“We don’t have contests at Road & Track, but if we did there’s no doubt that the Lamborghini would rate as the Grand Touring car we’d most like to have” – US magazine Road & Track tests the Lamborghini 400 GT in October 1966.
A highly successful businessman with separate fortunes made from tractors and industrial heating, Ferruccio Lamborghini created a stir when he launched the first car bearing his name at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show.
The Carrozzeria Touring-designed 350 GT was a svelte two-seater granturismo with a mechanical specification far in advance of equivalent luxury Ferraris: effective sound-proofing, independent suspension front and rear, a powerful four-cam V12 by Giotto Bizzarrini, a five-speed gearbox and all-round disc brakes.
The car was superseded by the outwardly similar, but less sporting, 400 GT 2+2 two years later. As the bigger 2+2 was slowly introduced, buyers of the two-seater were offered the option of the new car’s larger, now 3,929cc V12.
This car, referred to today as a 400 GT ‘Interim’, is the rarest and most desirable version of the 350 GT and 400 GT dynasty.