Everyone loves the Miura, but they forget about the first Lamborghini.
Some people think that the first Lamborghini was the Miura, but it was actually the 350 GT. The car was revealed at the 1963 Turin Motor Show with a 360 horsepower V12 engine. It was actually considered too extreme, and was subsequently derated to about 320 horsepower. Lamborghini's Polo Storico division is the company's restoration center, and it has just completed work on its first 350 GT. The car wears the chassis number 0121, making it one of the first 15 cars that were ever built by Lamborghini
Lamborghini certainly didn't spare any expense to ensure that this car would be period-correct. There are no before shots of the vehicle, but Polo Storico says that 780 hours were spent on the mechanical and electrical systems, and no less than 1,150 hours were spent on the body. Part of the restoration included having the leather restored by local specialists, renovating and repolishing the wooden steering wheel, and even fixing the car's radio which was installed by the original owner. The owner who commissioned the work took delivery at the Autodromo di Modena, which was closed for the occasion. Before shipping the car home, he drove the car around the track for 50 miles.
It is rare that a car like this will ever get to see the track, and the car performed perfectly. We are happy to see such a legendary car restored to its former glory and be used the way it deserves.