1966 Lamborghini 350 GT by Touring
$250,000 - $300,000Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 15 - 17 AUGUST 2019 - Offered on Saturday
- Incredible, unrestored condition
- Believed to be among the last run of 350 GTs produced
- Upgraded with 4.0-liter V-12 engine
- One of only 120 built from 1964 to 1966
Lamborghini’s first production car, the 350 GT, was the brainchild of two of Italy’s most illustrious auto designers. With an engine designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, fresh from Ferrari, and a chassis engineered by Gianpaolo Dallara, the 350 GT needed only Touring’s superleggera bodywork to be worthy of the charging bull. Production of the 350 GT took place from 1964 to 1966, during which time 120 examples were produced.
Offered here, chassis 0400 was completed on 2 May 1966. It is believed to be among the last run of 350 GTs produced, as work had begun on the car’s successor, the 400 GT 2+2. According to factory production records, chassis 0400 left the Works finished in Azzurro Fiat, destined for the United States via Jake Kaplan’s East Coast Lamborghini distributorship. The early history is not known; however, the car found its way to the West Coast sometime in the late 1970s, evidenced by the 1980 Long Beach Grand Prix sticker still on the windscreen. By the 1990s, the car was in the hands of noted Ferrari and Lancia expert Tony Nicosia. He remembered the car as highly original, unrestored, and a good driving example during his time with it. Nicosia serviced the 350 GT before selling it to the most recent owner over 20 years ago. Since then it has remained quietly part of a significant private collection of unique and important sports cars.
Today the car remains in amazing, unrestored condition. At some point in this car’s history, the original 3.5-liter V-12 engine was replaced with a 320 hp, 4.0-liter quad-cam V-12 unit. In the ’70s or ’80s, the seats were reupholstered in black with blue corduroy fabric inserts. Aside from the seats, the door panels, dash, headlining, and rear luggage area, the car remains in highly original condition.
With the previous owner, the car saw an extended period of storage, requiring recommissioning to return it to running and driving order. Recent work includes a full fuel system overhaul, rebuilt Weber carburetors, new brake boosters and plumbing, cleaned and inspected brake calipers, and new clutch hydraulic cylinders. The car runs quite well, with excellent brakes and gearbox. Additional sorting may be required to return it to regular road use.
As a late-production 350 GT upgraded with 4.0-liter V-12, chassis 0400 is a highly desirable example of Lamborghini’s first road car to rival Ferrari. This 350 GT’s remarkable, unrestored condition lends itself to further preservation or an excellent starting point for concours restoration. The Lamborghini 350 GT is one of the greatest grand touring cars of the era, delivering equal parts comfort, practicality, and performance in a distinctive and beautifully styled package.