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Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.,commonly referred to as Lamborghini (pronounced [lamˈborɡini]), is an Italian automaker based in the small township of Sant'Agata Bolognese. The company was founded in 1963 by manufacturing magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini.

The story of the automaker begins with Ferruccio Lamborghini, the child of grape farmers from the comune of Renazzo di Cento, Province of Ferrara, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. Lamborghini was drawn to farming machinery rather than the farming lifestyle itself, and studied at the Fratelli Taddia technical institute near Bologna. After returning from World War II, Lamborghini opened a garage in Pieve di Cento. Thanks to his mechanical abilities, he was able to enter the business of building tractors from spare parts and leftover military vehicles.

In 1948, Lamborghini founded Lamborghini Trattori S.p.A., and by the mid-1950s, his factory was producing 1000 tractors per year.

Lamborghini's increasing wealth allowed him to cultivate an interest in cars that were a far cry from the tiny Fiat Topolinos he had tinkered with in his garage in his spare time. He owned Alfa Romeos and Lancias during the early 1950s, and at one point, had enough cars to use a different one every day of the week, adding a Mercedes-Benz 300SL, a Jaguar E-Type coupé, and two Maserati 3500GTs. In 1958, Lamborghini traveled to Maranello to buy a Ferrari 250GT, a two-seat coupé with a body designed by coachbuilder Pininfarina. He went on to own several more over the years, including a Scaglietti-designed 250 SWB Berlinetta and a 250GT 2+2 four-seater.

Lamborghini thought Ferrari's cars were good, but too noisy and rough to be proper road cars, labeling them as repurposed track cars with poorly-built interiors. Most annoyingly, Lamborghini found that Ferrari's cars were equipped with inferior clutches, and he was continuously forced to return to Maranello for clutch rebuilds. Ferrari technicians would take the car away for several hours to make the repairs, not allowing the curious Lamborghini to view the work; he had previously expressed dissatisfaction with Ferrari's aftersales service, which he perceived to be substandard. Frustrated with the recurring nature of the problems, during one particularly long wait, he took the matter up with the company's founder, "Il Commendatore", Enzo Ferrari.

What happened next has become the stuff of legend: according to a 1991 Thoroughbred & Classic Cars magazine interview with Lamborghini, he complained to Enzo in "a bit of an argument", telling him that his cars were rubbish; the notoriously pride-filled Modenan was furious, telling the manufacturing tycoon, "Lamborghini, you may be able to drive a tractor, but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari properly." Enzo Ferrari's snubbing of Lamborghini had profound consequences. Lamborghini later said that it was at that point that he got the idea that if Enzo Ferrari, or anyone else, could not build him a perfect car, he might be able to simply make such a car himself.

You can read a more complete history in the discussion forum below...

Discussion Forum

What model and year Lamborghini do you all have

Started by Andy Shieh May 14, 2012.

The 1973 Lamborghini Espada III

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History of Automobili Lamborghini SpA

Started by Bernard Martin May 7, 2009.

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Comment by Bernard Martin on December 17, 2009 at 11:54pm
Lamborghini Ankonian Concept by designer Slavche Tanevsky

You gotta see some more of the picture here

"A couple of days back, we had a look at the Lamborghini Madura concept, and now there’s a more aggressive concept from designer Slavche Tanevsky in the form of the Lamborghini Ankonian concept. According to the designer, the Ankonian takes the design of the Reventon to the next level, even though the concept itself manages a unique expression. The supercar concept has a more aggressive design, and is downsized to account for a more environment-friendly status, though it does not include any hybrid or similar technologies.
The mid-engined supercar has a narrow and rather complex-looking body, with a garnishing of GT proportions. Thin OLEDs embedded between the surfaces function as headlights, and while all those lines may look weird, the Ankonian supposedly makes the best use of it all. The concept was named after a bull type famous for black hair, and since the designer had some help from professional designers at Lamborghini and Audi, the finished model has impressive looks."

Read the full article at AutoMotto
Comment by Bernard Martin on January 3, 2010 at 12:41pm
Benedict Radcliffe's Wireframe Lambo: Yours for just £40,000

In 2008, UK artist Benedict Radcliffe created a wireframe Koenig Lamborghini Countach because he needed something to outdo the wireframe Subaru WRX. Using 160 feet of 10-millimeter steel tubing, the see-through coupe was parked on the street in London for people to generally gawk at, which they did in the expected large numbers.

Now The Times reports that the piece is for sale, allowing you to gawk at it in your living room for the low, low price of £40,000 ($64,828 U.S.). You'll need a fair bit of room since the artwork is 14 feet long and six feet wide, and probably isn't all that light. The extra effort could be worth it – when else will you get the chance to tell someone you bought a car from Wonder Woman? You can get a closer look at the wireframe Lambo in the gallery of images at the link above


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