Published By: Jayati

Vintage velocity: discover the 5 oldest Lamborghinis ever made!

Ferruccio Lamborghini's feud with Ferrari sparked the creation of Lamborghini. Imagine a tractor manufacturer challenging the sports car elite! It's a tale of guts and glory that forever changed the automotive landscape.

Lamborghini's been in the game for ages, crafting some seriously iconic rides. Their first-ever production whip, the Lamborghini 350 GT, hit the streets back in '64, kickstarting their legendary lineup. Even though they've moved on to newer models like the Revuelto and Huracan, classics like the 350 GT still fetch millions at auctions. Let's take a trip down memory lane and check out 5 of the oldest Lambos still around, each one a piece of automotive history.

Lamborghini 350 GT (1964–1966) 

The Lamborghini 350 GT was a game-changer, marking the brand's entry into the grand touring car scene and giving Ferrari a run for its money. With its powerful 3.5-litre V12 engine pumping out 270 horsepower, it could hit a top speed of 158 mph. Rarity added to its allure, with just 118 units ever made. Its debut at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show put Lamborghini on the map, setting the stage for a fierce rivalry with Ferrari.

Lamborghini 400 GT (1966–1968)

The Lamborghini 400 GT was a step up from the 350 GT, boasting a beefier 3.9-litre V12 engine churning out 320 horsepower. It also introduced a more practical 2+2 seating arrangement, making it a versatile grand tourer. With a top speed of 155 mph, it pushed Lamborghini further into the realm of high-performance luxury. A total of 274 units were produced, including special editions that added to its allure.

Lamborghini Miura (1966–1972)

The Lamborghini Miura wasn't just a car; it was a game-changer, reshaping the world of supercars. Inspired by the legendary Spanish bull breeder, its name and badge honoured the Miura bull. Designed by Marcello Gandini for Bertone, the Miura boasted a sleek, aerodynamic design that turned heads wherever it went. Its powerful 3.9-litre V12 engine, pumping out 380 horsepower, gave it the speed to match its stunning looks. With 764 units crafted, each Miura was a masterpiece of automotive engineering, embodying the spirit of innovation and craftsmanship.

Lamborghini Islero (1968–1969)

The Lamborghini Islero came after the 400 GT. It had a more modern and simple look compared to later Lamborghini models. The Islero had a 3.9-litre V12 engine that could produce 325 horsepower, giving it a top speed of 154 mph (248 km/h). It also had features like independent suspension and disc brakes. Only 225 Isleros were made, making it quite rare. Though it wasn't made for racing, a French team tried to race a modified Islero in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it crashed during qualifying and couldn't compete.

Lamborghini Espada (1968–1978)

The Espada was Lamborghini’s first four-seater grand tourer, designed for practicality and comfort. Its name, "Espada," is Spanish for "sword," a nod to the bullfighting tradition. Styled by Marcello Gandini, it boasts Lamborghini’s V12 engine, churning out 325 horsepower. With a top speed of 152 mph (245 km/h), it offered both performance and luxury. Over 10 years, Lamborghini produced 1,217 Espadas, making it their most successful model then.

These vintage Lamborghini models are like pieces of automotive art, each with its own story and character. It's incredible to see how they've paved the way for the iconic brand we know today. Lamborghini's evolution over the years is a testament to their passion for pushing boundaries in the world of supercars.a