Joseph De­meo

LAM­BORGH­INI 400GT

Classic Sports Car - - Letters -

Re­storer Joseph De­meo had a week to re­mem­ber in Mon­terey, join­ing pal Robert Ross in bring­ing his su­perb 1966 Lam­borgh­ini 400GT to his home con­cours on Ocean Av­enue, fresh from a win at the Hills­bor­ough Con­cours d’el­e­gance. The car took the top gong in Carmel, and was awarded ‘Best Post-war Sports 1961-1975’ at The Quail.

“My friend Bruce Mil­ner’s ATS won Best of Show last year,” says De­meo. “He had no idea peo­ple cared for the car so much – and that’s been the case with this one. We gave it a de­but at Hills­bor­ough just to see what kind of re­ac­tion it would get, and picked up the ex­hibitors’ award. Then they asked us to stay a mo­ment longer for Best of Show, and it was the same at Carmel.

“We won by a con­sid­er­able mar­gin, and to have 29 judges come to a de­fin­i­tive de­ci­sion, against a class of cars like those at Carmel, makes you feel pretty good. The restora­tion took two years. There was a well-cu­rated re­build done about 15 years ago by mar­que ex­pert Gary Bo­bil­eff, who I’ll pay re­spect to, but I cut my teeth in the Porsche world [he is a three-time win­ner of the Porsche Club of Amer­ica’s pres­ti­gious Man­hat­tan Con­cours Tro­phy] and Porsche peo­ple are an­other level when it comes to de­tail and prepa­ra­tion. I’ve tried to trans­late that into this 100-point en­vi­ron­ment, where they’re look­ing for orig­i­nal­ity and pre­sen­ta­tion. It has worked very well.

“You turn the key and have to pay at­ten­tion to know that the V12 is run­ning – that’s how you know how per­fect it is. The best word to de­scribe it is ‘lux­u­ri­ous’ – but in a 1966 way! It’s like noth­ing else, it’s a re­ally fan­tas­tic car.”

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