At the weekend we’ve been at the Techno Classica in Essen: it is the largest classic car show in the world. Over 2000 cars are for sale and on beautiful display, you can also buy rare parts, car accessories and releated literature. The show features rare cars from the classic departments of most of the manufacturers including Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Jaguar and Lamborghini, like this Lamborghini 350 GTV.
What a beautiful car, it’s more an art sculpture than a chassis on wheels.
Ferruccio Lamborghini was dissatisfied with several design features of the 350 GTV, and with the state of tune of the engine. He commissioned Carrozzeria Touring to redesign the car to be more practical and had the engine detuned to 270 brake horsepower (201 kW; 274 PS) at 6,500 rpm for use in the production car.
The new body and retuned engine resulted in the first production Lamborghini, the 350 GT.
|Lamborghini 350 GTV|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Prototype sports car|
|Body style||2-door grand tourer coupé|
|Layout||Longitudinal front-engine, rear-wheel drive|
|Engine||3.5 L V12|
|Transmission||5-speed ZF manual|
|Wheelbase||2,450 mm (96.5 in)|
|Length||4,370 mm (172.0 in)|
|Width||1,760 mm (69.3 in)|
|Height||1,050 mm (41.3 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,292 kg (2,848 lb)|
|Successor||Lamborghini 350 GT|
After the 1963 Turin Auto Show, the 350 GTV was placed into storage. The 350 GTV remained in storage until the mid-1980s, when car dealer Romano Bernandoni and his cousin, Lamborghini expert Stefano Pasini, convinced the management to sell the 350 GTV to them. Bernandoni and Pasini did not receive the gauges and steering wheel with the car. They did, however, receive several proposals to modify the car into running condition and accepted one. During the modification process, the car’s colour was changed from its original pale blue to deep metallic green at the owner’s request.
The 350 GTV was then sold to a Japanese collector, who placed the car in the Noritake Collection. Several years later, the 350 GTV was placed on display at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.