Large tourist groups of Lamborghini front engine (part IV)

Large tourist groups of Lamborghini front engine (part IV)


The 350GT was the first Lamborghini production car and, as we learned in our last entry, was very fast 350GTV model modification. And although the GTV was thinner than the GT, the old weaknesses included a very low level of company-based V12, as well as a general lack of practicality.

Implementation was the word to watch in the 350GT development. The 2 + 1 major tourist coupé enhanced the vision of Ferruccio Lamborghini, as a well-enhanced Ferrari decorator. There were only 120 models of the 350GT released before its successor joined the ranks. The new car had a large engine that provided more power but looked very similar to its brother. Discover 400GT.

Certainly not a pure sheet structure, 400GT entered production in 1966. That was the last year of the 350GT release, but as we will learn shortly thereafter, real The 400GT was not quite ready. 1966 was a pivotal year for Lamborghini when it launched its second model, a vehicle that introduced the largest automotive bridge: the Miura.

Miura was not an affordable project for the Lamborghini, and the development dollars needed for a bold mid-engine car meant that a major tourism company had to keep going without major visual changes. Will customers be able to identify between 350 and 400 from abroad?

It depended on their level of observation. The main difference between the two cars was the arrival of closed quad-beam headlights, as four 400GT lenses replaced two 350GT ovoid headlights. Aside from the headlights, the remaining part of the front part remained unchanged while the coupe shifted to a new design. The bumper and grille were carried high, such as corner markers and wheels. Some models received a small chrome bar that fastened and attached two parts of the bampa corners together (shown).

On the side, viewers will see the arrival of chrome glass. Sometimes only the driver got a mirror, and sometimes the passenger got it too. These mirrors were also available with black caps instead of chrome. Although the roof kept the base shape the same as in the 350GT, the 400GT received a slightly higher layer. This resulted in the glass area more general, another practical nod. More on that in a moment.

In the past, the average viewer would not have noticed any difference between 350GT and 400GT. Further detection can detect the movement of the radio antenna: at 350, it was on the right side of the trunk, near the breaking light. The 400GT saw its move towards the left, over the rear fender. Lighting, outdoor glass, roof and antenna area were the only external differences between Lamborghini’s first two visiting coupés.

Since the 400-year-old body remained the same as its predecessor, it was always built by Carrozzeria Touring and they used their Superleggera construction method. The 100.4-inch wheel was mounted, just like the overall height of 176 inches. The width was the same between the two by 68 inches. its predecessor. As one would expect with an increase in engine size, the 400GT was also heavier: it weighed £ 3,245, slightly more than the 350GT of 3,197 pounds.

Another extra weight was also due to the large area with the roof glass raised and the main difference in the 400GT interior: another seat! The unusual 350GT 2 + 1 design saw one rear passenger sitting in the middle of the car. In 400GT the extra height of the roof meant there was space for 2 + 2 seats; two real human beings would fit in the back seat.

Elsewhere, the interior remained the same during the transition from 350GT to 400GT, with the exception of one notable one. It appeared that earlier models of 350GT had no radio, and it became an option later in the run. The 400GT had a special space on the passenger side of the dashboard where the radio could be installed on a rectangular panel. In most 350GT models this panel did not exist and the desk displayed the Touring logo in this area.

To create the 400GT power, the Lamborghini took a 3.5-liter Bizzarrini Vizzarrini and expanded it to 3,929cc. Experienced readers will see the name of the new car should were 390GT, but 400 looked much better. 3.9 was the second of many V12 expansion mechanisms, and retained a 3.5 sump moisture sump. Note that the GTV model race promised 320 horsepower (but the engine was never installed), and when dealt with a production vehicle, the figure dropped to 280 horsepower.

Transmission growth was due to natural V12 shortcomings, as 3.9 delivered horsepower 380 and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine upgrade was incredible in terms of power and was easy enough to do on the old 350GT that some owners changed their engine a few years after getting the Lamborghini. When Miura started in 1966, it used 3.9 liters of new and stored for the rest of its life. This engine design had a long life in Lamborghini and lasted until the 70s.

Lamborghini put the distribution of its design in the 400GT and removed the ZF box that it had used on its first car. From a five-speed influence, the new Lamborghini receiver focused on synchromesh on both gears and made it easier for 400 to drive. But this was not the only change in technology and housing.

400 used the Pirelli Cinturato tire. Pirelli’s diagram above describes better than your author, because the person who is not so scientist. Pirelli’s invention was the first ever-spinning tire and was first released in 1952 when it was marketed as Cintura. Pirelli changed his name to Cinturato in 1963.

Cinturato became the standard device of high-end Italian cars for about three decades, until the 1970s. Many modern passenger car tires are based on the Cinturato design.

The 400GT was ready for its debut at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show, but it didn’t go into production immediately: there was a very small run of the storage model! Although the upgraded 3.9 liters was ready for use, the 350GT upper body roof version was not. When the new Lamborghini started production in 1966, the 400GT was called “Interim”.

Time had new lights and a new engine, but a 2 + 1 body and 350GT interior. Only 23 Time models were made before production was converted to actual 400GT 2 + 2 in late 1966 or early 1967. Lamborghini created a very rare unit of 400GT and Time, which was less commonly used than other models (but later more valuable. ) The most common, 224 models of 400GT 2 + 2 were developed, in a short production period that lasted until 1968.

As soon as the 400GT expired, Lamborghini was ready with another large group of tourists. This one had a completely new style and looked more modern than its predecessor. Basically, it could also be the most beautiful Lamborghini ever made. In our next issue, we will cover the unique 400GT version that has been released and talk about the stylish Islero.

[Images: Lamborghini, Pirelli, YouTube]

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