Say hello to the first Lamborghini sedan
Long before the Estoque, there was the Faena
When the cover was pulled off of the Estoque concept in 2008, the world was amazed by a 4-door Lamborghini. It was very beautiful to look at and came with a very aggressive design (typical Lambo DNA), but it wasn’t the first sedan that had a raging bull on its shield.
This story begins in the early 1970s, when an Italian coachbuilder Pietro Frua decided that he needed a family-friendly Lamborghini. So, he took a 1974 Series II Espada (chassis #18224) and went mad with it.
Pietro’s project took 8 months to build. During that time, he reinforced the whole chassis and extended the wheelbase by 18 cm (7.1 in) in order to add extra doors and proper rear seats (the standard Espada was a 2+2 coupe and there was not a lot of leg room in the back).
When finished, the car’s length was 4.6 meters (18 feet) and that resulted in a 200 kg weight gain. The 4-door raging bull was first revealed at the 1978 Turing Motor Show and it also made an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show two years later. It was named Faena, after a series of moves that matador makes before he kills a bull. However, despite looking clean and elegant, Faena did not gain much attention.
At the 1978 Turin Motor Show. Credit: Via Retro
Sure, there were some cool pop-up headlights and a new sliding sunroof, but the rear was too questionable. With its dome-like rear, the car looked more like a sporty hearse rather than an elegant grand tourer.
Pietro hoped that the car will go in a limited-series production. But, no one was really interested in Faena and this remained the only one in existence. After the Geneva Motor Show, Faena was sold to Lambo-Motor AG in Basel, Switzerland. They later sold the car to a German car collector, who still has it in his garage, but kept the car registered in Switzerland.
In 1973, Marcello Gandini made some sketches for a 4-door Espada in hope to make it as a 3rd series redesign. Unfortunately, Lamborghini did not like the idea of making a sedan model and Gandini’s plans remained only on paper. So, when Pietro Frua made his creation, he kinda made Gandini’s dream come true as well.
Gandini's render of a 4-door Espada. Credit: Via Retro
And when all is said and done, I personally believe that Lamborghini should give us a 4-door super sedan. I mean, who wouldn’t want one?