The Lamborghini Espada, LM 002 and Urus are the only Lamborghinis to have more than two seats? Not if we are to 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 have to be a successor to the Espada (or a predecessor to the Estoque).
The Lamborghini Marco Polo was a prototype 2+2 coupe with two large hinged doors in the roof and a remarkable silhouette for the time. It had a Cx of 0.24. Its bodywork was therefore more aerodynamic than that of the Countach, the sporty coupe that adorned the catalog of the Bolognese manufacturer from Sant’Agata at the time.
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The Marco Polo was also much more discreet than the latter, 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 ordered from Italdesign, which was itself inspired by the Lancia Medusa that the coachbuilder had presented. two years earlier at the Turin Motor Show.
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When DeLorean went bankrupt, Giugiaro slightly redesigned it and stuck a Lamborghini logo on it out of sympathy for the bull brand. The wheels were even the famous DMC-12 wheels, on which hubcaps had been placed 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 slim, sloping hood. The Marco Polo, 4625 mm long, 1870 mm wide, but only 1300 mm high, was not a rolling prototype, but simply a study in style.