Lamborghini 350GTV

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Lamborghini 350 GTV[1]
Lamborghini 350 GTV.jpg
DesignerGiorgio Prevedi, under the supervision of Franco Scaglione
Body and chassis
ClassPrototype / Sports car
Body style2-door grand tourer coupé
LayoutLongitudinal front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine3.5 L V12
Transmission5-speed ZF manual
Wheelbase2,450 mm (96.5 in)
Length4,370 mm (172.0 in)
Width1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Height1,050 mm (41.3 in)
Kerb weight1,292 kg (2,848 lb)
SuccessorLamborghini 350 GT

The Lamborghini 350 GTV was a Lamborghini prototype and forerunner of its first production model, the 350 GT, presented to the public at the 1963 Turin Auto Show.[1][2]


Rear three-quarter view

The 350 GTV body was designed by Franco Scaglione and built by Carrozzeria Sargiotto in Turin.[1][3] Giorgio Neri and Luciano Bonacini built the tube frame chassis in Modena.[4] Giotto Bizzarrini developed a 3.5 litre dry sump racing-specification V12 engine, with an output of 255 kW (347 PS; 342 bhp) at 8,000 rpm, and torque of 326 N⋅m (240 lbf⋅ft),[1] using the DIN measurement standard, for use in the car.[4][5]

Ferruccio Lamborghini was dissatisfied with several design features of the 350 GTV,[3] and with the state of tune of the engine.[4][5] He commissioned Carrozzeria Touring to redesign the car to be more practical[3] and had the engine detuned to 270 bhp (201 kW; 274 PS) at 6,500 rpm for use in the production car.[4][5] The new body and retuned engine resulted in the first production Lamborghini, the 350 GT.[2]

Lamborghini continued with the 350 GTV as a show-only prototype. During assembly, the workforce discovered that the body panels would not fit around the engine. Since he had no further plans for the 350 GTV beyond being a show car, Lamborghini had the engine bay ballasted with bricks and kept the bonnet shut throughout the Turin Auto Show. The incomplete show car also lacked brake calipers, foot pedals and windshield wipers.[2]

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.[2]

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.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Automobilpoop Lamborghini Holding SpA: Lamborghini - History - Masterpieces - 350 GTV
  2. ^ a b c d Lamm, p.127
  3. ^ a b c Lamm, p.123
  4. ^ a b c d e - Lamborghini 350 GTV
  5. ^ a b c - Lamborghini 350 Part 1: 350 GTV
  • Lamm, John (May 1994). Bryant, Thos. L (ed.). "Salon: 1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV". Road & Track. Newport Beach, California: Hachette Magazines. 45 (9): 120–127.
  • "Automobili Lamborghini Holding SpA: Lamborghini - History - Masterpieces - 350 GTV". Automobili Lamborghini Holding Spa. Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  • "Lamborghini 350 GTV". Retrieved 2009-12-26. External link in |work= (help)
  • " - Lamborghini 350 Part 1: 350 GTV". Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2009-12-26. External link in |work= (help)