Or how a disgruntled Ferrari customer creates his own iconic car brand, that’s the myth around the sports cars built by Ferruccio Lamborghini.
The story commences at the 1963 Geneva Motorshow. The Lamborghini 350 GTV concept is the star of the show. A daring and graceful design by Franco Scaglione, a chassis designed in Modena and an engine by Giotto Bizzarini are the result of the efforts by the disgruntled tractor builder Ferruccio Lamborghini. In a short period of time he managed to gather the people around him he needed to proof that he was quite able to build better cars than Ferrari did.
The start of a glorious brand with a great history. With some slight modifications to design and engineering the Lamborghini 350 GT is the first serie built car from Sant’Agata Bolognese. In and around this rustic Italian village everything breaths Lamborghini. From the early sixties on every new Lamborghini was born here. Carrozzeria Touring is responsible for the final design of the 350 GT and the successor, the 400 GT 2+2. With the graceful and characteristic design of all the early Lamborghini’s. Not as distinct as the later ‘bulls’ from Sant’Agata Bolognese, but unmistakably the godfather of many a beautiful car.
Jent is a true Lamborghini enthousiast. Attracted by the beauty and impressed by its performance. The 400 GT 2+2 has been in his possession for quite some time and it is hard to imagine that there are many other 400 GT owners that use their cars as frequently as Jent does. It’s a car that brings instant joy, so he uses it for every possible occasion. Almost every event of the Dutch Lamborghini Club is attended, but even a long tour to and around Italy do not cause a problem. Come rain or shine, the 400 GT 2+2 does what it was made for. Being beautiful and be a joy to drive. And when that beautiful engine is warmed up nicely, there is no holding back on changing back a gear when passing a tunnel just to enjoy that magic noise.
The twin head lights, the rear ‘seat’ and the larger 4.0 litre engine are the main differences to the 350 GT. These days almost every 400 GT 2+2 carries the ‘Carrozzeria Touring’ badge, but not many people know that following the bankruptcy of this renowned firm the rest of the 400 GT 2+2’s production run was completed at Carrozzeria Marazzi, who later also built the bodies of the Lamborghini Islero and the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale. Craftsmen that have built the most incredible creations under their own name.
Jent doesn’t even try to hide it, he loves Italian cars, the good life and everything that comes to it. With a lot of sympathy for other cars and respect for their respective owners, but character wise Jent simply is a genuine Lamborghini man. He enjoys the beauty and the extreme character of a Lamborghini. The styling and character of a Lamborghini reflect Jent’s feeling of style perfectly.