The last 23 cars of the Lamborghini 350 GT featured a larger, 4-litre engine. This same engine was used in the new Lamborghini 400 GT which was presented in 1966 Geneva Motor Show. The new Lamborghini 400 GT was also created by Carrozzeria Touring, but compared to the 350 GT, this new models had restyled […]
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Lamborghini GT 350 was a stylish and sporty coupe manufactured between 1964 and 1966. After the presentation of the first prototype in 1963, the production of the Lamborghini 350 GTV started a year later. The Lamborghini GT 350 was powered by 3.5-litre 12-cylinder V-engine. It produced 320 horsepower.
The Mimram brothers took over the Lamborghini company in July 1980, and established the Nuova Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini. The new owners started production of the Lamborghini LM002 off-road vehicle and also replaced the Lamborghini Silhouette with the Lamborghini Jalpa.
amborghini Silhouette was presented at the 1976 Geneva Auto Show as an evolution of the Urraco. Lamborghini Silhouette was a two-door, two-seat, mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car. With the Targa roof, the Silhouette proposed an alternative open version with the intention of winning over the difficult United States market.
After several prototypes had been built, Lamborghini presented the Lamboghini LM002 series model at the Brussels Auto Show in 1986. This powerful off-road vehicle borrowed its engine from the Lamborghini Countach. The 5.2-litre V12-engine produced 444 hp. Lamborghini LM002 could accelerate from zero to hundred km/h in 7.9 seconds. Top speed was 210 km/h.
Lamborghini introduced Countach LP5000 prototype at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971. The car was styled by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio. Marcello Gandini was the same man who had also designed the Lamborghini Miura. The Countach prototype had a striking design. The car’s shape was wide and low, but not very long. One of the Countach’s trademarks were the scissor doors. The front hinged scissor doors were stylish, but there was also a practical reason. The car’s tubular spaceframe chassis meant that the door sills were very high and wide, which made it a bit difficult to get out of the car. And because of the width of the car, the conventional doors would have been impossible to use in a confined space.
To compete with the Ferrari Dino, Maserati Merak and Porsche 911, Lamborghini needed a new, smaller and cheaper car in the beginning of the 1970s. The answer to this need was a completely new car model, which was named Urraco. It was designed by Marcello Gandini, who worked at Bertone at the time and had already designed the Lamborghini Miura and the Espada. It was designed to be more spacious than its competitors so the 2-door coupe got 2+2 seating configuration. And to provide better performance, a V8 engine was installed.