1966 - 1968 Lamborghini 400GT
A serene grand-tourer, almost disconnected from Lamborghini’s supercar future
The Lamborghini 400GT is the second car ever built by Ferruccio Lamborghini’s company. The first car that used the designation was, essentially, a 350GT with a 4.0-liter V-12 under the hood and, otherwise, an identical body. Then, later, at Carrozzeria Marazzi, the body was modified by extending the roofline to host two more passengers in the back. This model became known as the 400GT 2+2.
The age-old story is that Ferruccio Lamborghini decided upon making cars after buying one of Ferrari’s products, a model from the vast 250 series. While being a grand tourer, Ferruccio thought that the Prancing Horse was nowhere near as comfortable to drive for extended periods of times as he would’ve liked. At that moment, he set about making a car of his own, funded with the money he’d gathered by building tractors. The first model was the 350 GT built by Carrozzeria Touring and then, two years later, the 400GT arrived and was picked up by Carrozzeria Marazzi when Touring closed its doors.
Unlike the 350GT, which was built by Touring using their patented aluminum Superleggera bodies, the 400GT came with heavier steel sheet metal and a few styling differences along the way. The headlights were different, for example, as the number doubled within each of the two housings that sprouted forwards from the hood. The end result was a machine that followed Ferruccio’s wishes to perfection. It’s sad to think that, now, Lamborghini no longer makes cars that follow Ferruccio’s ethos.