Lamborghini 350 GTV – 1963
The offhand treatment tractor magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini felt he had received at the hands of Enzo Ferrari compelled him to create a rival to the Prancing Horse just 20 miles away from Maranello. Unsurprisingly most of the Charging Bull’s new team were ex-ferrari including chief engineer Gianpaolo Dallara, test driver Bob Wallace and engine builder Giotto Bizzarrini. The latter, with his eyes on Formula 1 designed a screamer of a 3.5-litre V12 with peak power at 8,000rpm, aggressive valve timing, six carburettors and a dry-sump lubrication system.
The application Lamborghini had in mind was more of a gentleman’s express and he commissioned Franco Scaglione to design a Grand Tourer with echoes of the Aston Martin DB4 and Jaguar E-type. Shark-nosed with hidden headlights, expansive glazing and six tailpipes, the 350 GTV certainly made an impact at the 1963 Turin Auto Show. Sadly, it was discovered during the assembly process that the engine wouldn’t fit so the front end was weighted with bricks and the bonnet kept closed throughout the show. Lacking brakes, pedals and wipers the 350 GTV was never intended as anything more than a show car but in the 1980s was sold by Lamborghini and turned into a running prototype.