Lamborghini

The essentials

Date founded

1963

Derivation of name

name of founder

Name meaning

-

Where founded

Sant'Agata Bolognese (near Modena)

Name of founder(s)

Ferruccio Lamborghini

First car name

350GTV

First car date

1963

First car top speed/power

274kmh / 360bhp

Latest car name

Gallardo

Latest car date

2003

Latest car top speed/power

309kmh / 500bhp

Founder birth-death date

1916-1993

Founder background

farming family;tractor business

Current ownership

Audi(1998)

Current base

Sant' Agata Bolognese

Current top person

Stephan Winkelmann

3 of the best

Miura (1965); Countach(1971); Diablo(1990)


Lamborghini

Brief History of Marque

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., commonly known as Lamborghini, is based in the small Italian village of Sant'Agata Bolognese, near Bologna. The company was founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916–1993) as a spin-off from his very successful tractor factory, Lamborghini Trattori S.p.A..

Ferruccio Lamborghini was an enthusiastic owner of sports cars, including a Ferrari. There are several versions of why Lamborghini started his own company, all of them involving a conflict between himself and Enzo Ferrari. The most common version, as told by Lamborghini's son, is that Ferruccio Lamborghini went to meet Enzo Ferrari at the Ferrari factory to complain about the quality of the clutch in Lamborghini's Ferrari 250 GT.

Enzo Ferrari sent him away telling him to go and drive tractors because he was not able to drive cars. Lamborghini went back to his factory, had his Ferrari's clutch dismantled and realised that the clutch manufacturer was the same one that supplied the clutches for his tractors. In his spare parts warehouse he found a spare part which he thought suitable, he installed it and solved the problem.

Featuring bodies designed by Franco Scaglione, Touring of Milan, Zagato, Mario Marazzi, Bertone, ItalDesign, Marcello Gandini and Luc Donckerwolke, Lamborghinis are not only amongst the most expensive and powerful road-going vehicles made, but are also considered by many to be some of the most stunning and impressive in appearance.

Contrary to a frequent misunderstanding, Ferruccio himself never was a bullfighting supporter but loved bulls and was a Taurus, which explains why most models have a name somehow related to bulls.

Main Models

Lamborghini model list, technical and other information on past, present and future models

Manufacturer Site

The official Lamborghini website

Lamborghini Clubs

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Lamborghini Essentials

Facts & Figures and Brief History of Marque.

Features

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