Lamborghini 350 GT

Tractor manufacturer Ferruccio Lamborghini, complained to Enzo Ferrari about several mechanical issues concerning the Ferrari he had just purchased. He decided to start up his own car factory. This 350 GT is the first production model.

The story goes that Ferruccio Lamborghini, a tractor manufacturer, complained to Enzo Ferrari about several mechanical issues concerning the Ferrari he had just purchased, whereupon Enzo told him to stick to building tractors. The enraged and stubborn Lamborghini decided to start up his own car factory to compete with Ferrari.

The first prototype, the 350 GTV, was launched in 1963 in Turin. The production version, the 350 GT, was introduced in Geneva a year later.

The sleek, elegant and sporty body with the large rear window was designed by Franco Scaglione. The coachwork was built by Touring of Milan, using the ‘Superleggera’ (‘superlight’) system: aluminium panels were mounted directly onto a tubular steel framework. The 3.5-litre, twelve-cylinder engine with four overhead camshafts was developed by Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, giving the car a top speed of 240 km/h.

Only 120 examples of the Lamborghini 350 GT were produced.

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