Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 (classic car)

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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.

Car history

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.

400GT 2+2

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.

Notable sales

1966 model

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.

1967 model

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.

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