• Jul 21st 2011 at 4:55PM
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If you had asked us just a few days ago if Giorgetto Giugiaro was behind the design of any production Lamborghini, we probably would have answered, Sure, he must have...right? Wrong. Because none of Lamborghini's road cars ever bore the famed designer's lines.

Bertone styled a few, but those only came years after Giugiaro left for Ghia and then went independent with ItalDesign. Over the course of his later career, he did a couple of design studies for the Raging Bull marque – like the Marco Polo of 1982 and the 1995 Cala concept. But though the latter, it could be claimed, eventually lead to the Gallardo (with a very different design), neither of these ever reached production. But this one almost did. Or at least maybe it should have.

Back in the early 1960s, Lamborghini was still making tractors. But word on the street was that old Ferruccio was bent on showing up Enzo Ferrari with a sportscar of his own. So a number of design houses started submitting proposals, unsolicited. Pininfarina, Ghia, Vignale and Michelotti were among those who vied for the contract, but Carrozzeria Touring eventually won out with the 350 GT, based on the work of former Bertone stylist Franco Scaglione.

Now, some fifty years later, an original design submitted by a young Giorgetto Giugiaro, still working at Bertone, has surfaced. And not just in renderings, either. The designer's son Fabrizio digitized his father's sketches, milled them into a model, painted it yellow, detailed the body and put it on a set of period-correct Borrani wires.

The design, as you can plainly see, was way ahead of its time. If you're thinking it reminds you of the Ferrari P3 or 250 LM, or like one of the Alfa Romeo BAT designs, think again, because none of those – nor anything like it – came along until years later. The result was presented to Giorgetto as a 70th birthday present, and is now prominently displayed at the company's design headquarters in Moncalieri, just nine miles south of Turin. But if you're not planning on visiting the area any time soon, you can check it out in our high-resolution image gallery.


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      Al Davis
      • 4 Years Ago
      stunning to say the least. 2 decades plus ahead of it's time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Al Davis
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      JayP
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sexy- like a 1960's Playboy centerfold.
      kevsflanagan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Todays standards yes its 'eh ok. But thinking back to that era it looks fantastic. Hopefully some wealthy person will see this and commission a One-Off running model.
      AC2RC
      • 4 Years Ago
      My favorite designer !! A nice birthday present for him. He's designed a huge number of cars , from the simplest to the most exotic . Nice clean graceful lines on that yellow one !!
      Darnell Robeson
      • 4 Years Ago
      stunning
      stclair5211
      • 4 Years Ago
      Completely over-rated designer. Sorry. Thumbs me down please.
        Slinky
        • 4 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Done!
        gdodson
        • 4 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Completely agree. This design is curvy, but there's nothing beautiful about it. Very boring.
      Nneuma
      • 4 Years Ago
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      soundbargaming
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great! Now why don't they just do this beautiful design for an upcoming lambo?
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        Probably because it resembles a clown shoe... or a freshman Alias model.
        Matt Off White
        • 4 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        it's a 1960's design with no bumpers or crumple zones. I car such as that would be impossible to build in today's world. And even if it was Lamborghini has said they aren't interested in making nostalgic designs. So more stealth fighters for now.
      summazooma
      • 4 Years Ago
      The B.A.T. models predated this, having been designed/built in the 50s... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_BAT Not sure I'd draw a link between the B.A.T. models and this, though, in any case. If anything, I'm seeing more of a link to the Alfa 33 Stradale (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_33_Stradale) or, MAYBE, the DeTomaso Vallelunga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Tomaso_Vallelunga), none of which were Giugiaros and one (the 33) was after this was designed.
        summazooma
        • 4 Years Ago
        @summazooma
        I missed the obvious link to the Bizzarrini front end (split low profile intakes), as seen on the P538 Duca d'Aosta coupe (http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/2992/Bizzarrini-P538-Duca-d-Aosta-Coupe.html)
      ShutoSteve
      • 4 Years Ago
      No that doesn't look like an Alfa Bat to me, or a 250LM. It looks like a Mid Engine Bizzarrini. http://www.worldtopcars.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/1966_bizzarrini_5300_gt_strada_01.jpg
      Scot H
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bizzarrini-ish
      Speed3cam
      • 4 Years Ago
      am i crazy to be seeing a lot of Miura in that?
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