Go back to the future with the 1982 Lamborghini Marco Polo

Go back to the future with the 1982 Lamborghini Marco Polo

The Lamborghini Espada, LM 002 and Urus are the only Lamborghinis to have more than two seats? Not if we believe Italdesign, which presented this concept car at the Bologna Motor Show in 1982 under the name Marco Polo (not to be confused with the Mercedes motorhomes of the same name …), which could be the successor. for the Espada (or predecessor of the Estoque).

The Lamborghini Marco Polo was a 2+2 model coupe with two large hinged doors on the roof and an extraordinary silk at the time. It had a Cx of 0.24. Its bodywork was therefore more aerodynamic than that of the Countach, a sports coupe that graced the catalog of the Bolognese manufacturer from Sant’Agata at the time.

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Marco Polo was also more intelligent than the last one, which was designed by Marcello Gandini. Giorgetto Giugiaro’s design had nothing to do with Lamborghini. In fact, it was an evolution of the DeLorean DMC-24, a concept car that the Irish-American manufacturer had commissioned from Italdesign, which itself was inspired by the Lancia Medusa that the coachbuilder had presented. two years earlier at the Turin Motor Show. .

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When the DeLorean went bankrupt, Giugiaro redesigned it a bit and stuck the Lamborghini logo on it in sympathy with the bull brand. The wheels were even the famous DMC-12 wheels, which had hubcaps installed for the occasion. Italdesign presented the Marco Polo with, supposedly, a Lamborghini V12 up front, but honestly, we can’t see how it could fit under that tiny, squishy hood. Marco Polo, 4625 mm long, 1870 mm wide, but only 1300 mm long, was not a rolling model, but only a study in style.