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Where did Lamborghini come from?

How did this Italian tractor company become one of the best supercar makers in the world?

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Out of all the car companies in the world, arguably Lamborghini has the most interesting history out of all of them. Lamborghini began as a tractor company in Italy and is now considered to be one of the best supercar manufacturers in the world. But why did Lamborghini make and switch, and is it still involved in the amazing world of tractors?

After the end of the Second World War, Ferruccio Lamborghini began making tractors with spare parts from military vehicles. He also invested in the manufacturing of air conditioning systems and became wealthy because of his various business ventures. And with all this money, Lamborghini began to buy high quality sports cars, such as Ferraris.

In 1963 however, Lamborghini had a problem with the clutch disc in his Ferrari and he went to complain to Enzo Ferrari himself. Ferrari was dismissive of Lamborghini's claims and said that "the problem is not with the car, but rather, the driver." This did not sit well with Lamborghini, who decided to take apart the Ferrari's transmission. Discovering that it had the same transmission as his tractors, Lamborghini began development of a new sports car to rival Ferrari.

1964 Lamborghini 350 GT (credit: todaysautomobilenews.com)

1964 Lamborghini 350 GT (credit: todaysautomobilenews.com)

The outcome of this project was the Lamborghini 350 GT. The 350 GT was in production from the years 1964 to 1966. And it served as Lamborghini's entry to the car world. The 350 GT had a lightweight, aluminum body. And a 3.5-liter V12 engine, with 4-wheel independent suspension. Wealthy Italian consumers loved the new Lamborghini, as it now gave them a new option when it came to cars. The next Lamborghini would be the 400 GT which was produced with a 4.0-liter V12 engine. But what really set the stage for Lamborghini would be the Miura.

Lamborghini Miura (credit: exoticcarlist.com)

Lamborghini Miura (credit: exoticcarlist.com)

When it came out in 1966, the Miura took the world by storm. It was universally loved and desired by many. And it also set a new trend for supercars that still exist to this day. It was the first mid-engined Lamborghini. The Miura also brought Lamborghini into the small club of exotic car manufacturers. This car ultimately solidified Lamborghini's place in the car world, where it would remain to this day.

Lamborghini Espada (credit: autoevolution.com)

Lamborghini Espada (credit: autoevolution.com)

Another interesting car that came out during this time from Lamborghini was the Espada. It used a conventional front-engined layout with a 4.0-liter V12. The Espada and other cars like it were all temporary compared to the vast success of Lamborghini's next addition to its lineup.

Lamborghini Countach (credit: supercars.net)

Lamborghini Countach (credit: supercars.net)

The Countach was loved, and still is today for its revolutionary styling and setting a style similar to most Lamborghini's today use. This car also continued the tradition of being mid-engined when has continued to this day when it comes to most Lamborghinis. It was also the first Lamborghini to have scissor doors, and rear mounted air intakes. Which are now mostly standard among Lamborghinis today.

It wasn't all good for Lamborghini though, in 1972, there was a major financial setback. There was a massive tractor order to a South American country that Lamborghini was going to fill. In preparation of this order, Lamborghini had built up its production capability in its tractor factories. The order was never filled, but the cost upgrading the production facilities was too much for Lamborghini to handle, as a result the tractor side of the company was sold to Fiat Tractors and then was then acquired by the SAME Deutz-Fahr Group.

Lamborghini Diablo (credit: supercars.net)

Lamborghini Diablo (credit: supercars.net)

Later during the 1970s, the oil crisis had taken its toll on Lamborghini. In 1978, Lamborghini declared bankruptcy. The Swiss Mamran brothers bought what was left of the company in 1984 and sold it to Chrysler in 1987. Under Chrysler the Lamborghini DIablo came out and was successful in a similar way of the Countach. Chrysler eventually sold Lamborghini to Indonesian company Megatech in 1994.

Under Megatech, the Lamborghini Diablo was updated to the Diablo SV in 1995. It was also during this time that Lamborghini made the switch to all-wheel drive. Lamborghini was sold again in 1997 by Megatech to Audi. Under Audi Lamborghini has continued its tradition of excellence and has continued making mid-engined supercars such as the Murcielago. And it has also dabbled more significantly into the SUV market, with the Lamborghini Urus. Lamborghini had remained under Audi since and continues to make amazing cars. And it seems that there is no stopping the innovation and performance of Lamborghini.

Sources: The History of Lamborghini (cars-directory.net) and A Brief History of Lamborghini - Autotrader and Luxury car magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini is born - HISTORY

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