1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2

1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupe
Chassis #: 01252
Engine # 1418
Sold for $280,500 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona.
During its two year production period, the 2+2 outsold the two seater almost two-to-one. It had a U.S. list price of $14,750, and, at 242 sold (some sources say 247), was one of Lamborghini's more popular model.

The prototype of the 350GTV was shown at Turin in November of 1963. Although it was not ready for production when unveiled, it was given a lukewarm reception by the press. The chassis was by Neri & Bonacini and its Scaglione-style body was by Sargiotto. The styling was later passed on to Carrozzeria Touring of Milian for refinement. With its new aluminum-alloy superleggera coachwork, the new Lamborghini was given a warm reception at Geneva in March of 1964. Production was contracted out to Marazzi. The V-12 performance and excellent handling were courtesy of Bizzarrini, with top speed in excess of 150 mph.

Two years later, the car evolved into the 400GT 2+2. This new car had vestigial rear seating and subtle styling alterations while residing on the same 100.4-inch wheelbase. It was given four headlights to help differentiate it from its predecessor. The floor pan was lowered, and the roof was raised 2.6-inches. Additional interior room was found by revising the upper and lower rear control arms in the front to the rear arrangement. An additional windshield wiper was added, and the body was produced in steel. It had a single 23 gallon fuel tank which replaced the dual 10.5-gallon tanks on the previous model.

Under the bonnet, the 3.5-liter engine was enlarged to 4 liters. Horsepower increased from 280 to 320. Suspension was double wishbones with four-wheel disc brakes, along with a Lamborghini-built five-speed gearbox designed by Chief Engineer Gian Paolo Dallara, replacing the ZF-derived gearbox.

This Car
This Lamborghini, chassis number 1252, was the 216 example produced. It wears Touring production number of 23966. An important collection acquired this car in 2009. Prior to that, it was owned by a business owner in Carmel, California since the late-1970s.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's Scottsdale Auction. It was estimated to sell for $275,000-$375,000.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2013
1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupe
Chassis #: 01213
Sold for $682,000 at 2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona.
The 400GT 2+2 debuted at the Geneva Salon in March of 1966. The styling resembles the earlier 350GT and 400GT, but it is a very different car. Most notably, the car features improved headroom as well as room to thrill two more people on every drive. The trunk capacity as well as the back window, were both modified, adding to the unique appearance.

This car is one of only 224 examples built. It was finished October 4th of 1967 and had been specially ordered by MITSUA, the official Japanese Porsche Distributor, as there was no official agent for Lamborghini in Japan. The car was registered and driven sparingly, only 11,609 kilometers, over the next 45 years by one owner.

It still retains 100% of the original paint, the entire original interior and is numbers matching. It is the most original and correct surviving example in the world.

1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupe
Chassis #: 1183
Engine # 1256
Sold for $577,500 at 2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey.
This Lamborghini 400GT was manufactured on October 17th of 1967 and delivered new in Milano, Italy to dealer Lamborcar. It has a known history since 1973, when it was documented in the care of John Hall of Alabama. Mr. Hall traded or sold the car to David Heinz Imports in Alabama in 1974, who then sold it to Richard Johnson of Florida. Mr. Johnson owned the car until 1980 when it was sold to Kenneth Gould. Mr. Gould retained the car for over 20 years. The next owner was Jacques di Pozzo Borgo, who had it for approximately six years before selling it to Rick Botting of Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2014, it was sold to Kenneth Sterne of G And S Motors.

This car was cosmetically restored in 2009 through 2015.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2016
1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupe
Chassis #: 01294
Engine # 1508
Sold for $390,500 at 2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
Just 242 examples of the 400 GT 2+2 were produced. This example is highly original and unrestored. It is a Southern California garage find fitted with its original engine. It was sold new in Los Angeles, arriving in January of 1968. The first owner was the Big Boy Manufacturing Company of Burbank. The next owner was Russell Lamb who purchased it in February of 1976. Mr. Lamb drove the car only briefly and it was last road-registered in 1976 before it was placed into garage storage. Mr. Lam performed some engine work on the car around 1978, but it was never completed, and the vehicle is not presently running. Currently the odometer shows 79,195 miles.

