The 350 GT chassis number 0121 is one of the first 15 examples produced by Automobili Lamborghini and the first of its kind to be restored by Lamborghini Polo Storico, the supercar company’s division dealing with the restoration of older Lambo models.
The restoration of the 350 GT’s bodywork and interior took 1150 hours, plus 780 additional hours for checking mechanical and electrical functions. These operations brought the car back to its original beauty according to a very precise philosophy of restoration – Lamborghini Polo Storico always strives to maintain the car’s originality as much as possible, and the conservation work involves exclusive use of original Lamborghini parts, specially reconstructed in certain instances.
The parts reconstruction process is enhanced where possible by seeking out the historical suppliers and using the original technical drawings and designs.
For the restored 350 GT (shown for the first time at Rétromobile 2017), particular attention was given to reworking the engine cooling system, the braking system and the fuel system, to ensure safety as well as authenticity. Concluding the restoration process, a track test revealed excellent balance and overall performance, with precise gearchanges and effective, reliable braking, even under the stress of the track.
The black leather interior was refurbished using the classic procedures of the era, while the wooden steering wheel and the original accelerator, clutch, and brake pedals were restored maintaining the small signs of wear. The radio, too, is original and still functions perfectly, just as in 1964 when the car was delivered to its first owner.
The 350 GT was painted during the restoration using the same techniques and formula as the original nitro-acrylic paint, giving it a particularly elegant look and accentuating its lines. The original rims were restored and authenticated by the original supplier, Ruote Borrani of Milan, and the car was fitted with Pirelli Cinturato 205 R15 tyres, just as in the original version.
The original ornaments and marks carefully conserved by the devoted owner complete the authenticity of the car.
This is the fourth full restoration project carried out by Lamborghini Polo Storico, following a Miura, an LM002 and a Countach. Safeguarding the historical heritage of the House of the Raging Bull, the division’s activity focuses on four key areas: restoration, archive management, certification, and supply of original spare parts through the Lamborghini aftersales department and dealer network, aiming to preserve a classic car’s value.
Lamborghini boasts a spare parts warehouse that covers more than 70 percent of classic Lamborghini supercar parc, with supply of additional components on request.