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 by Richard Owen
type Concept / Prototype Car
released at 1963 Turin Auto Show
built at Turin, Italy
body stylist Franco Scaglione
production 1
engine Aluminum, 60 Degree V12
position Front Mounted
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 3464 cc / 211.4 in³
bore 77 mm / 3.03 in
stroke 62 mm / 2.44 in
compression 9.5:1
power 268.5 kw / 360.1 bhp @ 8000 rpm
specific output 103.95 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 342.95 bhp per tonne
torque 325.4 nm / 240.0 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
body / frame Steel & Aluminum Panels over Steel Tube Chassis
driven wheels RWD
front tires HS 205/15
rear tires HS 205/15
front brakes Girling Discs
rear brakes Girling Discs
front wheels F 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15.0 x 6.5 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 16.5 cm / 15.0 x 6.5 in
steering ZF Worm & Roller
f suspension Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bars
r suspension Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers Anti-Roll Bars
curb weight 1050 kg / 2315 lbs
wheelbase 2450 mm / 96.5 in
front track 1380 mm / 54.3 in
rear track 1380 mm / 54.3 in
length 4500 mm / 177.2 in
width 1730 mm / 68.1 in
height 1220 mm / 48.0 in
transmission ZF 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.00:1, 1.705:1, 1.240:1, 1.000:1, 0.850:1
final drive 3.31:1
top speed ~280.0 kph / 174.0 mph