2022 | Pebble Beach Auctions
1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2
Coachwork by Touring
$300,000 - $400,000| Without Reserve
Lovely Patina on an Original Example of Lamborghini’s V-12 Grand Tourer
One of Approximately 247 Examples Built; Rare US-Delivery Model
Recently Discovered Time Capsule, California-Garage Find
Kept by One Owner for 53 Years; Still Wears Original California Black Plates
Retains Matching-Numbers Engine and Original Touring Body per Factory Records
3,929 CC DOHC Alloy V-12 Engine
Six Weber 40 DCOE 2 Carburetors
320 BHP at 6,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Front and Rear Independent Coil-Spring Suspension
Bob Estes’ Lamborghini West, Inglewood, California (acquired new in 1966)
Dr. Samuel Baskerville, Bakersfield, California (acquired via Vasek Polak in 1968)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Introduced at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini 400 GT was an evolution of the company’s first model, the 350 GT. As the name implied, engine displacement was increased to four liters, and greater overall length accommodated four seats in 2+2 configuration. The final evolution of the Lamborghini grand touring models, the 400 GT 2+2 has grown to be recognized for its deft pairing of performance and elegance, as this very original example – chassis 0571, finished in Rosso Alfa (Alfa Red) over black interior – demonstrates wonderfully.
One of only 247 examples believed built, this rare US-delivery model was imported new to Lamborghini dealer Bob Estes of Inglewood, California, on July 25, 1966, according to factory records reported in correspondence with Lamborghini ambassador and illustrious former chief test-driver Valentino Balboni. Estes himself was a well-known racer, constructor, and founding father of the USAC racing series, who had acquired the western US-distribution rights for Lamborghini before co-founding Beverly Hills Porsche-Audi in 1969.
By 1968, 0571 was offered for sale by another famous California racer and sports car dealer, Vasek Polak. Records indicate Polak sold the car to Dr. Samuel Baskerville of Bakersfield, California, on January 18, 1968. Dr. Baskerville would keep the car for the next 53 years before it was discovered by the current owner in 2021 following decades in storage.
Still in the state it was found, 0571 offers a time capsule view into the Southern California sports car scene in the late 1960s. Polak’s dealership license frames still hold the original California black plates issued to the car. Service receipts from the legendary Modena Sports Cars in Hollywood, California, spanning two decades, were found in the glove compartment. Windshield decals from the Automobile Club of Southern California and the Kern County Racing Association paint a picture in time of a So-Cal culture steeped in high-performance automobiles.
Stampings and data plates appear to confirm that this example retains its matching-numbers engine per accompanying factory records. Included with the car is a scissors jack, California registration receipts from 1968, 1977, and 1979, service records, and a period aftermarket radio.
Refreshingly untouched and complete, it is extraordinary to find such a rare and exotic thoroughbred hidden from view for as long as 0571 has slumbered. Last registered through May 1987 and showing 51,593 miles at the time of cataloguing, this is an iconic Italian gran turismo frozen in time. A straightforward recommissioning which retains its wonderful patina of decades of stewardship, or a concours restoration which invites entry into the world’s premier motoring events – both are exciting opportunities for this astonishing, time-warp Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2.
*Please note that this vehicle has been in long-term static storage and may not be currently operational. It will require mechanical attention prior to road use.