22 May 1997
1967 LAMBORGHINI 400 GT CONVERTIBLE
COACHWORK BY TOURING
Blue with biscuit leather interior.
Engine: vee-twelve, twin overhead camshafts, two valves per cylinder, six twin choke Weber carburettors, 3,930cc, 330bhp at 6,500rpm; Gearbox: five-speed manual; Suspension: independent coil springs and telescopic dampers; Brakes: discs all round. Left-hand drive.
Ferruccio Lamborghini was passionate about exotic sports cars, and having owned several different models from the world's leading manufacturers, he decided that he could produce a better vehicle under his own name than those already on offer. He recruited Giotto Beizzarini, who's work he had admired at Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, and who had played a major role in the creation of the 250GTO. Initially Bizzarini created an all new 3.5 litre engine, which was to be the design basis for the new 350GT car. This new model was first displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in 1964 with the intention of beating Enzo Ferrari at his own game. Production in 1965 was 67 cars and for the Geneva Show of 1966 Lamborghini exhibited his new 400GT. Like the 350GT, coachwork was again by Touring of Milan, but the 400 GT featured 2 plus 2 or convertible coachwork. Various modifications were made to the bodywork, including smaller front and near screens and twin-headlamp dusters replaced the single recangular Cibie light used on the 350GT. Production of the 400GT in 1966 was a mere 97 and a Road & Track road-test feature announced that the Lamborghini was extremely quite and consequently a delightful grand touring car - far preferable to the equivalent Ferrari!
This particular car started life in 1967 as a Touring bodied 2+2, but the coachwork has subsequently been modified into that of a convertible 'spyder'. It is not known when this work was completed or by whom, but the standard of finsih certainly appears to be high and gives the impression of having been professionally undertaken. It is painted blue with biscuit leather interior and black hood - the overall condition is described as being good throughout. Features include electric windows and a Blaupukt stereo system. Christie's have not had the opportunity to test drive the car, but it is described by the vendor as running and driving well. It comes with French documents.
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