Lamborghini 350GT is First Produced
The Lamborghini 350 GT was the first production model produced by Carrozzeria Touring for Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. from May 1964.
It was based on the Lamborghini 350GTV prototype, which showcased at the 1963 Turin Auto Show. The success of the 350 GT ensured the company's survival, and established it as a viable competitor with sports car maker Ferrari S.p.A..
Ferruccio Lamborghini contracted the same design and production team who worked on the 350 GTV prototype to build the production version of the grand tourer, including Giotto Bizzarrini who designed the engine, Gian Paolo Dallara the chassis, and Franco Scaglione who designed the body.
The 350 GT shared a number of features with the 350 GTV prototype, including a four-wheel independent suspension, quad-cam V12, and an aluminium body. A number of revisions and refinements were made due to the suggestions of the Neri & Bonacini racing development shop, and test driver Bob Wallace. Fixed headlights replaced the prototype's pop-up variety, and twin-barrel side-draught Weber 40 DCOE 2 carburettors reduced the height of the engine, thereby negating the clearance problems of the GTV prototype.
The engine in the 350 GT was the Bizzarrini-designed V12. It was a very capable power plant that could reach well into triple-digit speeds in top form. The manufacture of the bodies was entrusted to Touring of Milan, who used their patented Superleggera method of construction to fix aluminium alloy panels directly to a tubular structure.
Lamborghini produced 135 350 GTs before replacing it with the larger-engined Lamborghini 400GT in 1966.
The Lamborghini 350 GT retailed for US$15,600 ($108571 today).
The 350 GT had an all-aluminium alloy V12 engine mated to a five-speed ZF manual transmission. It had an aluminium body, and four-wheel independent suspension, and vacuum servo-assisted Girling disc brakes all round.
It had a wheelbase of 2,550 millimetres (100.4 in), with a front and rear axle track of 1,380 millimetres (54.3 in). It measured 4,640 millimetres (182.7 in) long by 1,730 millimetres (68.1 in) wide and was by 1,220 millimetres (48.0 in) high. With its kerb weight of 1,450 kilograms (3,197 lb), the 350 GT could accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0.0 to 62.1 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and from 0 to 100 miles per hour (0 to 161 km/h) in 16.3 seconds, and go on to reach a top speed of 250 kilometres per hour (155 mph).
The Lamborghini 350 GT was the first production sports car to come out of the Lamborghini assembly line in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, in 1963 to compete against the Italian sports carmaker Ferrari. Some talented engineers who were in Ferrari’s former employ were behind the development of the Lamborghini 350 GT, a grand tourer. Its quad-cam V12 engine was designed by Giotto Bizzarini, a former chief engineer at Ferrari. The power plant of the Lamborghini 350 GT has the capability to reach speed in triple digits at top form. This car has a top speed of 244.6 kilometers per hour (152 miles per hour), capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, and from 0 to 100 mph in 17 seconds.
Released in 1964, the 350 GT was deemed to be Lamborghini's first production car. With an all-new Touring body, it had alloy panels over a steel frame.
Under the bonnet was a four-cam V12 motor with side-draught carburettors for its low bonnet. It also used a pukka coil spring and tubular wishbone suspension with Girling discs from Britain.
The engineering advancements of the 350GT resulted from the collaboration of Giampaolo Dallara and Giotto Bizzarini who's expertise in engineering layed the groundwork of many future Lamborghini's.
It was incredibly fast, superbly smooth and could top 257 km/h. The body was of alloy and perceived as being the lightest and fastest of its kind. Later models included the 400GT and GT two-plus-two with the latter using steel for its body.
In 1965 a four-litre engine became an option, but only 23 of these were assembled before Lamborghini introduced the steel-bodied 400GT two-plus-two in 1967.