Introduced at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show, the 1964 Lamborghini 350GT was the very first production made by this now-famous marque. Contrary to its successors, which would be hampered by a heavier steel body, the early 350GT’s body was rafted entirely of light alloy, which made it both faster and more agile. It benefited from a five-speed manual transmission, while soon-to-be arch-rival Ferrari only had four, excellent full-size disc brakes, and of course, Lamborghini‘s wonderful race-inspired V12 engine, which actually had to be de-tuned in order to save money and to make the car easier to drive. Even then, Lamborghini lost a lot of money on every 350GT sold in the first year.
The 350GT was powered by Lamborghini’s own all-alloy, quadruple camshaft V12 with a 3.5-liter displacement, which was actually a race engine with 400 horsepower. In order to use it in a road-going vehicle, it was de-tuned to a wonderful, smooth 270 horsepower, which was more than enough to propel this 2+2 road beast to 160 miles per hour, and to accelerate to 60 in seven seconds flat, an impressive achievement.
In later years, it was replaced by the 400GT, which had more horsepower, but also a lot more bulk, as the alloy panels were replaced by steel. The 1964 Lamborghini 350GT remains the fastest of this model, and a timeless classic.