About the 1967 Lamborghini

When Italian tractor manufacturer, Ferruccio Lamborghini, decided to build exotic cars that would trump Enzo Ferrari, he assembled quite the talent pool. Ferrari refugee Giotto Bizzarrini provided the initial technical work. Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani refined the design from there, while New Zealander Bob Wallace did the test driving on local roads and autostradas. Famed designer Franco Scaglione had drawn Lamborghini’s prototype 350GTV body. Carrozzeria Touring was assigned to rework the body into its final form, as well as to assemble the 350GTs.

Production began in May 1963, which put the 350 GT up against the likes of Ferrari’s 250 GT Lusso and, later, the 275 GTB. In that period, Lamborghini assembled 143 350GTs; the car on display (chassis 0547) was finished on September 19, 1967, making it one of the last before the company switched to the 400GT 2+2.

Bizzarrini’s 3.5 Liter V-12 design was tamed to 280 horsepower for reliability and backed by a 5-speed ZF transmission. The independent suspensions are based on A-arms with shocks and coil springs. There are Girling disc brakes and Pirelli Cinturato tires at the corners.

Tested by Road & Track, the 350GT accelerated to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, passed 100 mph in 17.0 seconds on to a 7000-rpm top speed of 152 mph. Road & Track magazine writer, Henry N. Manney explained: “…the purest joy can be gotten from rasping crisply from corner to corner, skimming through flatly under the interested gaze of the local farmers, and then massaging up through the gears along one of those long, bumpy tree-lined straights steady as a rock at 135 mph…”

For more than two decades 0547 had one owner, who put it through an extensive mechanical restoration, and decked it in gleaming black paint and Oxblood red leather.

So, did Lamborghini trump Ferrari?

Note: On loan from Parker J. Collier