Lot 354: Lamborghini 400GT 2+2
320 bhp (DIN), 3,929 cc V-12 engine with dual overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, six Weber dual-choke carburettors, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bars front and rear, and four-wheel, vacuum-assisted Girling hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,550 mm (100.4") " One of just 247 examples built; handsome colour combination " An older comprehensive restoration with proper detailing and a fabulous interior " Four-litre V-12 performance; luxurious passenger cabin; timeless styling Whilst the true motivation behind the establishment of Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. will continue to be debated, it is clear that the Sant'Agata company certainly manifested its founder's vision of the ultimate GT car. Having recruited some of the era's best engineers, including Giotto Bizzarrini and Gian Paolo Dallara, progress moved swiftly from the prototype 350GTV, which débuted at Turin in late November 1963. Series production commenced with the two-seat 350GT, followed by the 4.0-litre, interim two-seat 400GT. The 400GT 2+2 was introduced at the 1966 Geneva Salon and combined the performance of its 320 bhp, 4.0-litre, V-12 engine and new smoother and quieter Lamborghini-produced five-speed gearbox with enlarged passenger accommodations. Just 247 examples of the 400GT 2+2 were constructed between 1966 and 1968. This particular example, chassis 0649, is the 40th 400GT 2+2 built, originally delivered to Spain in Grigio Medio. The car has benefited from a thorough restoration. The paint is good and shows no signs of significant aging. The interior is fabulous, and the typically stylish fittings all present superbly. Whilst the car is an older restoration, it continues to present fantastically and sits on iconic Borrani wheels, giving it a sporty and aggressive look. Closer inspection of the car confirms that even the smaller details of period correctness were properly tended to. For example, the badges, the engine compartment detailing and even the correct, quilted insulation on the inner wings are all factory correct. As a classic Italian GT car in every sense, with equal measures of drivability, luxury, performance and style, this 400GT 2+2 is a true gentleman's high-speed coupé.
RM Auctions, The Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
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