As released at the 1963 Turin Auto Show, the 350 GTV must have stirred much attention. Not until the release of this car, Lamborghini was only manufacturing premium tractors and the GTV offer had a striking new body design by Franco Scaglione.
Ferruccio Lamborghini, who was very wealthy in the sixties, decided to change the companies’ image and direction. In only a year, the first Lamborghini automobile was created in the corner of their tractor factory. Shortly after the prototype was finished, Ferruccio’s auto manufacturing plant was completed in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
A small group of men including Giotto Bizzarrini, Franco Scaglione, Georgio Neri and Lucciano Bonacini were responsible for the first Lamborghini road car. Bizzarrini, who worked for Ferrari developing the GTO, specifically designed the engine and chassis for the Lamborghini 350 series. It was this engine that set the basis for all future Lamborghini engines that would come after it.
For most of the GTV’s life, it remained engineless due to clearance problems. Indeed the capable engine that Bizzarrini developed would not fit due to the tall downdraft Webers. After being ignored for over 22 years, a large restoration on the car was undertaken. During this process, the chassis was modified to accept the production 350 GT V12.
Specs & Performance
Concept / Prototype Car
1963 Turin Auto Show
Aluminum, 60 Degree V12
DOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
3464 cc / 211.4 in³
77 mm / 3.03 in
62 mm / 2.44 in
268.5 kw / 360.1 bhp @ 8000 rpm
103.95 bhp per litre
342.95 bhp per tonne
325.4 nm / 240.0 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
body / frame
Steel & Aluminum Panels over Steel Tube Chassis
F 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15.0 x 6.5 in
R 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15.0 x 6.5 in
ZF Worm & Roller
Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bars
Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers Anti-Roll Bars