Lamborghini 350 GT factory restoration…

Lamborghini 350 GT

Lamborghini 350 GT

Lamborghini PoloStorico participated for the first time at Rétromobile 2017, the international classic car exhibition just held in Paris.

The car on display, the Lamborghini 350 GT chassis number 0121, is one of the first fifteen examples produced by Automobili Lamborghini and the first 350 GT to be restored by the special Lamborghini PoloStorico section.

The restoration of the bodywork and interior took 1150 hours, plus 780 additional hours for checking mechanical and electrical functions.

With 350 GT chassis number 0121, particular attention was given to reworking the engine cooling system, the braking system, and the fuel system, to ensure safety as well as authenticity. After the restoration process, a track test revealed excellent balance and overall performance, with precise gear changes and effective, reliable braking, considering harsh track conditions.

The black leather interior was refurbished using the classic procedures of the era, and 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.  Painted during the restoration, the same techniques and formula was using the original nitroacrylic paint.

Lamborghini PoloStorico Documentation

Lamborghini PoloStorico Documentation

This is the fourth full restoration project carried out by Lamborghini PoloStorico, following a Miura, an LM002 and a Countach. Safeguarding the historical heritage of the House of the Raging Bull, Lamborghini PoloStorico’s activity focuses on four key areas: restoration, archive management, certification, and supply of original spare parts through the Lamborghini  factory as well as the dealer network, aimed  at preserving a classic Lamborghini’s value.

Lamborghini takes justifiable pride in a cache of spare parts that covers more than 70% of classic Lamborghini models, and additional parts can be fabricated on site.

Lamborghini clients can enjoy an exclusive service that allows them to keep their cars’ original features unchanged over time, using genuine spare parts.

The specialized skills of the Polo Storico Lamborghini experts, combined with very high quality standards, allow for authentic and professional maintenance of the vehicles in terms of restoration materials, methods and treatments, thus bringing the cars to their original perfection.

About the first Lamborghini:  The 12-cylinder aluminum alloy engine of the 350 GT, was adapted for a sophisticated and demanding clientele, delivering 270 HP from its 3464 cc power plant. The five-speed ZF gearbox, and independent four-wheel suspension with Girling brakes were housed in an aluminum body. Initially produced with a dry-sump lubrication system, this was later replaced with a wet-sump system in recognition that the high performance 350 GT was designed for the road rather than the race track.

Many sports car aficionados  still consider the 350 GT to be the most elegant of all Lamborghini creations.

Lamborghini PoloStorico: https://www.lamborghini.com/en-en/ownership/polo-storico

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