After serving in World War II, Ferrucio Lamborghini set up his tractor and heating/ventilation businesses and became very wealthy. He splashed his cash on beautiful cars, including a couple of Ferraris, but grew tired of their problematic clutches and replaced them with his own... from his tractors. He tried advising Enzo on this and many other issues with his cars but this fell on deaf ears — so the no-nonsense Ferrucio decided to build his own grand tourer and the most famous rivalry in the automotive world had begun.
He debuted the Lamborghini 350 GTV at the 1963 Turin motor show with a highly strung 350bhp racing-spec 3.5-litre V12 designed by Giotto Bizarrini but Ferrucio wasn’t happy... He had the body restyled by Carrozzeria Touring and detuned the V12 by 30 horses to make it easier to live with. 120 were built and sold, cementing Lamborghini’s future. His follow up, the 400 GT 2+2, was one of the greatest grand tourers ever made. Shown at the 1966 Geneva motor show, it packed a 4.0-litre V12 mated to a five-speed manual and with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers with tubular wishbones and anti-roll bars in all four corners, it gobbled up long stretches of road at high speed in total comfort. It looked gorgeous too riding on a set of Borrani wheels.
Just 247 were built until production ended in 1968 and if you want one today, you’ll need over Dh2million for the privilege.