1964 Lamborghini 350/400GT Coupé  Chassis no. 005 Engine no. 005 (see text)
Lot 627
1964 Lamborghini 350/400GT Coupé
Registration no. DRO 5B Chassis no. 005 Engine no. 005 (see text)
Sold for £ 69,700 (US$ 90,180) inc. premium

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1964 Lamborghini 350/400GT Coupé  Chassis no. 005 Engine no. 005 (see text) 1964 Lamborghini 350/400GT Coupé  Chassis no. 005 Engine no. 005 (see text) 1964 Lamborghini 350/400GT Coupé  Chassis no. 005 Engine no. 005 (see text) 1964 Lamborghini 350/400GT Coupé  Chassis no. 005 Engine no. 005 (see text) 1964 Lamborghini 350/400GT Coupé  Chassis no. 005 Engine no. 005 (see text) 1964 Lamborghini 350/400GT Coupé  Chassis no. 005 Engine no. 005 (see text)
1964 Lamborghini 350/400GT Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring

Registration no. DRO 5B
Chassis no. 005
Engine no. 005 (see text)
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.

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.’ 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.’

This left-hand drive 350GT was purchased new in Italy by Barnet Instruments Ltd of Hitchin, Herts and privately imported into the UK for the use of Managing Director, Mr Charles Grant. HM Customs documents record its arrival in September 1964 and list the chassis/engine numbers as ‘005’. However, there is an Italian Ministry of Transport certificate, stamped August 1964, that mentions chassis number ‘0105, as well as a ‘Lamborghini Certificato d’Origine’ stating the chassis number as ‘0105’, so it is possible that a simple mistake was made whereby the ‘1’ was missed out and this car - ‘0105’ - became known as ‘005’.

Other paperwork reveals that the car was returned to the Lamborghini factory early in 1966 for a 4-litre engine to be installed and records Mr Grant’s plans to deliver the car on 21st March and then collect it on 26th March to drive back to the UK. The speedometer was changed at the same time and currently the odometer reads 4,576 kilometres. Mr Grant was obviously a Lambo fan; the huge correspondence file contains letters dated 1967 between him and Customs regarding the importation of a P400 Miura, and is a touching illustration of the affection and respect - now sadly lacking save for a few manufacturers - between company and customer.

The vehicle was sold to the current owner by Mann Egerton in May 1971, described as a 1964 Lamborghini 400GT, white with red interior, chassis and engine numbers ‘005’. Finished in turquoise with red interior, this rare and desirable early Lamborghini is offered with Swansea V5 registration document.

An intoxicating cocktail of the two-seater 350GT with the enhanced performance of the in-period 400GT engine upgrade.
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