This 3.5-liter V12-engined 350 GT was the first car to be sold by Ferruccio Lamborghini. It was bought by British industrialist Robin Grant, who had greatly admired the prototype 350 GTV shown in Turin in 1963 and the later 350 GT prototype at the Geneva Auto Show in 1964 and placed his order for the first car to be finished. This turned out to be the firth car built, as the first 350 GT (0101) was crashed and the next three development cars went to the new Lamborghini dealers. In total, only thirteen 350 GTs were built in 1964. Grant took delivery of 0105 in August 1964. A year later he was invited to return his 350 GT to the Sant'Agata factory to receive the new 4-liter V12 that was destined for the 400 GT. The car was also modified with the updated headlights that would be a feature of the new 400 GT.
This 1964 Lamborghini 350GT Touring Production Prototype is one of the production prototypes with many unique features and is the earliest 350GT extant. The model designation comes from its 3.5-liter, 280 horsepower V12 engine, which is backed by a five-speed transmission. The coachwork was created by one of Italy's most respected firms, Carrozzeria Touring. 'Ferruccio Lamborghini made it very clear he wanted to have a real car very quickly,' said Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni, then the design chief at Touring. 'We thus decided to use the 350GTV as the starting point for our design.' The result was nothing short of stunning: 'It's a smooth challenger to Ferrari's title of king of the GT cars,' was Car & Driver's succinct summation.Lamborghini produced only 13 cars in 1964 and a total of 120 350 GT coupes were produced, through 1967, including the 23 examples that were given the larger 3.9-liter engine.
Franco Scaglione, an employee of Sargiotto located in Turin, was tasked with designing a new vehicle for the newly formed Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. The result was a prototype labeled the Lamborghini 350 GTV and first displayed at the 1963 Turin Auto Show. The interior was leather while the finish was a bright metallic blue color. The engine was not installed in the car because it would not fit. The vertical carburetors were too large and did not fit under the hood. Only recently has the vehicle been restored and the chassis was altered to allow room for the engine.After the Turin Show, Carlo Anderloni of Touring was brought in to redesign the 350 and prepare it for production. Along with the redesign, the engine was detuned because Ferruccio Lamborghini desired a smooth running, refined engine rather than a highly-tuned racing powerplant. Horsepower dropped from 350 to 270. In 1964 Ferruccio Lamborghini debuted the production version, the 350 GT, the V had been dropped, to the public at the Geneva Auto Show. The car was powered by a Giotto Bizzarini designed 12-cylinder engine, sat atop a tubular steel chassis, and featured independent suspension and a ZF gearbox. Disc brakes were placed on all four tires. This was Lamborghini's first serial-production GT vehicle. Producing 280 horsepower, the 350 GT was a formidable contender with the other super-cars of the day.
During its introductory year, only thirteen examples were created. Around 120 examples were created in total. All were mostly hand-built. As early as 1965, Lamborghini began using an enlarged 3929 cc engine which saw horsepower rise to 320. Twenty-three examples were produced in 1965.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008
After the presentation of the first prototype thanks to Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963, the 350 GTV was mass-produced a year later. Before the end of 1966 Carrozzeria Touring had made 120 models, the majority with 3.5 litre 12-cylinder engine and 320 HP – another 23 models were added to these, already using the 4-litre V12 engine and 320 HP, but with more torque and more comfortable to drive. Two 350 GT were built by Carrozzeria Touring in the Spyder version.Source - Lamborghini
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