After 100 examples of the Lamborghini 350GT had been manufactured, at the 1966 Geneva Motor show Lamborghini would unveil its new, more refined 400GT 2+2 in direct competition to the Ferrari 250 GTE. To make room for the addition of two rear seats the 400GT roof line was extended by 65mm. Although both cars look remarkably similar pretty much each and every body panel was different. The Bizzarrini designed 3.5l V12 engine was enlarged to 4.0l, still producing 320 HP but 500rpm earlier. Early 400GT utilised a ZF gearbox and Salisbury back axle but half way through production these units were changed to in house Lamborghini units, making this the first real Lamborghini, with all major components being produced in house. All these developments came at quite a pretty price, costing £5,615 compared to a new Ferrari 275 GTB/4 costing £6,444.
According to the Lamborghini 400 GT Registry and marque expert Marcel Wallenburg, chassis number 0934 was completed with engine 0896 and Touring Superleggera body number 23877. It is thought that chassis 0934 was delivered though the Lambocar Concessionaire of Milan in May 1967 in Grigio Argento over Rosso interior. According to the Publico Registro Automobilistico of Milan the first owner of this car was Robert Sterzenbach SPA, a prominent silk manufacturing business. Records from the Automobile Club D’Italia confirm that the car was registered in the Milano district under registration number FO2855. According to this document, Schwarzenbach SPA would keep the car until 1976 when the registration number was cancelled. An invoice from Schwarzenbach SPA shows the sale of this 400GT to Mr Louis Boeglin on the 25th October 1976. It would stay with Mr Boeglin until 2020 when acquired by the current owner.
This very special Lamborghini must be one of the last remaining, preserved 400GT 2+2’s in existence today and would be a welcome entrant to any concours preservation class. It is very rare to find a car that has never been restored and is simply in preserved condition. The paint is thought to be original across the body, the interior is in very good condition and thought to be the original leather, including original fixtures and fittings. This Lamborghini retains its original body tags and sports the corresponding numbers. A truly time warp example of what is often considered the first real Lamborghini.
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This beautifully preserved example has to be one of the last example that has not been restored. Original presented in Grigio over a red interior, this example is though to have retained its original paint work and red leather interior.
“ The engine is so smooth and so nearly silent that it is hard to believe that 12 pistons and 24 valves are shuttling up and down just ahead of one’s feet” Autocar 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 road test.
The beautifully preserved red interior contrast with the original grigio exterior. The dashboard, steering wheel and instruments are all well preserved with the odometer reading 64,230 KM.
A fantastic 997 with great option and a phenomenal colour