Latest Top Lists

Lamborghini, who stepped from the tractor to the super car

Ferruccio Lamborghini was born on April 28, 1916, in Renzo to farming parents. As he got older, he had no desire to follow in his parents' footsteps. He liked mechanics and engineering. He studied engineering in Bologna and after graduation, he became known as a mechanical improvement expert.

Tractor manufacture

After World War II, he brought back to his home near Modena, northern Italy, and opened a small car and motorcycle repair shop. He soon saw that there was a great need for tractors in the agricultural area where he lived. He set up that abandoned military vehicles could only make one tractor a month. 

As the Italian economic system grew, the demand for his high-quality tractors began to grow, and he began to build his own tractor engines. His tractor business grew by more than 400 tractors a month in 1960. He quickly focused on fleshing out the business, and in 1960 began manufacturing heaters and air-conditioning units in the building as well as the tractor business. It was a very successful business.

By this time Lamborghini had begun to get a high-performance car. He got to see the Enzo Ferrari factory nearby. Enzo had no demand for a tractor manufacturer, and he rejected the proposal.

Lamborghini decided not to do anything better than Ferrari. He also determined to make his own car with a V12 engine. In this aim, he found a very talented engineer, Jiampao Dallara, who had previously worked on a Ferrari V12 engine.

The new engine produced 350 horsepower with four cams per cylinder, a short shot and four large bore. It was a complete aluminum engine that was constructed with the help of seven bearings.

These carriages were also made of piston forged aluminum. This locomotive was actually the prototype for future Lamborghini engines. The template developed by Scaglione-Touring was used to put on the engine.

First Lamborghini Car- 350 GT

The Lamborghini "350 GTV" prototype was presented to the public at the 1963 Turin Auto Show and sales began the following year. The car was called the 350 GT. It's been a complete success. Over 130 books were sold.

In the sixties, the future of Automobili Lamborghini was bright. The 350 GT was later introduced as a 400 GT and 400 GT 2 + 2. The Lamborghini brand became famous worldwide with the 350 GT and 400 GT 2 + 2. Funds from these cars and his successful tractor business helped his engineers to design a fresh car.

Lamborghini Mayura

Mayura made the Lamborghini name a legend. It is a car ahead of schedule. It shocked even companies like Ferrari and Maserati. The Mayura was first exhibited at the Turin Auto Show in November 1965, and only the chassis was shown at the exhibition. 

The engine was mounted right in the middle and until then, the layout was only set up in real race cars. The template was completed by Marcelo Gandini in less than a year and was finished and exhibited at the March 1966 Geneva Exhibition. The car was so aggressive that it got the name "Mura", a fierce Spanish bull. The car was a success with customers.

Dark Ages

In 1974, the Lamborghini tractor business suffered a major blow. A huge order for tractors to a South American country was canceled. Demand-driven, Lamborghini had previously refurbished its tractor factory, causing the company to lose a great deal of money. 

The factory was having labor problems at this time, and although Ferruzio Lamborghini's personal wealth was still substantial, he decided to sell part of the factory. The manufacturing plant was eventually taken over by Fiat.

In the seventies, the society survived the sale of the Miura, and the auto industry became self-sufficient and began making money. Nonetheless, Lamborghini eventually sold the rest of the company to a Swiss investor. Ferruzio Lamborghini died in February 1993 at the age of 76.

Altered Ownership

The oil crisis of the 70s made it hard to sell high-performance cars. The company declared bankruptcy in 1978. An Italian court was appointed to get a buyer. The Swiss Mimran brothers managed to pull through the factory. Patrick Mimran (one brother) further developed the product in the 1980s from the LP500 S to the charming QuattroValvole.

The Mimran brothers sold the company to Chrysler Corporation, which was a great surprise at the time. In 1994, Chrysler was in trouble and the company had to be traded. It was purchased by an Indonesian investment group led by the well-known Suharto family Tommy Suharto.

Unfortunately, in the late 90's, an economic crisis began to hit Indonesian owners hard and money for research into new products began to hunt out. Fortuitously for the German company Audi, Lamborghini was interested. In a serial publication of complex transactions on August 4, 1998, Audi AG Automobile became the sole owner of Lamborghini.

We trust this is the final chapter in changing ownership of this unique little Italian car company. They have gained the respect of the people for producing such attractive cars despite all the ownership changes they have experienced over the years.

No comments