1966 Lamborghini 400GT 2 2,
Lot 316
1966 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 'America' Coupé Chassis no. 0781 Engine no. 0758
Sold for £144,500 (US$ 226,806) inc. premium

Lot Details
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1966 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 'America' Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring

Registration no. PBY 203D
Chassis no. 0781
Engine no. 0758

Footnotes

  • It is the stuff of legend that Ferrari-owning industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini only turned to automobile manufacture as a result of receiving off-hand treatment at Maranello, vowing to build a better car. A successful manufacturer of tractors and related machinery, Lamborghini possessed the resources to realise his dream without having to compromise.
    Lamborghini's first production car, the Touring-styled 350GT, debuted at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show. The work of two of Italy's most illustrious automobile designers, the 350GT featured a glorious 3.5-litre, four-cam V12 designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, housed in a chassis penned by Gianpaolo Dallara. The 350GT's four camshafts and all-independent suspension meant that it upstaged the best that Ferrari offered at the time; but to compete with his Maranello rival's larger models, Lamborghini needed a four-seater, and the 400GT 2+2 duly appeared in 1966. A development of the 350GT, the newcomer used an enlarged - to 3,929cc - V12. This 4-litre unit had first appeared in 1965, finding its way into a handful of late 350GTs, this interim model being known as the 400GT. The 400GT's claimed maximum power was 320bhp - up from the 350GT's 270 - an output sufficient to make the former a 150mph-plus car.
    Despite its novice status as an automobile manufacturer, Lamborghini soon dispelled any lingering doubts about its ability to compete with the world's best Grand Tourers. Reviewing the 400GT in its 2+2 form in 1967, Autocar magazine voted it 'better than all the equivalent exotic and home-bred machinery in this glamorous corner of the fast-car market.' The relaxed manner of its long-legged performance was reckoned the finest quality of the Lamborghini, its V12 engine being judged to have the broadest range of smooth torque the testers had experienced. Autocar concluded: 'To achieve this level of performance without noise, fuss, temperament or drama is an achievement; in the time taken for development, it is nothing short of sensational.'
    One of only 247 units built between 1966 and 1968, this lovely example has been confirmed as a rare, sunroof-equipped 'America' model by marque historian and author, Dr Stefano Pasini. '0781' lay derelict behind the Lamborghini factory for many years until its rescue by a devoted enthusiast, who entrusted it to marque specialists, Emilianauto, the company responsible for the restoration of the first ever Lamborghini, the unique 3509GTV.
    After the completion of its no-expense-spared comprehensive restoration, the owner used the Lamborghini carefully for weekend trips and various historic events, covering only some 5,000 kilometres before offering it for sale at Brooks' Olympia auction in December 1997 (Lot 755) where it was purchased by the current vendor. Since acquisition in 1997 the car has been maintained by the respected marque specialists, Colin Clarke Engineering and has been updated with an engine conversion to unleaded compatibility and a stainless steel exhaust system. The car is finished in silver with black leather interior and is described by the private vendor as in generally excellent condition. Believed the only surviving example of its type with a sunroof, this rare early Lamborghini is offered with MoT to September 2010 and Swansea V5 registration document.
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