Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 (classic car)
The Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 is a collectible classic car built by the Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini.
Famous drivers of the 1967 400GT 2+2 include Beatles songwriter Sir Paul McCartney.
The 400GT 2+2 arose from Ferruccio Lamborghini’s quest to build a GT car that was without fault, aided by engineers and designers Gian Paolo Dallara and Gitto Bizzarrini.
350 GTV prototype
Bizzarrini had at the time been working on a design for a Formula One Engine, which would become the basis for Lamborghini’s new power plant. This engine was a four-cam V12 that displaced 3.5-liters and breathed through six two-barrel downdraft carburetors and had dry sump lubrication, offering 360 horsepower.
With a chassis comprised of square and round tubing and a body formed from lightweight aluminum, the resulting car was dubbed the 350 GTV. The car made its world debut at the Turin Motor Show in 1963, and was hailed as a rival to the performance of a Ferrari with the refinement of a proper GT.
As a successor to the 350 GTV, the 400GT 2+2 featured a four-liter version of the V12 and 320 horsepower plus additional torque.
While it was aesthetically similar to the 350GT, it had additional seating which required design modifications which included:
- raising the roof by a little more than two inches
- lowering the floorpan
- shrinking the rear window in size
- enlarging the car’s trunk
Rarity (1966 model)
The 400GT 2+2 was initially offered with a choice of either a 3.5-liter or four-liter engine.
Only a handful of two-seaters were built with the larger engine, today known as 'Interim' cars of which only 23 examples were ever built.
An ‘interim’ 1966 400GT 2+2 was sold at a Gooding & Company auction in Pebble Beach, CA. Appearing with a $285,000-$350,000, it sold for $330,000 including buyer's premium.
In 2008, a 1966 400GT 2+2 was offered for sale at RM Auctions’ 'Sports & Classics of Monterey'. Estimated at $175,000-250,000, it sold for $181,500 including buyer's premium.
Paul McCartney’s 1967 400GT 2+2
In May 2011, auctioneer Bonhams announced it would be selling a 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 once owned by Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney at 2011’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The right hand drive car carried a pre-sale estimate of £100,000–120,000.