Lamborghini issued the first teaser photo of its upcoming supercar slated for a Paris Motor Show reveal earlier this week. Enthralling, perhaps, but we thought we’d issue our own cryptic photos of Lamborghinis past and present for this week’s trivia game.
Think you know which Lamborghini is pictured in the teaser above? Send us your answer in the comments section below. We’ll let the bull run free tomorrow and give you another one to guess at.
Both americana and KaBoomBOX hit the nail on the with yesterday’s car. It was indeed Lamborghini’s first car, the 1963 350 GTV prototype.
Unsatisfied with a whole host of exotic sports cars, Tractor magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini struck out in the early 1960s to craft his own. The prototype 350GTV, unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1963, was designed by Franco Scaglione. The shapely coupe body was crafted by Sargiotto Bodyworks, while the tube-frame chassis was constructed by Neri and Bonacini.
Lamborghini himself had hired the brilliant Giotto Bizzarini to design an engine for his car. The end result was a beautiful 3.5-liter, 360-horsepower V-12, but it never worked its way underhood in time for the show. Tall carburetors prevented the engine from being installed, although an engine was ultimately added during a restoration decades later.
Ferrucio wasn’t entirely happy with the result. The shark-nose front end drew criticism, so the entire car was sent off to Touring for a makeover before entering production. Wheelbase subsequently grew slightly, and in order to improve reliability, the 3.5-liter V-12 was detuned to 270 horsepower. Production began in 1964, and lasted through 1966.