1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544

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1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT
Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544

Sold for CHF 172,500 (US$ 173,108) inc. premium
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT
Chassis no. 6354
Engine no. 2544
• One of only 225 made
• 4.0-litre quad-cam V12 engine
• Manual transmission
• Present ownership since 2008

Please note this motor car is subject to the normal local duty/import tax on Hammer Price and Buyer's Premium. In addition, please note that this car is sold on a Bill of Sale.
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Lamborghini Islero coupé 1968
Châssis n° 6354
Moteur n° 2544

• Une des 225 construites
• Moteur V12 4 litres à quatre arbres à cames en tête
• Transmission manuelle
• Aux mains de l'actuel propriétaire depuis 2008

Veuillez noter que cette voiture est soumise à la taxe locale d'importation sur le prix de vente et la prime de l'acheteur. De plus, veuillez noter que cette voiture est vendue sur Facture d'Achat.
Bonhams est le garant du dédouanement des droits et taxes : par conséquent, cette voiture ne peut être remise à l'acheteur ou à son transporteur immédiatement après la vente.

Footnotes

  • "This may well become the nicest to drive and the most consistent in behaviour of all Lambos." - Car magazine on the Islero.

    Launched at the Geneva Salon in 1968, the Islero was a development of the 400 GT 2+2, which was itself derived from Ferruccio Lamborghini's first production car, the Touring-styled 350 GT of 1964. Launched at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show, the 350 GT was the work of three of Italy's most illustrious automobile engineers, featuring a glorious 3.5-litre, four-cam V12 designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, which was housed in a tubular chassis developed by Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani. The 350 GT's four camshafts and all-independent suspension meant that it upstaged the best that Ferrari offered at the time. After a slow start production soon picked up, with 131 350 GTs being completed before the arrival of the 400 GT and 247 of the latter before it was superseded by the Islero.

    Launched at the Geneva Salon in 1968, the Islero was a development of the 400 GT 2+2, which was itself derived from Ferruccio Lamborghini's first production car, the Touring-styled 350 GT of 1964. Launched at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show, the 350 GT was the work of three of Italy's most illustrious automobile engineers, featuring a glorious 3.5-litre, four-cam V12 designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, which was housed in a tubular chassis developed by Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani. The 350 GT's four camshafts and all-independent suspension meant that it upstaged the best that Ferrari offered at the time. After a slow start production soon picked up, with 131 350 GTs being completed before the arrival of the 400 GT and 247 of the latter before it was superseded by the Islero.

    The Islero's square-tube chassis was based on that of its predecessors, though with wider track to accommodate fatter rubber, while its elegantly understated coachwork was styled by ex-Touring personnel led by Mario Marazzi. The model was named after the legendary bull that had killed Spain's best matador, 'Manolete'. Housed beneath an impressively low-slung bonnet, Lamborghini's 4.0-litre V12 engine was carried over from the 400 GT and produced 320bhp initially, 350bhp in later Islero S form. The latter appeared in 1969 and could be distinguished by its flared wheelarches, vented front wings and a revised interior with more supportive seats and improved instruments and switch gear. Improvements were also made to the suspension and brakes.

    Car magazine's test Islero achieved a true 157mph (252km/h) back in 1969, proving to be as quiet and stable at its maximum as at 130. It was also startlingly quick off the mark, hitting 60mph (96km/h) in 5.9 seconds and hurtling to 100mph (161km/h) in 13.7, outstanding figures even today. Around the Neapolitan back-roads the Islero demonstrated an agility and sureness of foot which belied its role as a Grande Routière. Despite an impeccable pedigree, the Islero, 225 of which were manufactured between 1968 and 1969, is today the most overlooked of Lamborghini's early front-engined cars.

