50 years of Lamborghini 350 GT: Automobili Lamborghini at the 2014 Techno Classica in Essen
Introduced in 1964, the 350 GT was the first series production Lamborghini, and this year this model celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Lamborghini Jalpa from 1988 represents the last evolutionary step for the Lamborghini 8-cylinder models, which had their origin in the Lamborghini Urraco. Both vehicles on display were taken from the extensive historic car collection at the Lamborghini Museum in the company's Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, headquarters.
The Lamborghini 350 GT
Characterized by its balanced lines and developed by Franco Scaglione from prototypes of the 350 GTV, the 1964 350 GT was the first Lamborghini to be mass produced. With its 3.5 liter, 12 cylinder engine perfected by engineer Giotto Bizzarrini and rated at 280 hp, it could reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The vehicle body featured aluminum components, four-wheel independent suspension and disc brakes on all four wheels: some models were equipped with a self-locking differential. By the end of 1966, 120 of these remarkable vehicles had been produced at Carrozzeria Touring. The final versions featured a 4 liter engine with the same power as the 3.5 liter power plant, but with greater torque. Carrozzeria Touring also produced two Spyders (350 GTS).
The Lamborghini Jalpa, considered the evolution of the Silhouette, is brought into production under the ''Nuova Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini'' belonging to the Mimran brothers who took over the company in May 1981. Characterized by a restyling of the body, it is equipped with a bigger 3.5 liter, V8 engine with 255 hp resulting in a top speed of 235 km/h. Compared with the Countach the car was more efficient in everyday use. The car was an important commercial success and between 1981 and 1988 420 units were produced. Once production ended, the V8 engine was never again used in a Lamborghini. The car on display is the last Jalpa to leave the production line, and bears Ferruccio Lamborghini's signature on the glove box.
Original Lamborghini Replacement Parts
Preserving the models produced over the more than fifty-year history of Automobili Lamborghini is in the interests not only of Lamborghini itself, but also of the world's countless keen collectors of the marque. Authorized Lamborghini Workshops specialize in servicing classic Lamborghinis. A web portal that can be entered from any point in the world provides access to catalogues of every Lamborghini model and enables the desired spare part to be conveniently ordered. If a special component is not available, it can be produced right away from the original blueprints. At the Lamborghini stand at Techno Classica, information about obtaining original parts for classic Lamborghinis will be available.