Sixty years ago today, Italian business magnate and tractor manufacturer Ferruccio Lamborghini founded Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
The Lamborghini 350 GT Coupé was the first automobile ever made by the Italian automaker.
The Italian automotive manufacturer Lamborghini debuted the 350 GT 2-door coupé at the 1964 Geneva Auto Show.
The Lamborghini 350GT saw production of just 120 units between 1964 and 1966 before being replaced by the 400 GT.
Lamborghini’s continued existence was ensured by the sales of the 350 GT, and the company was eventually able to grow to compete with Ferrari.
On May 7th, 1963, Ferruccio Lamborghini, a tractor manufacturer, founded “Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.” with the intention of creating a luxurious grand touring vehicle to compete with products from established marques like Ferrari.
Lamborghini’s first production model, the 350 GT, debuted in the middle of the 1960s, long before the company’s 1966 Miura sports coupé, which became the benchmark for high-performance sports and Supercars.
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Lamborghini’s first production design was the 350 GT 2-door coupé, which debuted in concept form as the 350 GTV at the 1963 Turin Motor Show and then in full at the 1964 Geneva Auto Show.
The 350GT was propelled by a de-tuned 270bhp 3.5-liter V12 engine paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, allowing for acceleration from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds and a peak speed of 158 mph; both of these statistics were exceptional for their day.
Between 1964 and 1966, Lamborghini only produced 120 of the 350 GT before replacing it with the 400 GT. In a same vein, the model P400, which debuted the year below as the Miura, replaced the 400 GT.
Although the 350 GT was only produced for a short while, its popularity as a 2-door coupé ensured Lamborghini’s continued existence and allowed the Italian company to grow into a credible competitor to Ferrari.
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