Lamborghini 400GT is First Produced
The Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 was a 2+2-seated sports car from the Italian manufacturer Lamborghini, successor to the 350GT. It was first presented at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show.
Compared to its predecessor the engine was enlarged to 3929 cc (240 c.i.), increasing the power to 320 bhp (239 kW). The 400GT 2+2 was actually a different body from the 350GT, with a longer wheelbase, different roofline, and some sheetmetal changes throughout the car. The larger body shape enabled the +2 seating to be installed in the rear, where the 350GT only had room for luggage or +1 seating. The bodywork was designed by Carrozzeria Touring. The 400GT 2+2 also had a Lamborghini designed gearbox, with Porsche style synchromesh on all gears, which greatly improved the drivetrain.
There was a variant of the 350GT with the 4L V12 fitted to it, which was called the 400GT. Only 23 of these smaller coupes were built, three of which had desirable aluminium bodywork.
A total of 247 units were built from 1966 to 1968, when it was replaced with the Islero.
A special, one-off version called the 400GT Monza was built by Neri and Bonacini, who had previously worked on the 350GT.
With the help and talents of engineers and designers, Gian Paolo Dallara and Gitto Bizzarrini, Ferruccio Lamborghini began a quest to build a GT car that was without fault. At the time, Bizzarrini had been working on a design for a Formula One Engine, which would become the basis for a new Lamborghini power plant. It was a four-cam V12 that displaced 3.5-liters and breathed through six two-barrel downdraft carburetors and had dry sump lubrication. In its initial form, it offered an impressive 360 horsepower. The engine was absolutely brilliant, and Dallara - who was 24 at the time - was tasked with creating an equally impressive design for the road-going gran turismo.
The car was given a chassis comprised of square and round tubing. The body was formed from lightweight aluminum. The result of this endeavor was dubbed the 350 GTV prototype which made its world debut at the Turin Motor Show in 1963. It was hailed as a sophisticated car that possessed the performance of a Ferrari with the refinement of a proper Gran Turismo.
The 350GT was later succeeded by the 400GT 2+2 which featured a four-liter version of the V12, and 320 horsepower plus additional torque. Though it was visually similar to the 350GT, it had additional seating which required several modifications to the design. The roof had been raised a little more than two inches and the floorpan was lowered. The rear window shrunk in size and the while the trunk did the opposite.
When the 400GT 2+2 entered production, it was offered with a choice of either the 3.5-liter or four-liter engine. Only a handful of two-seaters were built with the larger engine and these have come to be known as 'Interim' cars. Only 23 such cars were ever built, such as this example. This Ferrari 400GT is chassis number 0526 and engine number 0514. It was built in 1967 and was among the last of the Interim cars. It is painted in silver with red leather interior and was treated to a restoration by Brian Anderson's shop in Oceanside, California.
The current owner has owned this car since 2002, during which it has been well shown and awarded on numerous occasions. In 2007 it was awarded first in class in the Italian Class at the Palos Verdes Concours.
When Ferruccio Lamborghini moved from tractors to cars, he decided to make a car better than any Ferrari. His biggest problem with the Ferrari models was the lack of quality. So, with the best team possible - made of people like Gian Paolo Dallara and Gitto Bizzarrini - he started to design cars. After he revealed his first prototype the 350 GTV at the Turin Auto Show, he moved onto production models. The first one was called 350 GT, a model powered by a V12 engine that delivered 270 hp. Lamborghini made a total of 120 units.
The 350 GT then evolved into the 400 GT - a a 2+2-seated sports car revealed at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show. The 400 GT was also created by Carrozzeria Touring, but its interior was restyled, made roomier and so we have the 400 GT 2+2 four seater.
The 400 GT entered production in 1966 and was offered with either the 3.5-liter (known as 400 GT 2+2) or four-liter V12 engine (known as 400GT). The last one was built in only 23 units and are known as the ’Interim’ cars. The V12 engine delivered 320 hp and helped the car to hit a top speed of 270 km/h (167mph).
And even if Lamborghini was only at the beginning, the 400Gt had a special edition. It was called 400GT Interim Monza and featured unique bodywork by Neri and Bonacini.