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.
Lamborghini made only one of those and initially was created for an American client who wanted to race it at Le Mans. But due to homologation problems, the car was sold of at the Barcelona Motor Show to a wealthy Spaniard where it remained until the owner died in the early 1990s. The 400 GT Monza was auctioned in 2005 at Bonhams’ annual London Olympia at a price of $315.000
Production of the 450 GT stopped in summer 1968 with a total of 250 models.