One in all solely 247 produced, a Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Coupé joined McCartney’s storage in 1967. Lamborghini’s second manufacturing automobile, it got here after the 350GT of 1963, and forward of the legendary Miura. With seating for 4, the 400GT was powered by a 3,929cc V12 engine producing 324 horsepower, says Bonhams, which first auctioned McCartney’s automobile for £122,500 ($148,223) in 2011.
Seven years later, and having lived in climate-controlled storage at Lamborghini’s Hong Kong dealership, the automobile once more appeared at a Bonhams public sale. Solely this time it carried an estimate of £400,000 to £500,000 — 4 occasions its earlier value — and did not promote.
Regardless of solely being Lamborghini’s second manufacturing automobile, the 400GT was well-received. Reviewing the automobile in 1967, the UK’s Autocar journal mentioned it was “higher than all of the equal unique and home-bred equipment on this glamorous nook of the fast-car market.” The overview, cited by the 2018 Bonhams public sale itemizing, concluded: “To realize this degree of efficiency with out noise, fuss, temperament or drama is an achievement; within the time taken for growth, it’s nothing wanting sensational.”
McCartney later owned a 1972 Lamborghini Espada, which is alleged to have fallen right into a pond when Eastman failed to use the handbrake. When later making an attempt to promote the automobile, McCartney mentioned, in line with the e book “Stars, Automobiles & Infamy” by Martin Buckley: “It isn’t automobile … if you need a Lamborghini that is mint, and has by no means been in a pond, this is not the one.”