History of Lamborgini

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Ferruccio Lamborghini became known as a wizard at technical improvisation and became hugely in demand at fixing engines.

After WW2 he returned to Modena in northern Italy and established a small car and motorcycle repair shop.  He soon discovered that there was a huge need for tractors in the area in which he lived. He discovered he could build about one tractor a month from disused military vehicles. As Italy's economy grew demand for his tractors began to grow. He started building his own tractor engines. His tractor business became hugely successful reaching a rate of over 400 a month in 1960. He soon looked at growing the business and in 1960 began manufacturing heaters and air conditioning units for buildings as well as repairing the tractor business. This too became very successful

The famous car

About this time Lamborghini began to get interested in pioneering a high performance car. He had owned Oscas, Mitsibushis and Ferraris but was always annoyed with them.  Particularly their engines. There is a now renowned story about how he was annoyed with problems he had with a clutch in a Ferrari (a Ferrari 250 GT), and went to Enzo Ferrari whose factory was nearby. Enzo had no time for a tractor manufacturer and just dismissed him. Lamborghini decided there was nothing they were doing he could not do better. He decided to create his own car with a V12 engine.  For the design he discovered a very talented engineer named Giampaolo Dallara who had previously worked on a Ferrari V12 engine.

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History of Lamborgini

The Lamborghini "350 GTV" original car was shown to the public on the Turin Auto Show of 1963. Sales began the following year. The car was named the 350 GT. It was a total success. Over 130 were sold. The future of Automobili Lamborghini seemed very bright during the sixties. The 350 GT was followed by the 400 GT and then the 400 GT 2+2. The 350 GT and 400 GT 2+2 allowed the Lamborghini name to be known throughout the world. With the funds coming in from these cars and his successful business Ferruccio allowed his engineers to design and construction a new car - the Lamborghini Miura. The Miura made the Lamborghini name legendary. It was a car very much ahead of its time. It shocked even companies like Ferrari and Maserati.

First showing

The Miura was first shown in 1965 at the Turin Auto Show by Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. Only the chassis was displayed at the show, the engine was transversely mid-mounted, which up to then only seen in real F1 race cars. The design of the body was done by Marcello Gandini in under a year, and on the March 1966 Geneva Show it was completed and on display. It looked better than in Turin. The car was aggressively styled, and an apt name was chosen for it, the Miura, a name used from the fierce Spanish fighting bulls. Again the car was a total success.

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