Italian millionaire Ferruccio Lamborghini decided to build his own sports car because of his dissatisfaction with his Ferrari and the company's failure to address his complaints. Following the prototype 350GTV, Lamborghini's first production car was a two-seater named the 350GT with a top speed of more than 150 mph. About 120 350GT coupes were built. Styling elements included recessed headlights, rear wheel semi-skirts and a body/side crease from the front fender to the door handle. The car is powered by a double-overhead-cam, V12, 3.5-liter engine producing 280 horsepower. It has a five-speed manual transmission, fully independent coil-spring suspension with anti-roll bars, worm-and-roller steering and power-assisted Girling disc brakes. It weighs between 2650 - 2734 pounds.
Carrozzeria Zagato was the first coachbuilder to exhibit a derivative of the 350GT - the 3500GTZ. Zagato was well known for its lightweight, streamlined coachwork, where form followed function. In the early and mid-1960s, Zagato worked closely with Alfa Romeo to produce a number of victorious competition models such as the highly successful TZ-1 and TZ-2. Zagato applied a long nose and flowing fastback form to the Lamborghini chassis, and the 3500GTZ was born. The 3500GTZ that first appeared at the 1965 London Auto Show is this vehicle - on display at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Just two 3500GTZs were made.