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1966 - 1968 Lamborghini 400GT

1966 - 1968 Lamborghini 400GT
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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.

 

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1966 - 1968 Lamborghini 400GT

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.

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1963 Lamborghini 350GTV

1963 Lamborghini 350GTV

For a man that used to build tractors, a concept car like 350GTV was a big step forward. Ferruccio Lamborghini created Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in 1963 and the 350GTV was the first prototype he made. The concept previewed the the later 350 GT, the first car ever made by Lamborghini.

You will ask why a tractor constructor decided to move on supercar? It seems that Ferruccio - a very wealthy man at that time - had some problems with his personal Ferrari. When trying to talk with Enzo Ferrari he received an answer he really didn’t liked: "You should stick with building tractors and let me concern about the cars." You can imagine how angry Ferruccio was, so he decided to create his own dream car. And we do not want to be means, but we might say it would have been better for Enzo Ferrari to pay a little attention to him at that moment!

The 350GTV - a prototype built in only one unit - was built at the tractor factory at Cento because the one in Sant’Agatha was not ready yet. The car made its first public appearance at the 1963 Turin Auto Show.

The concept was designed by Franco Scaglione and built by Giorgio Neri and Luciano Bonacini. It was finished in a bright metallic blue and featured a black leather interior.

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