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
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.