3,929cc DOHC V12 Engine
6 Twin-Throat Weber 40DCOE Carburetors
320bhp at 6,500rpm
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Girling Disc Brakes
*The 223rd of only 247 400GT 2+2s built
*A late production example with many unique details
*Presented in its original color scheme
*A rare example of one of Lamborghini's seminal, early models
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 realize 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-liter, 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-liter 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."
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One of only 247 units built between 1966 and 1968, this 400GT was produced toward the end of the model's run as the 223rd example produced. Given its status late in production, it featured unique details such as later-type Miura gauges. Finished in Rosso (red) over Nero (black) pigskin leather—a color scheme it still carries today—the Lambo is reported to have been delivered new to Vecar in Portugal on December 13, 1967 (although other information report the car to have been delivered new to Italy and first registered on July 1, 1968). Spending most its time on the European continent including stints in Norway, the Netherlands, and Germany, it is said to have also spent some time in the United States as well.
Returning to Germany in the early 1990s, a 2007 listing for the car indicates that the engine had been recently rebuilt by a marque specialist in Germany, although records of the work completed do not accompany the car. The subject of a repaint at some point in its original color, the interior remains in what appears to be lovingly preserved, original condition.
The current owner acquired the car in December 2007 and have kept it on static display since joining the collection. Given its decade and a half off the road, mechanical recommissioning is recommended prior to enjoying the car. When completed, however, they will have a lovely and fast machine that is eligible for many fine events including the Copperstate 1000 and Mountain Mille.