Forgotten concept – Lamborghini 350 GTV (1963)


Do you know what is the first Lamborghini in history? Probably yes, because we have already mentioned it several times on Motor1.com, it is the 350GT. Before her, however, a concept with pop-up headlights anticipated her lines.

Produced in a single copy, the Lamborghini 350 GTV concept was presented in 1963 at the Turin Motor Show.

Smooth lines

We are in Turin at the beginning of November, precisely in 1963. At the Turin Motor Show, among the many Italian cars on display, there is one that has never been seen, from a brand that was just born: Automobili Lamborghini.

A large 4-seater coupé with rounded lines, with retractable headlights, large windows and a huge atmospheric V12 under the hood, designed by Livorno engineer Bizzarrini and capable of developing 270 hp and 325 Nm of torque at 8000 rpm .

A completely new engine unit which, according to some official figures at the time, was capable of producing up to 400 hp. In the idea of ​​the entrepreneur, in fact, the car was not to be an extreme sports car, but rather a grand touring coupé intended for travel.

The exterior and interior design, meanwhile, is the work of Franco Scaglione, the famous Alfa Romeo designer of the time, the man behind the Giulietta Sprint.

Lamborghini 350 GTV
Lamborghini 350 GTV
Lamborghini 350 GTV

During the days of the Salon, against all odds, it did not meet with the success hoped for by the president and founder of the brand at the time, Ferruccio Lamborghini. A fact that did not, however, cause the Bolognese entrepreneur to lose his enthusiasm. Back in his country, in fact, he continued to develop the production car, the very one which, a few years later, would make its official debut under the name of 350 GT.

The battle car

It is precisely this large coupe that is the origin of the historic feud between Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari. History teaches us that at the time, the Bolognese entrepreneur, manufacturer of tractors, drove a Ferrari 250 daily.

It was probably an unlucky or badly born example, as it complained of some recurring mechanical problems, such as a strange vibration of the clutch which was transmitted to the rear differential.

Lamborghini 350 GTV

Enzo Ferrari, not believing this story, unknowingly threw down the gauntlet to the man who, in the following years, would create one of the Italian Cavallino’s greatest competitors. The rest is of course history.

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