Published on March 18th, 2024 | by Subhash Nair


Lamborghini 350 GT Back In Geneva 60 Years After Its Debut There

The Lamborghini 350 GT debuted 60 years ago in Geneva and now it returns there.

In March 1964, a new chapter in automotive history was written as Automobili Lamborghini unveiled its inaugural production model, the 350 GT, at the Geneva Motor Show. Little did the world know that this unveiling would mark the genesis of an iconic brand that continues to captivate enthusiasts six decades later, though it is often overshadowed by the Miura.

The 350 GT was more than just a car; it was a statement of excellence, blending speed, luxury, and innovation in a breathtaking package. Crafted by visionaries such as Franco Scaglione, Giampaolo Dallara, Giotto Bizzarrini, and Paolo Stanzani, every aspect of the 350 GT exuded unparalleled craftsmanship and engineering prowess.

At the heart of the 350 GT lay a 3.5-liter V12 engine with four overhead camshafts, a design born from the mind of Giotto Bizzarrini. Adapted for road use by Paolo Stanzani, this powerhouse delivered a staggering 320 CV, setting a new standard for performance in the automotive world. Coupled with a meticulously engineered chassis by Giampaolo Dallara, the 350 GT promised an exhilarating driving experience unlike any other.

Beyond its technical marvels, the 350 GT captivated with its exquisite design and luxurious interiors. Crafted by Carrozzeria Touring in Milan, the aluminum bodywork showcased timeless elegance, while the lavish use of leather and chrome plating adorned the cabin, reflecting Lamborghini’s commitment to uncompromising quality.

The debut of the 350 GT at the Geneva Motor Show was met with widespread acclaim, instantly catapulting Lamborghini into the spotlight. With Ferruccio Lamborghini himself showcasing the car to eager onlookers and journalists, the Lamborghini 350 GT became an instant icon, heralding the dawn of a new era in automotive excellence.

Over the years, the legacy of the 350 GT only grew stronger, as it became the cornerstone of Lamborghini’s success. Its revolutionary V12 engine would go on to power some of the most legendary models in the brand’s history, cementing its place in the annals of automotive greatness.

The story of the 350 GT is not just one of engineering brilliance; it’s also a tale of cultural significance. From its appearance in the 1967 film “Kill Me Quick, I’m Cold” to its ownership by renowned personalities in the entertainment world, the 350 GT became a symbol of prestige and aspiration.

Today, as Automobili Lamborghini celebrates 60 years since the debut of the 350 GT, the legacy lives on. With the oldest existing production model meticulously restored and certified by Lamborghini Polo Storico, the spirit of innovation and excellence that defined the 350 GT continues to inspire generations of enthusiasts.

As this iconic car takes to the streets of Geneva once again, it serves as a reminder of Lamborghini’s enduring commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering and design. Six decades on, the Lamborghini 350 GT remains a testament to the visionaries who dared to dream and the legacy they created.

1964 Lamborghini 350 GT

  • Engine Type: L351, 12 V-cylinders at 60°
  • Position: Front longitudinal
  • Bore and stroke: 77×62 mm
  • Displacement: 3464 cc
  • Maximum power: 320 CV at 7000 rpm
  • Distribution: 2 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshaft, chain driven
  • Fuel system: 6 Weber 40 DCOE twin carburetors
  • Lubrication: wet sump
  • Transmission: 5-speed ZF + R
  • Chassis: Tubular
  • Suspension: 4-wheel independent suspension, coil springs, telescopic dampers
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc brake system
  • Electrical equipment: 12V
  • Wheelbase: 2550 mm
  • Track: 1380 mm Front and Rear
  • Dimensions LxWxH mm: 4470x1720x1220
  • Weight: 1100 kg
  • Tires: Pirelli 205/15
  • Units produced: 135

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