The first Lamborghini GT manufactured by the Italian automaker was the 350 GT, created by the best team of engineers including Gian Paolo Dallara and Giotto Bizzarini. The Lamborghini 350 GT model was equipped with a V12 engine capable of producing 270 horsepower, but only 120 units became available on the market. The V12 engine of the Lamborghini 350GT was placed on top of the tubular steel chassis and featured a ZF gearbox, an independent suspension while disc brakes were used on all the tires. In 1965 at the London Motor Show an elegant coupe was displayed, a coupe inspired by Lancia and Alfa Romeo. This model was named Lamborghini 3500 GTZ, but only two units were built.
This Lamborghini GT evolved into the Lamborghini 400GT revealed at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show. This car was also designed by Carozzeria Touring, but the interior was improved and became more spacious. In 1966, the 400GT was introduced in production becoming available equipped with a 3.5-liter engine or a 4.0-liter V12 engine. The second version (4-liter V12 engine) was manufactured in only 23 units, was able to produce 320 horsepower and could achieve a maximum speed of 270 km/h. The 400GT was manufactured in only a few units and then it was replaced by the 400GT 2+2. This new configuration transformed the car into a more practical supercar offering more space for additional passengers in the rear seats. This Lamborghini GT was manufactured from steel while for the 400GT the engineers used aluminum. The feature which distinguished this car from the previous model was the double-oval headlights placed on the car’s front.
The Lamborghini 400GT also included a special edition called the 400GT Interim Monza featuring unique bodywork made by Neri and Bonacini. This car used mechanical components along with styling elements of the Ferrari’s legendary 250GTO series. But unfortunately only one of those was manufactured for an American customer who desired to race it at Le Mans. Despite the homologation problems, this Lamborghini GT was sold at the Barcelona Motor Show in 1966 to a Spanish businessman who owned it until 1990 when he passed away. The Lamborghini 400GT Interim Monza has been staying parked in a garage since 1970, having only 7,000 km on board.
This Lamborghini GT was equipped with a powerful 3.5-liter V12 engine producing 320 bhp and used the typical Lamborghini transmission and rear end. This car has also English-language Dynotype labels on the dashboard switches. The seating position is low while the interior is covered in black leather and sprinkled with toggle switches. Even if the inside is designed with limited headroom, the legroom available is plenty. As a result, the car is comfortable for racing.
When it comes to speed and the quality of a driving experience, the Lamborghini 400GT Interim Monza is able to sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 7 seconds. The ride is as good as you would expect it to be, considering we are talking about a 1960s car which has the damping well controlled. All the technical components help the driver to feel confident to push the acceleration, having the feeling that the car will take each corner without any problem.
This amazing car remains a supercar even nowadays, having a dramatic look and huge reserves of power. In 2005, the Lamborghini 400GT Interim Monza was sold for $315,000 at the annual Bonhams auction which took place at London Olimpia.
All the Lamborghini GT models brought something new in the car industry even if it was about engineering components or about the interior or exterior design.
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