|The Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2, a four seater ?|
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Most people only know the dramatic, ultra-high performance cars from Sant'Agatha, like the Miura or Countach,
they only offer - sometimes even barely enough - space for two. But Ferruccio Lamborghini didn't start by building
these legends, he actually wanted to build cars like the 400 GT 2+2, a smooth-running, easy to drive Gran Turismo.
The 400 GT 2+2 qualified both of these criteria, and also offered comfort and a frightning top speed, it was first shown to the public on the March 1966 Geneva Auto Show.
The 350 GT and the 400 GT 2+2 look very much alike, but closer examination reveals quite a lot of differences, actually almost no body panel can be interchanged between them, partly because the 400 GT 2+2 had an all-steel body.
The 4OO GT 2+2 is also some 65 mm taller than the 350 GT, it might not look as exciting as a 350 GT, but the 400 GT 2+2 was produced in greater numbers, it is however still considered a rare sight. The first difference you notice are the quad headlights, who replaced the awkward looking oval units, and which were needed to comply with the U.S. Safety Laws.
From the 400 GT 2+2 on, Lamborghini built its own transmission and differential, this way Ferruccio could asure himself of almost all the pieces he needed to built 'his' cars.
The 400 GT 2+2 was a good seller, totalling at 224 units it outsold the 350 by more than 100 units, however the two extra seats costed about $ 500 each, a rather stiff fare in 1966. If you look for an early Lamborghini, try the 400 GT 2+2, it will be easier to find, and, thanks to the steel body, cheaper and easier to restore, some bodyparts are actually still available.