Friday, 1 November 2013

Lamborghini 400GT 2+2

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The Lamborghini 400GT is an exquisitely designed motor-car, rich in unique and alluring details; the swirling curves ahead of the front wheelarches, the way the domed rear canopy meets the origami tail, the cheeky frog-eye lights, the brashly-figured instrumentation. As with so many motoring icons it was borne of pure spite, which is perhaps surprising to the uninitiated, given its elegant form and friendly face.
Much like the Ford GT40 - although for very different reasons - the 400GT was built to annoy Enzo Ferrari. (Well, technicially it was this car's predecessor, the 350GT, but let's not split hairs.) The legend goes that Ferruccio Lamborghini, a tractor manufacturer with an appetite for sports cars, approached Enzo Ferrari to ask for a better-quality clutch for his 250GT. The clutch had failed, and he'd discovered that it was the same type he used for his tractors. The famously mercurial Enzo rebuffed Ferruccio, telling him that he was just a farmer and couldn't possibly know anything about sports cars. The 350GT (later available with a larger engine and a pair of rear seats to become the 400GT, as seen here) was Lamborghini's revenge. And the rest, as they say, is history.

SuckSqueezeBangBlow spotted this 2+2 at Salon Privé - it's a concours, matching-numbers example, and one of just half a dozen that left the factory in right-hand drive. Many people cite the Miura as the ultimate classic Lambo, but when you're up close to the 400GT it's impossible to find fault with it - it's just such a flawlessly beautiful machine. Of course it's a GT, rather than a supercar like the Miura, so you could always have both...

Click here for more photos from Salon Privé 2013.

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