Aug 5, 2015
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This gorgeous 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 — which will be presented by former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno at the Gooding & Company auction in Monterey on Aug. 15 — is owned by a Richmond widow who plans to donate a significant portion of proceeds from the sale to fund suicide-prevention programs.

Susan Paroutaud says the Lamborghini was owned for three decades by her late husband Frederic, who committed suicide in 2012 at age 58, according to Robb Report. The Point Richmond resident’s passing was a shock as even his wife of 25 years was unaware that he suffered from bipolar disorder, according to the report.

To honor Fred, the sale of the car will benefit La Cheim Behavioral Health Services of Oakland to fund suicide-prevention programs and help loved ones left behind.


Frederic, a Monterey native, had a colorful life. He was “an accomplished composer and pianist who wrote for television and film, including Murder, She Wrote and adaptations of The Phantom of the Opera and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” the Robb Report said.

According to his obituary in the Monterey Herald, Fred “also invented the computer-controlled acoustic violin, worked closely with former NASA administrator, Thomas O. Paine, and served as a consultant to fellow Italian classic car enthusiasts.”

To learn more about his enthusiasm for Lamborghini’s and the car itself, we encourage you to read the full Robb Report story.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.