Chassis #: 0310
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. The Ercole Spada-designed Lamborghini 3500 GTZ was built by Zagato on a shortened 350 GT chassis. The coupe was first shown at the 1965 London Motor Show and then went on to star at the Paris Auto Salon a few weeks later. After its debut, the GTZ was sold to race driver Marchese Gerino Gerini, Lamborghini's official agent in Milan. From there, it found its way to Australia, where it stayed for many years, painted red and converted to right-hand drive. A German collector purchased the car in 2006 and returned it to its original left-hand-drive configuration with its original white and black vinyl interior. Its current owner acquired the GTZ in 2006, and it has recently been awarded Best of Show at the Concorso d'Eleganza in Kyoto. The lines of the 3500 GTZ were used to develop Zagato's Alfa Romeo TZ2 race car, built at roughly the same time; the most notable similarity is the nearly identical one-piece rear window. Although it has never been officially confirmed, Zagato records show that it's possible that two 3500 GTZs were built, but the other car remains a mystery.