What do you get if you have a Ferrari 250 owned by a mad tractor builder, unsatisfied with clutch durability in Italy during the “Dolcevita” 60s in Italy? Of course, a new badass supercar brand, Lamborghini.
It all started gathering a Mastermind engineer (Bizzarrini for the engine) and a hell of a designer (Scaglione), the result was: 350 GTV Lamborghini, the very first prototype car that Ferruccio Lamborghini exposed at turin auto-show in 1963. Conceived with a 3.5 liter dry slump V12 racing specific producing 342 horsepower and 326 N•M of torque this car never made it to production, but it has been a great stepping stone for the production of 350 GT which debuted on the market a year later, with a less powerful engine and some body modifications by Carrozzeria touring.
Lamborghini went from skatches to the final product in less than 400 days, though during final assembling the workforce noticed that the engine wouldn't fit in the bonnet, so for the ‘63 auto show the car was ballasted with bricks in the engine bay, disappointing the petrolheads hoping to drool on the state-of-the-art 12 cylinder as the bonnet remained mandatorily closed during exhibit. The proto during the fair also laked windscreen wipers, brake calipers and even foot pedals.
Stored until 1980 was then sold to cousins Bernardoni and Lasini (Lambo experts), who made a running version of the proto on commission, also applying a paint job, from the original pale blue to a deeper metallic green.
The car was again sold to a Japanese car collector, and it is now often displayed in Sant’Agata Bolognese, at Museo Lamborghini.
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