Lamborghini 350 GT
In 1963, Sant’Agata Bolognese was boldly awakened by the formation of Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini, S.p.A. To fulfill his vision, Lamborghini assembled a veritable “dream team” of talent, some of whom were former Ferrari employees who took part in the infamous “Palace Revolt.” Lamborghini provided adequate resources and his enthusiastic support – their charge was to create the ultimate GT car that was at once beautiful, comfortable, fast and well built.
For Lamborghini’s first shot at the sports car market, the 350 GT was an instant success. It was built remarkably well and was relatively quiet and quite refined. The 3.5-liter, all-aluminum engine trumped the three-liter V-12 that Ferrari offered at the time and produced 280 hp. Mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission, the 350 GT was capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in less than seven seconds and could reach top speeds approaching 160 mph. With its four-wheel independent suspension and vacuum servo-assisted Girling disc brakes all around, the 350 GT offered remarkable passenger comfort and refined driving dynamics, making Lamborghini’s first automotive venture a truly capable Grand Touring machine in the finest Italian tradition.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
280 bhp (DIN), 3,464 cc DOHC V-12 engine, six Weber twin-choke carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel Girling hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.4"
Source: RM Auctions
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