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Never Restored! 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2

Bellissimo! A delightful GT (Grand Touring) car of the highest order, Lamborghini’s 350 and 400 GT let drivers of significant means cover long distances, rapidamente, arriving in good spirits and high style. This never-restored 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 comes to auction at Pebble Beach, California, presented by Gooding & Company on 19 or 20 August, 2022. Tune in soon at GoodingCo for upcoming details. BarnFinds got the skinny on this magnificent classic, which will be offered as you see it here without Reserve. Expect a hammer price of $300,000 to $400,000, which could alternatively purchase enough Pebble Beach real estate to house a gelato cart. Thanks to reader Araknid78 for spotting this rare coupe.

The lifetime California GT features a septet sextet of two-barrel carburetors feeding the DOHC 3.9L (240 cid) V12. The combination makes about 316 HP, spinning a five-speed manual gearbox and a 4.08:1 final drive ratio, according to Supercars.

Elegantly modified from the original two-seater 350 GT, the Carrozzeria Touring bodied 400 GT 2+2 added room for two rear passengers without ruining the GT’s elegant proportions. That said, “+2” passengers should boast diminutive stature and/or an agreeable temperament. All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Mike Maez.

Full instrumentation keeps the driver informed, and enough unmarked levers and switches to thrill James Bond offer adjustments galore for the long drive to your seaside villa. Acres of black vinyl compliment the presumably leather seats. The passenger dashboard seems an appropriate location for the radio in an Italian touring car, as most pilots derive sufficient auditory excitement from the twelve piece orchestra up front. Originally sold to enthusiast Bob Estes, this one-of-224 classic accumulated about 52,000 miles before being parked in the 1990s, at which point the clock stopped on this road-going masterpiece, until recently. Presumably offered in as-found condition, the Golden-state Lamborghini could draw accolades in a round of survivor-class shows before a no-expense-spared restoration, or its well-preserved state might catch an owner’s fancy as a motorcar to be enjoyed and kept on the road as a never-restored driver. Jay Leno featured a 1967 400 GT 2+2 on his YouTube channel that’s covered over a quarter million miles! If you rubbed elbows with the Pebble Beach set, would you buy this V12 GT to drive or restore?

Comments

  1. RayT Member

    If I could come up with the scratch for this, I’d hand it to a trustworthy mechanic to have all operating systems checked out, then drive it. Later, I’d drive it more. It has clearly been used. So the only thing to do is use it some more.

    I still remember seeing one of these at an “exotic” car dealer back around 1978. It appeared to be in roughly the same condition, and I really, really wanted to buy that one. To this day, I’m not sure why; this doesn’t strike me as the most beautiful or even well-proportioned of Italian GT cars, but in person it is flat-out stunning.

    Lamborghini hit it out of the park with their early cars. Only the Miura is sexier….

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  2. Rudeman Member

    Bob Estes was the west coast distributor for Lamborghini.

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    • Howie

      My parents bought a car from his Inglewood CA dealership, also had Pantera’s there.

      Like 1
  3. Fahrvergnugen Fahrvergnugen Member

    Interesting. Goodings sold a near identical copy in 2019 featured in an episode of CCC where Wayne dug it out from a garage…

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  4. SMS

    The father of a friend in high school was a Ferrari man. He had a few of them in a variety of flavors. One day he brings home a 350 GT. Was amazed at how different it was from any of the Ferraris.

    It was handmade and so the fit and finish was a little off. Not in a bad way. It was like a hand blown piece of glass. The insulation was thin so you not only heard the exhaust note, but also the valves, and intake. You felt every bump, dip, and corner.

    It was how I pictured riding in a race preped Daytona. All the beauty and half the weight. It was sold after only a couple of years to go after a rare prancing horse. He did admit that the 350 GT was more fun and exciting to drive than any of his Ferraris.

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    • nlpnt

      Bueller?

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      • SMS

        Nope :-)

        My buddy was the cool one who got away with stuff.

        His dad was far from putting his cars in glass cases. He had a 60 something 330 GT with over 100k miles on it in 77. He drove the cars daily. Said that sitting is what ages Ferraris and keeping them moving keeps them happy.

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  5. wuzjeepnowsaab

    Wow does that have a Mazda Cosmos vibe or what. Or maybe I should say does the Cosmos have a Lamborghini 400gt vibe or what

    Like 4
  6. Sam61

    Dig it…I think it has more presence than an Aston Martin of that vintage. 007 would have to burn his Saville Row suits.

    Like 1
  7. Malcolm Boyes

    Lovely car but is it just me or does the cabin look like its lifted straight off a 911/912?

    • Mike

      It’s you. Looks nothing like a 911/912 interior. A little bit more like a Jaguar.

    • SMS

      Remember it looking very much like the Ferrari 330 with switches and lights. Could never imagine what all those lights went to. Even the angle of the steering wheel is almost the same.

  8. Rob

    Bellissima, always feminine for such a beauty.

    Like 4
  9. John Heller

    I wonder where they put the seventh carburetor?

    Like 1
    • Todd Fitch Staff

      John Heller – You win the prize! Clearly I should stay away from Latin, or perhaps writing in general. Indeed, seven musicians comprise a septet, and a sextet is six. I’ve corrected it above and left my gaff in Strikethrough font. Thank you Sir, for your polite and witty correction! I will now don my Dunce Cap and face the corner of the Internet. Cheers!

      Like 3
  10. KarlS

    Before Ferrari had double overhead cam engine.

    Like 1
  11. chrlsful

    how can U pour that much gasoline ina engine (6 DCOEs)?
    With your foot to the floor…
    Still, this is not about raw (usa style) power, eh?
    When (same yr as this) my buddies had GTOs, 442, etc
    and
    I had Alphas (& dreamed of these)
    I still liked small/foriegn/’handelers’. So did the co-eds that
    rode w/me…

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    • SMS

      Each cylinder is 20 CID or 325cc. Now think of a 350cc motorcycle engine. Each carb is feeding two of those motorcycle engines. When you look at it that way the carbs are sized correctly.

      A 240 CID motor in this turning 4000 RPM is the same volume as a 480 CID turning 2000 RPM. Volume means fuel. And man do these sound sweet reved up.

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  12. Malcolm Boyes

    I’m talking about the roof/cabin from windscreen to backlight..very Porsche..No??

    • SMS

      Oh, now I see what you mean. It does.

    • SMS

      Oh, now I see what you mean. It does.

  13. That Guy

    That price estimate seems low to me. I can’t imagine this going for less than half a mil.

  14. Mitchell

    A nice classic but it needs a deep interior cleaning and ext. polish.
    I assume the 12 pistons roar nice just as a Ferrari V 12 but as
    Enzo said to Ferrucio, “you should keep building agrar tractors
    but its a nice try”.

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