Lamborghini’s First Road Car

1966 Lamborghini 350GT

Offered by RM Auctions | Phoenix, Arizona | January 18, 2013

1966 Lamborghini 350GT 2+2

Ferruccio Lamborghini’s tractor company made him a small fortune by the late 1950s. He liked cars and owned Alfas, Maseratis and Ferraris. When his Ferrari broke and he tried to tell Enzo Ferrari how to improve it, Enzo basically told him to take a flying leap. So Lamborghini set up his own company and hired Giotto Bizzarrini (from Ferrari, who would later run his own company) to design him a V-12 engine.

The engine was a 3.5-liter aluminium V-12 making 280 horsepower. The two-seat grand touring body was designed by Gian Paolo Dallara (who came over from Ferrari and who would also later run his own company). Performance was brisk – 60 mph came in 6.8 seconds and it topped out at 158 mph.

When new, it cost $15,600 – or about $118,000 today (which really doesn’t seem that all that much considering what a stripper Gallardo will run you). It was a success and allowed Lamborghini to continue on making cars. Only 135 of these were built so they are exceedingly rare when compared with Ferrari’s of similar vintage. It should sell for between $345,000-$425,000. Click here for more info and here for more from RM in Arizona.

Update: Not sold.

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