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Lamborghini

Lamborghini

Born on 28 April 1916, in Renazzo di Cento, Ferruccio Lamborghini was destined to work with machinery in some way. His parents were farmers, and from the outset Lamborghini came into contact with all sorts of farming implements. As a result he studied at the local technical institute, where he excelled. Although lamborghini spent the War years with the RAF, as soon as the hostilities were over he…

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Lamborghini 350GT

Lamborghini 350GT

RATING:

4 / 10

PRICE: Rough: £20,000;Good: £40,000; A1: £60,000

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1964-1967
  • Bodywork:
    Two-door coupé
  • Engine:
    Front-mounted 3464cc V12
  • Top Speed:
    149mph
  • Power:
    270bhp @ 6500rpm

For his first proper production car, Lamborghini contracted well established coachbuilder Touring to come up with a cleaner design that was based heavily on the 350GTV but which did away with the most awkward parts. Consequently, the 350GT f e atured a fractionally longer wheelbase, a taller roofline and a smoother V12 engine that displaced 3464cc to give 270bhp via its six Weber 40DCOE carburettors. It also ditched dry-sump lubrication , to reduce costs, and when the model made its debut at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show, the reviews were far more enthusiastic than they had been for the 350GTV.

Lamborghini 350GTV

Lamborghini 350GTV

RATING:

6 / 10

PRICE: The one produced belongs to a Japanese collector, but if you’ve got very deep pockets…

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1963
  • Bodywork:
    Two-seater coupe
  • Engine:
    Front-mounted 3464cc V12
  • Top Speed:
    174mph (claimed)
  • Power:
    360bhp @ 8000rpm

When the 350GTV was shown at the 1963 Turin motor show, it was the first time anyone had ever seen a Lamborghini. With no time to install the engine, it was displayed alongside instead, with bricks weighing the front of the car down . Built in double-quick time by Modenese coach builder Neri & Bonacini, the car was criticised for its poor build quality and ugly lines; even the car’s high specification was not enough. It may have featured a five-speed ZF manual, Salisbury diff, spoked wheels, disc brakes all round and Pirelli HS tyres but was considered an embarrassment, and soon got hidden aw a y.