1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 
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The Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 was derived from the Freucio Lamborghini first production car, the Lamborghini 350GT. As legend has it, the successful tractor manufacturer entered into competition with Ferrari due to mistreatment by the Maranello firm with the aim to produce. A more refined, smoother grand turismo model than that of Ferrari. The first model was named the 350GT, master engineer Giotta Bitzarinni was turned to in order to design the 3.5l V12 dual overhead cam engine that would prove the basis of Lamborghini’s for the decade. Chassis design was entrusted to Giampalo Dillara after stints at Ferrari and Maserati. This was a partnership that would prevail and they would work together on many Lamborghini projects. Design was entrusted to famed Milaniase outfit of Touring Superlegerra, the “Super lightweight” system consisted of a structure of small diameter tubes to form the body shaped with thin alloy pressed to cover and strengthen this framework. The Touring Superleggera system gave great flexibility and allowed Touring to quickly innovate designs.

After 100 examples of the 350GT were 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’s. To make room for the addition of two rear seats the 400GT 2 + 2 roof line was extended by 55mm. Although both cars look remarkable similar, pretty much each and every body panel was different. The Bitzarinni 3.5L designed V12 engine was enlarged to 4.0L producing 320 HP, early 400GT 2 + 2 utilised a ZF gear box and salsbury back axel however half way through production these units were changed to in house Lamborghini unit, 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.

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as of 12/2/2020

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Car 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2
Exterior / Interior Color      Grey /      Red 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

The 400 GT 2 + 2 was a success, being reviewed by many magazine with huge praise, the Autocar Magazine voted it “ better than all the equivalent exotic and home bred machiney in the glamourous corner of the fast car market” Not only was the car easy on the eye and stylish “ 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. In total 224 cars were produced compared to the 100 350GT’s that were built. During the production of the 400GT 2 + 2 Touring would go bankrupt and it is thought that they would only produce the coachwork on the cars before chassis 1030 making these the truly valuable cars.

 

According to the Lamborghini 400 GT 2 + 2 registry and marque expert Marcell 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 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 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 in existance 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 sport the corresponding numbers. A truly time warp example of what is often considered as the first real Lamborghini.

 

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