When Ferruccio Lamborghini moved from tractors to cars, he decided to make a car better than any Ferrari. His biggest problem with the Ferrari models was the lack of quality. So, with the best team possible - made of people like Gian Paolo Dallara and Gitto Bizzarrini - he started to design cars. After he revealed his first prototype the 350 GTV at the Turin Auto Show, he moved onto production models. The first one was called 350 GT , a model powered by a V12 engine that delivered 270 hp. Lamborghini made a total of 120 units.
The 350 GT then evolved into the 400 GT - a a 2+2-seated sports car revealed at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show. The 400 GT was also created by Carrozzeria Touring, but its interior was restyled, made roomier and so we have the 400 GT 2+2 four seater.
The 400 GT entered production in 1966 and was offered with either the 3.5-liter (known as 400 GT 2+2) or four-liter V12 engine (known as 400GT). The last one was built in only 23 units and are known as the ’Interim’ cars. The V12 engine delivered 320 hp and helped the car to hit a top speed of 270 km/h (167mph).
For a man that used to build tractors, a concept car like 350GTV was a big step forward. Ferruccio Lamborghini created Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in 1963 and the 350GTV was the first prototype he made. The concept previewed the the later 350 GT, the first car ever made by Lamborghini.
You will ask why a tractor constructor decided to move on supercar? It seems that Ferruccio - a very wealthy man at that time - had some problems with his personal Ferrari. When trying to talk with Enzo Ferrari he received an answer he really didn’t liked: "You should stick with building tractors and let me concern about the cars." You can imagine how angry Ferruccio was, so he decided to create his own dream car. And we do not want to be means, but we might say it would have been better for Enzo Ferrari to pay a little attention to him at that moment!
The 350GTV - a prototype built in only one unit - was built at the tractor factory at Cento because the one in Sant’Agatha was not ready yet. The car made its first public appearance at the 1963 Turin Auto Show.
The concept was designed by Franco Scaglione and built by Giorgio Neri and Luciano Bonacini. It was finished in a bright metallic blue and featured a black leather interior.