Lamborghini 350 GT

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Lamborghini 350 GT
Lamborghini 350 GT 1964.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerCarrozzeria Touring for
Lamborghini[1]
ProductionMay 1964–1966[2]
120 built[1]
AssemblyItaly: Sant'Agata[2]
DesignerCarrozzeria Touring
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer
Body style2-door coupé
LayoutFR layout
Powertrain
Engine3,464 cc (211.4 cu in) 60° aluminium V12 DOHC
Power output280 bhp (284 PS; 209 kW) and 325 N⋅m (240 lbf⋅ft) of torque
Transmission5-speed ZF manual[2]
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Width1,730 mm (68.1 in)
Height1,220 mm (48.0 in)
Weight1,450 kg (3,197 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorLamborghini 350GTV
SuccessorLamborghini 400GT

The Lamborghini 350 GT is a sports car made by Lamborghini from 1964 to 1966. It is the first road car made by Lamborghini.[1] The 350 GT was based off the Lamborghini 350GTV prototype. Both cars used a 3.5-liter V12 engine.[2][3]

The Lamborghini 400 GT was the successor to the 350 GT.


History[change | change source]

After testing his Lamborghini engine in May 1963, Giotto Bizzarrini, who was the head engineer at Lamborghini, left the company.[4] The following month Ferruccio Lamborghini told engineer Gian Paolo Dallara to build a road-car version of Bizzarrini's 350GTV.[3] Dallara was helped in this project by engineer Paolo Stanzani and test driver Bob Wallace.[4]

Dallara and Stanzani quickly realized that the 350 GTV was not made well for mass production. They decided to build the 350 GT as a road-car version. First, they began de-tuning the original Bizzarrini engine and redesigning the original Bizzarrini chassis for street use.[4] They then started getting the 350 GTV ready for its late-October 1963 Turin Auto Show debut. Lamborghini hoped its debut would raise interest in the 350 GT. The 350 GT was released in 1964. It was Lamborghini’s first road car.[5]

Engine and transmission[change | change source]

The 350 GT was powered by a 3.5 L (3,464 cc) V12 engine. Each engine was tested for 24 hours on a Schenk Walge dynamometer. In the tests, it was run for the first 12 hours under electric power, and then with gasoline at increasing speeds. The test revealed that the engine produced 280 bhp (284 PS; 209 kW) at 6500 rpm and 325 N⋅m (240 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 4500 rpm.[6][4]

The engine was paired to a five-speed manual transmission which was made by ZF.[2]

Performance[change | change source]

The 350 GT had a kerb weight of 1,450 kilograms (3,197 lb). With its V12 engine, it could accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0.0 to 62.1 mph) in 6.8 seconds, and from 0 to 100 miles per hour (0 to 161 km/h) in 16.3 seconds. It also had a top speed of 254 kilometres per hour (158 mph).[1][2][7]

Lamborghini 350 GTS[change | change source]

The Lamborghini 350 GTS was a convertible version of the 350 GT. That meant it had a roof that was able to open. The 350 GTS was first shown at the 1965 Turin Auto Show. Two of them were built by Carrozzeria Touring in 1965.[4][8] The convertible top was designed to be concealed (hidden) in the storage area behind the two seats when it was folded down.[9][10]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Lamborghini 350 GT - Technical Specifications - First Lamborghini Ever Built". Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. Lamborghini.com. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Lamborghini 350, 400 & Islero". CarsFromItaly.net. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lyons, Pete (1988). The Complete Book of Lamborghini. Foulis. ISBN 0-85429-735-9. OCLC 24752729.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Harvey, Chris (1982). The Lamborghinis: A Collector's Guide. London: Motor Racing. ISBN 0-900549-69-6. OCLC 59246925.
  5. Pasini, Stefano "Lamborghini 350 GTV." Rivista Lamborghini Review, 1991
  6. "350 GT specifications". Lambocars.com. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  7. LaChance, Dave (September 2008). "Riding The Bull". Hemmings.com. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  8. Rive Box, Rob de la; Crump, Richard (1981). Lamborghini : the cars from Sant' Agata Bolognese. Crump, Richard. London: Osprey. ISBN 0-85045-408-5. OCLC 8431194.
  9. Marchet, Jean-François (1985). Lamborghini Espada & the 4-seaters : 350GT, 400GT, Islero, Jarama, Marzal, Espada. London: Osprey Pub. ISBN 0-85045-592-8. OCLC 12806744.
  10. Smeyers, Mark (11 May 2018). "350 GTS". www.lambocars.com. Retrieved 2020-04-19.