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Car Tales: A Gorgeous 'Lambo' 400GT

‘I vividly recall being at Pebble Beach for Car Week at the RM Auction. Sitting in front of the parking lot was a gorgeous gunmetal grey Lamborghini 400GT. The car looked like you’d not only want to drive it but also put it in your living-room as a piece of art. These 400GTs were so beautifully designed. As only 247 of them were manufactured in total, it’s an honor that since that auction at Beverly Hills Car Club I have had and sold two of these very rare classic cars. What a blessing.
‘At the moment, for example, Beverly Hills Car Club has a rare and iconic 1967 Lamborghini 400GT in a gorgeous color combination of red with an elegant sand beige interior. This extremely sought-after Italian sports car comes equipped with a manual transmission, Weber carburetors, 3-spoke wood steering wheel, power windows, toggle switches, 4-wheel disc brakes, and desirable Borrani wire wheels. Also included with this vehicle are receipts totaling over $76,000 in minor and major services. This is an excellent original California car and it would make a strong addition to any classic car collection.

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‘My father would tell me how in the early 1970s in London he would from time to time see Rod Stewart leaving clubs and climbing into his ‘Lambo’, as Rod would call it, always of course with a beautiful girlfriend. He thought the car’s color was yellow – though he admitted that he might have been confusing this with the color of Rod’s suit!
‘History often repeats itself and I myself in more recent times have seen Rod Stewart driving in Beverly Hills, in a Lamborghini Diablo, again always with a lovely girlfriend – the Diablos were produced between 1990 and 2001. So one of the many good things about Lamborghinis is that, just like their owners, they are always consistent.And consistency was what Ferruccio Lamborghini was seeking when he first developed the marque.
‘The story of how this came about has become almost apocryphal.
‘The owner of a Ferrari GT, Ferruccio felt there were certain design deficiencies in his vehicle: for example, that on long journeys the car was not as comfortable as he felt it should be. Accordingly, he contacted Enzo Ferrari to tell him his complaints. Enzo was not in the mood to offer any salve: he simply dared Ferruccio Lamborghini to do better.
‘And as a successful manufacturer of tractors and related machinery, possessed of the wherewithal in both finances, talents, and abilities, Ferruccio Lamborghini vowed to do precisely that, and at a cheaper price than that of a Ferrari.
‘Accordingly, Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A., as the new company was named, with manufacturing facilities in Bologna in northern Italy, debuted its prototype Lamborghini 350GTV at Turin in Italy in late November 1963. This was soon followed by series production of the two-seat touring-styled 350GT. Yet after 120 examples had been built, it was replaced by the 4.0-liter, interim two-seat 400GT. This was essentially the older 350GT with an enlarged 3,929cc V12 engine. Only 23 of these cars were produced, three of them featuring aluminum bodywork.
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‘The second 400 GT, commonly known as the 400 GT 2+2, had a different roofline, and minor sheetmetal changes compared to the 350 GT and first 400 GT.
‘It was first presented at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show. The larger body shape enabled the +2 seating to be installed in the rear, where the 350 GT only had had room for luggage or +1 seating. The 400 GT 2+2 also had a Lamborghini-designed gearbox with greatly improved Porsche-style synchromesh on all gears.
‘When leaving the factory the 400 GT was originally fitted with Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 tyres (CN72). The 400 GT 2+2, 400 GT Interim and the 350 GT all shared the same 2,550 mm (100.4 in) wheelbase.
‘A total of 23 units of the 400 GT Interim and 224 units of the 400 GT 2+2 were built from 1966 to 1968, when it was replaced by the Islero. Moreover, the price of a Lamborghini 400 GT was about 80 per cent of that of a Ferrari GT.
‘I know, however, that Rod Stewart, always famous for being careful over cash, would have been delighted.
-Alex Manos, Owner

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