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The 350/400 GT Series represented Ferruccio Lamborghini’s intention to construct the finest Grand Touring automobiles ever assembled. Many automotive journalists at the time hailed the cars as being better than equivalent exotic machinery. During its introductory year, only thirteen examples of the 350 GT version were created. Around 120 examples were created in total and all were mostly hand-built. Of these rare cars, very few survivors remain in the same condition as Chassis 148, the car on offer here. Finished in a lustrous black over tan leather hides and riding on Borrani knockoff wire wheels, this remarkable early Lamborghini was restored comprehensively inside and out. From its trademark oval Cibie headlamps to the early 3.5-liter Bizzarrini-designed V-12 engine, no detail or element was overlooked in bringing this exquisite car back to the standards to which it was originally built.
An active invited participant in the highly demanding Concours d’Elegance circuit, this outstanding early production 350 GT has received multiple best in class awards indicative of it stunning quality of workmanship, attention to detail, and dramatic presentation. A comprehensive restoration portfolio details the work performed and confirms that only the very best materials and craftsmanship were used. Mechanicals attended to by noted authority Mr. Bob Wallace, brightwork by Christensen Plating and interior by Dubuque Trim – no detail was left unattended.
The early production nature of this feature car has many unique features. Although the serial numbers of the first cars were not in consecutive order – and no records have been discovered that divulge the actual build sequence – several components clearly indicate this is one of the very first produced. Most notably, the unique early production feature of the engine-turned machined steering wheel and dash surround. Unlike the later production 400s, the early 350GTs featured all-alloy coachwork by Touring employing their unique patented Superleggera build process. Many features of the 350GT were state of the art, and remain avant-garde even by today’s standards. For example, every piece of glass on the car has compound curves. From tiny, almost invisible A-pillars, to the simplistic rear-view mirror, the lines of the bodywork continually transform into different sensuous shapes each time the car is viewed from various angles. The objective to create the ultimate touring car, for exclusivity, speed, comfort, and ultimate enjoyment of the driver and fortunate occupant were dramatically achieved in what is now heralded as one of automotive design and engineering’s greatest achievements.