Michelle’s favorite car that he never gets to see.
Back in 1989 we received a phone call from Michelle Montale in regards to possibly restoring his 1967 Lamborghini GT 400 that he had purchased for over $250.000.00. He asked, “Hey, can I put some money into this car and make it look good “? I answered, “Let me see what kind of condition the car is in”. When we got the car it was red, well, sort of, and it had a tan interior. It was missing some essential and irreplaceable parts. For starters somebody had put wood in the windows to hold them up because the motors did not work. It had its usual rust under the back of the quarter panels and there were pieces missing to the windows.
We gutted the car completely and sent it out to get sand blasted. We did not need to pull the body of the chassis. We were determined to put back the original color so we looked through the layers of paint until we found that the original color was midnight blue. We then discovered that the original interior color was bone or parchment depending on who you were talking to.
GT400The suspension of the car was completely disassembled and sent to get powder coated. All the bushings and bolts were replaced with new ones. This was a challenge in itself because the metric bolts have an odd size pitch. There is one thing you have to understand – these cars were put together from all sorts of different parts. They were experimental cars. All Lamborghini wanted to do at the time was beat Ferrari. There were things like Gerling brakes on these cars (English ones). The detail to the interior was done by Fidel and boy, did he do a fantastic job! The seats, the center console and the headliner were extremely hard to replicate but he did on awesome job keeping it all looking original. The engine came out – what a fun job that turned out to be! Huge! It took a lot of detailing and polishing to make it look beautiful again. The hood pad was something else, too. It had some weird type of fiberglass padding with stitching and an aluminum strip to hold it in place but we were able to duplicate perfectly. The Borani wheels needed a great deal of work. They were sent out for repairs and polishing and came back looking just like they did from the factory along with there original stickers. This car turned out to be a real beauty when we were done. It even went on to win some shows. This is a good example of a real 1967 Lamborghini GT 400 that just sat and was preserved as if time stood still.