Since becoming established in 1963 to compete with Ferrari, Lamborghini has aimed to produce grand touring cars to be driven on the road as opposed to the race track. That is not to say they didn’t dabble in motorsport however that was never the main focus of the business.
Ferruccio Lamborghini reportedly decided to form his company having had a number of unsatisfactory experiences with Ferraris. The rest as they say is history as over the last fifty-plus years Lamborghini has produced some of the most iconic road cars of all time. Lamborghinis have a personality of their own and are renowned for providing owners with a motor that exudes fun and elegance. So, what are the best Lamborghini Road cars of all time? Well, we’ve had a go at picking our favourite five of all time.
Lamborghini 350 GT
The first-ever Lamborghini to grace the roads the 350 GT was launched in 1964 at the Geneva Motor Show. The GT stands for grand tourer and this model was manufactured between 1964 and 1966 and featured a 3.5-litre V12 engine. The 350 GT was based on an earlier prototype, which was initially deemed to be unsuitable for production. In fact, the success of the 350 GT allowed the company to continue. There were 120 350 GT’s produced before it was replaced with the Lamborghini 400 GT in 1966.
The Miura was launched around the same time that the production of the 350 GT was ending. The Miura is, without doubt, one of the greatest supercars ever produced and a design that many others copied. The two-seater with a 4.0-litre V12 engine had stylish looks and became an overnight sensation. The Miura remained in production from 1966 to 1973 and when released was the fastest production road car ever made with a top speed of around 170 mph.
The Lamborghini Countach had the difficult job of replacing the legendary Miura. It was originally shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971 as a concept design, and something most observers thought would never be produced. The Countach is probably one of the most exotic of all road cars featuring the famous Italian Wedge shape and scissor doors. The Lamborghini Countach was featured extensively in the movie The Cannonball Run.
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
Bringing us right up to date is the Gallardo Spyder which has a 5-litre V10 engine. It became the companies most successful model in terms of sales with more than 14,000 being built over ten years. The Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder is named after a famous fighting bull and is a convertible version of the Lamborghini Gallardo.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
We are going to finish with what is generally thought of as the ultimate Lamborghini Road car. Not only does it feature a 6.5 Litre 759 bhp V12 engine but has aerodynamic looks that could have been designed at NASA. The top speed of one of these models is around 218mph and the cost is a mind-blowing £271,000. Now it goes without saying that the average joe would struggle to cover the costs of replacing the clutch on a Lamborghini never mind one of these beauties, however, we can but dream of that lottery win.
While the models we have selected may not be to everyone’s taste we hope they will have given you an insight into some of the famous models produced by this legendary manufacturer.