The car is finished in its original Amaranto livery and has its original Senape pigskin leather interior with period amenities including an air-conditioning unit mounted in front of the glove box and a forward-facing radio unit, likely dealer-installed, mounted between the front seats. Period white-stripe Pirelli tires, original glass, the original data/ID tags, quilted underhood and firewall insulation, an original key, and even a Lamborghini In Rodaggio road-test sticker are also included with the car.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016
Ferruccio Lamborghini had built a significant amount of wealth as a tractor builder. When he bought a Ferrari he expected a vehicle with superior performance and few problems. What he got was a car that did have superior performance but was plagued with mechanical difficulties. Upon returning the vehicle to the Ferrari shop and complaining about the lack of build quality, Enzo Ferrari replied 'You should stick with building tractors and let me concern about the cars.' Ferruccio was so enraged, that he began a new quest - to build proper supercars that had performance and quality.

Bizzarini, a brilliant engineer, had just left Ferrari and was a suitable candidate to build Lamborghini a twelve-cylinder engine. Franco Scaglione, an employee of Sargiotto located in Turin, was tasked with designing a new vehicle for the newly formed Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. Scaglione's resume included work such as the Alfa Romeo BATs and the ATS 2500 GT. Sargiotto Bodyworks were responsible for the metal work while Neri & Bonacini were given the task of building the square tube steel chassis. The result was a prototype labeled the Lamborghini 350 GTV and first displayed at the 1963 Turin Auto Show. The interior was leather while the finish was a bright metallic blue color. The engine was not installed in the car because it would not fit. The vertical carburetors were too large and did not fit under the hood. Only recently has the vehicle been restored and the chassis was altered to allow room for the engine.

After the Turin Show, Carlo Anderloni of Touring was brought in to redesign the 350 and prepare it for production. The design was smoothed out and the pop-up headlights were replaced with units that were gracefully incorporated into the hood of the vehicle. The 3.5-liter V12 with twin overhead camshafts and six twin-choke Weber carburetors was placed horizontally between the camshafts in order to fit under the hood. Along with the redesign, the engine was detuned because Ferruccio Lamborghini desired a smooth running, refined engine rather than a highly-tuned racing power-plant. Horsepower dropped from 350 to 270. A 320 horsepower version was available as optional equipment.

In 1964 Ferruccio Lamborghini debuted the production version, the 350 GT, the V had been dropped, to the public at the Geneva Auto Show. The car was powered by a Giotto Bizzarini designed 12-cylinder engine, sat atop a tubular steel chassis, and featured independent suspension and a ZF gearbox. Disc brakes were placed on all four tires. This was Lamborghini's first serial-production GT vehicle. Producing 280 horsepower, the 350 GT was a formidable contender with the other super-cars of the day.

Two shortened chassis's were sent to Zagato, renowned for their lightweight construction, to create alternative creations to the Touring design. Ercole Spada of Zagato was given the task of designing the body. The result was a very elegant coupe that drew inspiration from previous work such as Lancia and Alfa Romeo racers. It was shown at the 1965 London Motor Show under the name Lamborghini 3500 GTZ. Only two examples were ever created. One was retained by the factory while the other was sold to a customer after the show.

Another coachbuilding factory was commissioned in the mid-1960s to create a mid-engined supercar. It was known as the Miura and was powered by a four-liter V12. In 1966 the four-liter engine was available in the front-engined Lamborghini as optional equipment. This version became known as the 400 GT. A few examples were built before it was replaced by the 400 GT 2+2. The two-plus-two configuration made the supercar a little more practical, allowing room for additional occupants in the rear seats. The design of the 2+2 varied slightly from the 400 GT. The 2+2 was constructed of steel while the 400 GT used aluminum. The most distinguishable difference was the double-oval headlights in the front of the 2+2.

In 1966 a Lamborghini 400 GT Monza prototype was created that carried the mechanical components of Lamborghini with styling reminiscent of Ferrari's legendary 250 GTO series. The design was handled by Neri & Bonacini and was shown to the public at the 1966 Barcelona Motor Show. It was sold to a wealthy Spanish individual who used the vehicle as a daily driver. It was put into storage in the early 1970's with the odometer reading just 7,000 km's. It remained in possession of the family until the owner's death in the mid-2000's. Bonham's Auction had the pleasure of offering the vehicle up for auction at the 2005 London Olympia sale where it was sold for $315,000.

During its introductory year, only thirteen examples of the 350 GT version were created. Around 120 examples were created in total and all were mostly hand-built. Since these were mostly hand-built, specifications and designs may vary. For example, most of the 400 GTs intended for the US market were given four round headlights, however, a few had larger oval units that were common on the 350 GT.

There were about 224 examples of the 400 GT 2+2 constructed. Five examples being right-hand drive.

The 350/400 GT Series represent Lamborghini's intention to construct the finest Grand Touring autombiles ever assembled. Many automotive journalists at the time hailed the cars as being better than equivalent exotic machinery.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006

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