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Coachwork by Touring
*Please note that the Borletti air conditioning described in the catalogue is a partial system.
Mamoru Morimura, Tokyo, Japan (acquired June 1968)Kojiro Ukiya, Tokyo, Japan (acquired from the above September 1975)Kasae Ukiya, Tokyo, Japan (acquired from the above January 1982)Asae Ukiya, Tokyo, Japan (acquired from the above January 2007)Private Collection, Washington (acquired July 2013)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida, March 2014
While spirited discussions on the motivation behind the establishment of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s automobile company continue, it certainly manifested his vision for the ultimate GT car. Having recruited some of the era’s finest engineers, including Giotto Bizzarrini and Gian Paolo Dallara, both refugees from the Ferrari “Palace Revolt,” development swiftly progressed from the Franco Scaglione-penned 350 GTV show car debuted at Torino in October 1963.
A clear challenge to Ferrari and Maserati, the 350 GTV body design was refined for production by Torino’s Carrozzeria Touring, while the 3.5-liter V-12 engine, chassis, and fully independent suspension were developed. Launched at Geneva in 1964, the 350 GT epitomized quality, style, and performance. Just 120 were followed by 23 4.0-liter 400 Interim GTs prior to the 400 GT 2+2.
A slight extension of the wheelbase, lowered floors, and subtly reshaped bodywork rendered the 400 GT 2+2 a discreet four-seater while remaining faithful to the lines of the 350 GT.
Carrozzeria Touring ceased operations in 1968, making this Lamborghini model the last major project for the Milanese coachworks. Carrozzeria Marazzi built the final examples using original Lamborghini-owned tooling. Production of the 400 GT ended in 1968, with as few as 242 built in all. Although the mid-engine Miura, which debuted at Geneva alongside the 400 GT 2+2, stole headlines, the 400 GT 2+2 established Lamborghini as a world renowned constructor of the world’s finest GT cars.
This 400 GT 2+2 is a late-production example, numbered 01213 and finished in specially ordered Amaranto (Red) paint and Senape (Mustard Tan) leather upholstery. Features included an AM/FM stereo radio, Borletti air-conditioning, full front and rear seat belts, iodine fog lamps, and a heated rear window. The Lamborghini was sold in Japan during 1968 and following arrival there, 01213 was road-registered “30 57” on June 10, 1968. Three Japanese owners followed, and then in mid-2013, the vehicle was exported to the US, where it joined a prominent collection in the Pacific Northwest. On a recent test drive, the 400 GT performed beautifully, as if the car remains just as it was in the late 1960s. Having traveled fewer than 11,700 km (7,270 miles) from new, this highly original 400 GT 2+2 is one of the most authentic and correct surviving examples in the world and a standard by which all others may be judged.