Meet One of the First Lamborghini Cars Ever Built
These days Lamborghini is best known for crafting unthinkably fast mid-engine sports cars, the Huracán and Aventador being the latest of the breed. But that hasn't always been the case. Rewind the years back and you'll find a number of breathtaking front-engine grand tourers—the Isolero, the 400 GT, and this car—the lovely 350 GT. In the Lamborghini road car timeline the 350 GT is genesis, the first of Sant'Agata Bolognese's "Raging Bulls," and arguably one of the best. It’s quite the rare bird however, a mere 120 rolled off Ferruccio Lamborghini's production lines between 1964 and '66. This stunning example has survived and recently arrived on eBay, said to be number 62 of that 120 car production run. Like it? It will certainly cost you, in fact, just south of one million dollars. Then again, there's a lot to love about the 350 GT. RELATED: See More of the Stunning Lamborghini 350 GT
The first semblance of the shapely 350 GT was born in 1963, at the pen of designer Franco Scaglione, who whipped up what was to be Lamborghini’s first concept car—the 350 GTV. It debuted at the 1963 Turin Auto Show to mixed reviews, sending Lamborghini back to the drawing board with revisions needed.
He made them, and in 1964 at the Geneva Salon, Lamborghini pulled the covers off the very first 350 GT coupe. Touring of Milan handled all of the car’s bodywork, which was fashioned by applying alloy panels across a lightweight metal framework. The engine, a vibrant 3.5-liter V12, was designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, and it offered up a scintillating 280 horsepower through six side-draft Weber carburetors and a five-speed ZF manual gearbox. When unleashed, these early Raging Bulls could crack 150 mph.
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Apart from the standard coupes, there are said to be a few outliers in the Lamborghini 350 GT family. Two “GTS” convertibles were built by Touring for the 1965 Paris Motor Show, and a special one-off Zagato coupe exists as well. The end of the 350 GT came in 1966 as Lamborghini evolved the car to create the 400 GT 2+2, which carried an enlarged 4.0-liter V12 and 320 hp. Interestingly, during the changeover a number of 350 GTs were even equipped with the bigger V12.
According to the owner, this car was originally ordered by a customer from Madrid, Spain. It was completed in December 1965 and it would remain in Spain for over three decades. Its first big move occurred in the mid-‘90s, where it was stored in an exclusive Japanese collection and allegedly never driven. Fast forward to 2015 and it now resides in California, showing just over 60,000 miles on the clock.
While the $925,000 asking price may sound a bit extreme to some, recent auction results suggest it could be right on the money. Another '65 Lamborghini 350 GT sold for $935,000 at the August RM Auctions sale in Monterey, California. With only 120 ever in existence…you aren’t apt to run into one willy-nilly.
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