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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lamborghini 400 GT Monza

Lamborghini is famous for its unique and powerful supercar. Of the many production some of which are made only on a limited basis and in fact only made one unit. Here is one supercar that only made one unit only by Lamborghini.

Here she is '1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Monza' was a one-off 2+2 seated sports car from Italian manufacturer Lamborghini. It as based on their 400 GT, but featured unique bodywork by Neri and Bonacini.
1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Monza. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1gwyeYx)
Giorgio Neri and Luciano Bonacini, who were already previously known for their work on the "Nembo" series of Ferraris, had been previously retained by Ferruccio Lamborghini to build the first prototype Lamborghini chassis and engine, the 350 GTV.
Right side view of 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Monza. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1gwyeYx)
They had acted as Lamborghini's chassis supplier, before turning that job over to Marchesi once production of the 350 GT was underway. Neri and Bonacini then turned their hand into their interpretation of a high speed Lamborghini GT sports car.
Dashboard view of 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Monza. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1gwyeYx)
Originally meant to be called the "400 GT Neri and Bonacini" the name was simply shortened to "Monza". The car was reportedly built for an American client for the possibility of racing it in Le Mans.
Rear side view of 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Monza. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1gwyeYx)
However, homologation problems put a quick end to that plan. The car was eventually sold of at the Barcelona Motor Show to a wealthy Spaniard, where it remained until the owner died in the early 1990s.
In 1996, Brooks (now Bonhams) was contacted by the family of the now deceased owner to appraise some other cars, when the 400 GT was discovered in storage. After nine years of negotiations, the car was finally put up for auction at Bonhams for a reported £160,000 to a UK collector. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES  | SUPERCAR.NET | BONHAM]
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