1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV


1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV

1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV

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.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeConcept / Prototype Car
released at1963 Turin Auto Show
built atTurin, Italy
body stylistFranco Scaglione
production1
engineAluminum, 60 Degree V12
positionFront Mounted
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement3464 cc / 211.4 in³
bore77 mm / 3.03 in
stroke62 mm / 2.44 in
compression9.5:1
power268.5 kw / 360.1 bhp @ 8000 rpm
specific output103.95 bhp per litre
bhp/weight342.95 bhp per tonne
torque325.4 nm / 240.0 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
body / frameSteel & Aluminum Panels over Steel Tube Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
front tiresHS 205/15
rear tiresHS 205/15
front brakesGirling Discs
rear brakesGirling Discs
front wheelsF 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15.0 x 6.5 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15.0 x 6.5 in
steeringZF Worm & Roller
f suspensionWishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bars
r suspensionWishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers Anti-Roll Bars
curb weight1050 kg / 2315 lbs
wheelbase2450 mm / 96.5 in
front track1380 mm / 54.3 in
rear track1380 mm / 54.3 in
length4500 mm / 177.2 in
width1730 mm / 68.1 in
height1220 mm / 48.0 in
transmissionZF 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.00:1, 1.705:1, 1.240:1, 1.000:1, 0.850:1
final drive3.31:1
top speed~280.0 kph / 174.0 mph