"At the end of the Fifties Ferruccio Lamborghini had a fateful old moan-up about the finish of the Ferrari he had bought. Few could have predicted that the tractor manufacturer would soon begin to build a car company that aspired "
Lamborghini 3500 GTZ
When Zagato met Lambo
This is a one-off Lamborghini-Zagato collab.
And don’t let anyone tell you it’s not a result of the oneupmanship that was riddled through the relationship between Ferruccio and il commendatore.
You’ve heard the story. The Lambo boss was upset at the finish quality of his Ferrari (we think it was a 250 GTO), that he complained right to Sig. Ferrari himself. The guvnor told Ferruccio to go back and work on his tractors and that he should let him worry about the design of his cars.
In response, of course, Lamborghini went ahead and produced the 350GTV.
Zagato’s designer Ercole Spada was given the task of updating the Touring/ Bizzarini design of 350 GTV in 1965: and he came up with this one-off. Admittedly, it looks so close to Ferrari’s 250 GTO – so close that it never went into full production despite its undeniable pulchritude.
Strange that such an incredibly pretty car was rejected. Perhaps the slightly more brutal aesthetic of all Lambos after this one stems directly from this pretty piece of Ferrari flattery.
While Zagato might be known for its Marmite designs, we think anyone would agree this is perhaps the prettiest Lamborghini to roll a wheel.
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