looks like #6000 indeed.

    Ciao,
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    Now this is VERY interesting!
    I thought it was #6000 that was displayed at the Geneva Show,
    but this picture proofs otherwise.

    The blue #6003 is listed at the ILR as: Consigned to Geneva. Nothing further known. Consigned to Geneva could very well mean Showcar for Geneva???

    Great news!

    Ciao,
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  27. Marcello

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    Hi Alan,

    This is #6036, was owned by Paul Cox.
    It was completed by the Lamborghini factory on 04/23/1968 as the 12th Islero made, and was probably the Geneva show car rather than #6000 as is often claimed by casual writers. So this is another Geneva Show car candidate....

    Alan, are you a member of the LCUK, and do you track Vintage Lamborghini's as well?

    Best regards,
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    There will be an Islero Reunion next year in honor of the 40th Anniversary of its introduction. It will take place at the end of June 2008 as part of the Lamborghini Owners Club National Meet at Le Belle Macchine d'Italia, The Largest 3 Day Italian Automotive Event in North America.

    The event features a Concorso d'Eleganza and 2 days of Driving on Pocono International Raceway. As of right now we have 4 Isleros confirmed to be attending, (Jim Kaminski # 6210, Lou Herrin # 6096, Donald Osborne # 6267 and mine # 6243) The record is 5 Isleros togehter at one time for an event. Our goal is 10 cars, we should be able to do it. www.italiancarsatpocono.com

    Below are pictures of Lou Herrin's Islero on the track at Pocono as well as pictures of my Islero and Donald Osbone's car.

    Joe
    Islero # 6243
    Jarama # 10102
    Ghibli SS # 2110
    Khamsin # 1226
    Mistral # 1216
    Bora # 1046
    LeLe Marlboro # 184
    Mondial Cab # 49713
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    Hi i was an enthusiast member 20 years ago, but i was only 16 and dreaming back then! Not a member any longer as being an enthusiast member, cost money but didnt seem to get you any advantages over non members so i stopped.
    I dont track classic Lamborghinis, i'm more into the modern post Miura supercar era, But any famous or classic cars are ones that i do try and be aware of.Your info on the Islero in my picture, for instance, is of interest. Thanks Alan W
     
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    #29 Marcello, Feb 18, 2007
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    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the pictures. Nice actionshot of Lou!

    Well, in that case I think we most have some competition, and perhaps we could organise an Islero meeting here in Europe as well at that time.
    In Holland we have about 8 Islero's, so the record of 5 could be broken by us Dutchies allone:). And 11 is our goal, hèhè...

    Here's an older picture of your car when it was still in Switzerland
    (on the right)

    Best regards,
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    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for the info. If you have any more Islero pictures in your files,
    please do post them, because they are rare...

    Ciao!
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    Hi all,

    Here's an Islero picture that was in the book "Supreme amongst exotics".
    This car was owned in the 1980's owned by Colin Earl, registered on UK plates Q538 CPE. This example is to German specifications and was brought from Lebanon to the UK for a certain amount of restoration, so I read.

    An UK Lambo owner already told me this:
    The red car was photographed out of the UK, you can tell by the roads in the background. Q plates normally mean the car was built from parts or crashed and rebuilt Q is reserved also for home built kit cars.

    Who knows the chassisnumber of this car?

    Best regards,
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    A few pics of #6201 from the show this weekend.
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    A few more.
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    And the last few.
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    Hey Garrick,

    Thanks again for posting these very nice pictures.
    Great to see this car has a full leather interior, even on the dashboard where the dials are located. The car also has red painted heads (Testa Rossa)!
    I belief the prototipo #6000 had that as well.
    Nice shot of the VIN plate! So now we know the enginenumber as well.

    Many thanks for your great help!

    Ciao!
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    Hi all,

    Do we know wich car this is?
    Should be an Islero S from Japan, but I can't seem to find the car on the ILR yet....

    anybody?

    Best regards,
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    Hi Marcello,

    It is already on the Islero Information Exchange as red/black car.

    BTW, does anybody have a parts catalog for Islero? I saw one on eBay some months ago.
     
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    Hi there,

    Sorry, but I still can't find it, wich s/n ?

    Best regards,
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    6036 is my car and as far I am aware it is the Geneva Show car - it's the car at Brighton, shown elsewhere in this thread.
     
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    Hello UK,

    Is your awareness perhaps based on some documentation that came with the car when you bought it from Paul? That would be nice to know, and we can delete all perhaps and mightby's...

    Best regards,
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    The 1968 Geneva Auto Show ran from March 14th-24th, 1968.

    If 6036 was completed at the factory on April 23rd, 1968, as the 12th Islero made (per the earlier post), that would mean that an uncompleted car was used as the show car. I suppose that could be possible, but it seems unlikely.

    Edit: One detail about the Islero pictured at the Geneva Show - the trim strip below the door APPEARS to be much wider than the strip seen on other Islero's.
     
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    No - Paul told me this when I bought it, along with the history tracing back to B Bardot - frankly he could have told me it was owned by Mickey Mouse and I'd have still bought the car! (and believed him...).

    He bases his theory on the fact that the front seats don't have head rests in the Geneva car (6000 does), the fact that it was delivered with a tan hide (which my car had, but was retrimmed at a later date) and the colour checks out. 6000 also had borranis...

    I rest the case for 6036...

    Regards

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    #43 Marcello, Mar 7, 2007
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    When these threads are started, it needs dedicated effort to keep them going or else they drop off and the info is hidden (where is that Islero site?).

    Hi Joe and all,

    Thanks, I agree with you, and I'll do my best!

    Here's another Japanese Islero GTS, this time red with golden rims.
    Any suggestions about the number anybody?

    Best regards,
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    I talked to Paul a little more about the car.

    Although there appears to be no concrete documentation, the wood gas cap is believed to be original. Paul told me he has tried to put a locking gas cap on as a test replacement and it would not fit - so some modification must have been done to the neck as well.

    The interior-color-matched leather covered dash - it was recovered prior to Paul's ownership, so he is not sure if it was interior-color-matched from the factory. Original interior color was apparently tobacco (red exterior).

    The quilted interior panels were added by a subsequent owner - as well as the under-hood matching quilted hanging cover for the fuse block.
     
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    It was for the air conditioning. I had a 400 back in the '70s with the same studs, plus a compressor that was bolted to them and lots of hoses. The system was useless, all it did was drip water into the passenger footwell.

    Mind you, I didn't buy the car because it had air conditioning!
     
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    The Islero has to be one of the best looking cars of all time and is on my list for purchase in the future. Beautiful pics in this thread!
     
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    I love the Islero


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    Ah yes, 6643. I used to own that car! Last I knew it was in San Diego. Do you own it now?
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    Hi all,

    I found recently this photo. Could this be the one that failed to qualify at LeMans?

    Sincerely

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