    This Lamborghini Islero has been delivered new in Switzerland in Bronzo Scura with matching Senape interior. Unfortunately, nothing is known of the life of this particular Islero prior to its purchase by the current owner from The Gallery (Aaldering Classic & Sportscars, Brummen) on 18th July 2008 (purchase invoice on file). A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of these exclusive, limited-edition, early Lamborghinis. This example would benefit from a full respray and a general overhaul of its mechanical and suspension components. However, the colour combination suits the car, and the interior is in good overall condition, with the odometer reading 68,121 Kilometres. The car is accompanied by a jack and its spare wheel.

    Lamborghini Islero 1968
    Châssis n° 6354
    Moteur n° 2544

    « Elle pourrait bien devenir la plus agréable à conduire et la plus cohérentes en comportement de toutes les Lambo. » - le magazine Car à propos de l'Islero.

    Lancée au Salon de Genève en 1968, l'Islero était dérivée de la 400 GT 2+2, qui elle-même dérivait de la première voiture de série de Ferruccio Lamborghini, la 350 GT de 1964, carrossée par Touring. Dévoilée au Salon de Genève en 1964, la 350 GT était l'œuvre de trois des plus illustres ingénieurs automobiles d'Italie, doté d'un V12 3,5 litres à quatre arbres à cames en tête conçu par Giotto Bizzarrini, installé dans un châssis tubulaire mis au point par Gian Paolo Dallara et Paolo Stanzani. Le quatre arbres de la 350 GT et sa suspension indépendante aux quatre roues dépassaient tout ce que Ferrari offrait à l'époque. Après un lent démarrage, la production de la 350 GT atteignait 131 exemplaires à l'arrivée de la 400 GT et de ses 247 unités, avant que cette dernière ne soit remplacée par l'Islero.

    Le châssis de tubes carrés de l'Islero était basé sur celui de sa devancière avec des voies plus larges pour recevoir des pneus plus gros, tandis que son élégante carrosserie sous-estimée était signée par des anciens de chez Touring sous la direction de Mario Marazzi. Le modèle recevait le nom du légendaire taureau qui avait tué Manolete, le meilleur matador d'Espagne. Logé sous un impressionnant capot plat, le V12 4 litre de Lamborghini était une évolution de celui de la 400 GT et développait 320 ch.

    L'essai de l'Islero par le magazine Car établissait une vitesse de 157 mph (252 km/h) en 1969, se révélant aussi silencieuse et aussi stable à son maximum qu'à 130. Elle était aussi particulièrement nerveuse, atteignant 60 mph (96 km/h) en 5,9 secondes et montant à 100 mph (161 km/h) en 13,7 secondes, des chiffres impressionnant encore aujourd'hui. Sur les petites routes napolitaines l'Islero montrait une agilité et une précision en contradiction avec son rôle de grande routière. Pas aussi débridée ou démonstrative que les autres Lamborghini, mais rare, avec seulement 225 unités construites, l'Islero est une valeur remarquablement intéressante en comparaison et une voiture de connaisseur qui laisse ses performances parler pour elle.

    Cette Lamborghini Islero 400 GT fut livrée neuve en Suisse sous une peinture Bronzo Scura accordée d'un habitacle Senape. Acquise par son actuel propriétaire chez Gallery (Aaldering Classic & Sportscars, Brummen) le 18 juillet 2008 (facture au dossier) et peu utilisée depuis, elle nécessiterait ainsi une révision globale de ses éléments mécaniques et de sa suspension. Une peinture complète serait à prévoir pour retrouver sa gloire passée. Néanmoins, elle porte toujours son élégante combinaison de couleurs d'origine tandis que son habitacle est en bon état général. Le compteur affiche 68 121 kilomètres. La voiture sera vendue accompagnée de son cric, ainsi que de sa roue de secours.

    Une magnifique opportunité d'acquérir une de ces exclusives et rares Lamborghini des débuts. Notez que des taxes d'importation seront applicables, au cas où l'Islero resterait en Suisse.
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1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
1968 Lamborghini Islero 400 GT  Chassis no. 6354 Engine no. 2544
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