Friday, January 28, 2011

Lamborghini's Origin was a Farm Tractor... (6pics)

Not too many people know this, but the ultra-chic and uber-expensive Lamborghini car originates from a history of Farm Tractors... who knew!? 
Italian born Ferruccio Lamborghini was always fascinated with engines in his early age during World War II. Working on engines as a mechanic during the war prepped him in setting up a small motorcycle repair shop after the war. He soon realized the desperate need for tractors in the agricultural area where he lived. As the economy grew in the 1960's so did his tractor business as well as his interest in building tractor engines to the actual tractors themselves... 
...[Ferruccio] Lamborghini started to get interested in developing a high performance car. He had owned Oscas, Maseratis and Ferraris but was always disappointed with them.  Particularly their engines. There is a now famous story about how he was frustrated with problems he had with a clutch in a Ferrari (a Ferrari 250 GT), and went to visit Enzo Ferrari who's factory was nearby. Enzo had no time for a tractor manufacture and simply dismissed him. Lamborghini decided there was nothing Ferrari was doing he could not do better. He decided too build his own car with a V12 engine. For the design he found a very talented engineer named Giampaolo Dallara who had previously worked on a Ferrari V12 engine. 
Ferruccio with his car and tractor
the first Lamborghini EVER.
The 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo

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