Lamborghini 3500 GTZ takes top honors at Japanese concours

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1965 Lamborghini 3500 GTZ is unanimous choice by judges as Best of Show honors in Japan | Lamborghini Polo Storico photos

A 1965 Lamborghini 3500 GTZ won Best of Show honors at the recent Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto 2019, held at historic Nijo Castle during the height of the “Sakura” cherry-blossom season in Japan. 

Of the 54 vehicles entered in Japan’s most prestigious annual concours, 22 were Lamborghinis and they filled three classes — 1963-1970, 1971-1985 and 1986-2000.

The Best of Show winner was a 3500 GTZ (chassis 0310), which won by unanimous vote of the jury of international judges. Owned by an American collector, the car also won the “Race and Prototypes” class and also took the award as the “Best Zagato”’ bodied car.

A line of Lambos

Nijo Castle dates to 1063 and was the residence of the first shogun of the Edo Period. The castle was designated a World Heritage Site in 1994 by UNESCO.

At the conclusion of the concours, 15 cars did the “Tour d’Eleganza Kyoto 2019,” a 3-day driving event.

Cherry blossoms in full bloom in Kyoto
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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