Date posted : May 11. 2018
On the 1965 Turin Auto Show, the public could admire a very special 350 GT, Touring had designed and built a convertible along the same lines as the closed model and designated it the 350 GTS (or 350 GT Spyder, as it was sometimes called). Only two were originally built, one was displayed on the Touring stand (the black/emerald green one #0328), the second, a gold over brown painted one, was put on the Lamborghini stand, #0325.
Only marginal modifications were made to the original car, the roof was removed naturally, the windows were altered and the trunk was redesigned to store the top. The dashboard and the central console in these GTS were also slightly altered and looked even better than those in the GT-version of the 350.
Touring even designed a hardtop for this car, because it was thought this car would go into reduced production. Touring was going through a very difficult period at that time, so production remained at only two cars, also Ferruccio wanted to create a quiet, all-weather car with top performance, and a convertible just didn't qualify, the hardtop was seen installed on the #328 black car.
The gold #0325 car came with engine #0304 and was finished in Nocciola Metalizzato Nitro over a Testa di Moro brown interior, she was registered in Milan, Italy before she was shipped to Kaplan New York on March 30. 1966. In 1979 she was offered for sale by Ed Ulrich for $39,000 … now finished in white or cream and fitted with the dual 400 GT 2+2 sealed-beam headlights, probably to comply with US regulations. She was sold to Al Burtoni with custom ‘350-GTS’ license plates on her, he kept her in storage for nearly 30 years before none other than Valentino Balboni restored her back to original specs for Swiss collection Albert Spiess over a period of six months.
The #0328 one had engine #0283 and came in Nero Acrilico over a verde interior, she was delivered to Odin in Madrid Spain on March 26. 1966, subsequently she was shown at the 1966 Barcelona Motor Show with Spanish plates. In 1972 the car changed hands again and was repainted in red, the black hardtop was still with the car when in 1982 she was sold to Prince Altani of Saudi Arabia, do note this car was for sale back in 1980 in the Netherlands by a dealer called Rudy Pas. Rumor has it Ubaldo Sgarzi inspected the car in Marbella before the car would be shipped to the factory for a full restoration in the late Eighties when she was returned to the original black.
During 1982, Automobili Lamborghini SpA performed a conversion on a 350 GT, chassis number #0160/engine #1395 was converted into a 350 GTS for a French customer. The owner remained anonymous and the third almost original 350 GTS disappeared, however some sources state the black 350 GTS seen at the factory in the Eighties was, in fact, the #0328 car from Prince Altani during restoration.
There are at least three Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 that have been converted into a convertible, chassis number 0577 and 1267 are now near identical twins, both finished in a light blue metallic shade, nr 0577 comes with a gray interior while the 1267 car has a cream leather upholstery. 0577 comes with the Touring logo in the side, 1267 not while 0577 has a single windshield wiper with 1267 having two wipers.
Originally the 400 GT 2+2 #0577 (engine #0524 and body #18988) was delivered in Grigio Argento and was converted in the USA in the Eighties, the 400 GT 2+2 #1267 on the other hand came from the factory in blue and was also turned into a Spyder in the Eighties in the US, in August 2009 the Lamborghini 400 GTS #1267 was sold for $154,000 at auction while in 2012 she was offered for sale in Germany, in August 2014 the #0577 car sold for $451,000 in Monterey.
A 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 with chassis number #0907 finished in Blu Notte was also converted into a Spyder in the Seventies by a body shop in France, back in 1997 she was sold to a collector in the Netherlands, during the 50th Anniversary Grande Giro in Italy another 400 GTS was seen, chassis number #01240 with engine #1385 … finished in black.
Today the two original 350 GTS are priceless, especially since only the whereabouts of #0325 are known, the #0328 hasn’t been seen since the late Eighties, so putting a price on these two is next to impossible, with the Miura Roadster being valued at $10,000,000 we might consider the 305 GTS being worth $5,000,000 or more … while the conversions are naturally less valuable, they still demand a serious amount of money to acquire … but they will never reach the level of exclusivity one the two 350 GTS will offer.
Text © Mark Smeyers - www.lambocars.com
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