Being forced to give up everything isn’t easy, but it becomes worthwhile when you leave behind a legacy of your dream…
History of Lamborghini – Lamborghinis have long been synonymous with enthusiasm in the automobile world, but this has never been true. There’ll always be speed and noise in this day, and that’s just the beginning for the firm. Italian founder Ferruccio Lamborghini founded Lamborghini Automobila.
In 1922 Lamborghini was named Lamborghinis’ newest car manufacturer. Born in 1916, Ferruccio was a mechanic to the RAF during World War II before entering business building tractors from surplus WW II Military Equipment.
Ferruccio Lamborgini Grange takes another step back into Lamborghini Super Sportscar history – spanning its origins from 1963 until today, a true Italian automotive design and craftsmanship. From 1963 onward, Lamborghinis truly started with Ferruccini Lamborghini. He makes up most of the history of Lamborghini.
“It was the perfect moment when I finally decided to create the perfect car.” – said Ferruccio Lamborghini.
Ferruccio Lamborghini transformed his dream of creating sports cars into reality. Though he finally achieved creating the “Perfect Car,” he wasn’t served everything on a silver platter. Ferruccio Lamborghini’s built his dream from scratch.
When a child chooses a toy, it may not determine much but what a child chooses to do with the toy, but tells a lot about their inclination. We develop our inclinations and interests from an early age which then mature into our plans and career goals.
The Beginning of Lamborghini History
Ferruccio Lamborghini was always inclined to mechanics. He went to the Fratelli Taddia Technical Institute, after which he joined the air force in the form of a mechanic in 1940. Later he became the super advisor of the vehicle maintenance unit.
He worked on Island Rhodes, which was part of the Italian Garrison. After the island fell into British hands, Lamborghini became a Prisoner of War. Here he worked in the British Motoring Department.
World War II may have been a harsh experience, but a dreamer never stops dreaming. This phase also proved a learning opportunity for him because he opened a garage when he returned to Italy after World War II.
After World War II
Ferruccio Lamborghini realized that Italy needed Agrarian help. Thus the demand for farming lifestyle automobiles would be more. Thus, he started with tractors. These tractors were manufactured using surplus vehicle parts leftover from the war. This garage was the beginning of “Lamborghini.”
World War II had played an essential role in Lamborghini’s history. The first one was called “Carioca.” It was manufactured using a six-cylinder Morris engine, an ingenious fuel atomizer. Ferruccio designed it himself. This enabled tractors to be started with petrol and then switch to diesel cheaper fuel.
These tractors gained immense popularity. This success led him to find “Lamborghini Trattori,” and he kept manufacturing tractors.
Within the first few years, the production increased almost fourfold, and the tractors received a great demand. The production went from 1 tractor per week to around 200 tractors being produced and sold in a year. Ferruccio kept designing and releasing new models.
These were manufactured by using more parts than Lamborghini themselves made.
These tractors were the first milestone in Lamborghini history.
In 1968, Ferruccio got involved with boats. He bought a Riva Aquafaba Lamborghini, later sold to his close friend Angelo Merli. But boats did not play a major role in Lamborghini history.
Ferruccio was passionate about his ideas and dream and showed dedication to his work. He allowed himself to explore various sectors because of his interest in mechanics. His curiosity and passion allowed him to become very successful in his journey.
Ferruccio’s passion was fast cars. He bought Alfa Romeos and Lancias in the early 1950s. His initial success made him a wealthy man, which allowed him to spend a lot of it on his passion. He was, after all, the top model of expensive fast cars.
Soon, Lamborghini reached a point when he had a different car for every day of the week. These included a Mercedes-Benz 300SL, a Jaguar E-Type coupe and two Maserati 3500 GTS. But Lamborghini did not like the Maserati cars very much.
He said, “They felt very heavy and did not go very fast.” But he had a lot of respect for Adolfo Orsi, the owner of Maserati, because he too had started his journey like Lamborghini, i.e., as a poor boy.
Ferrari and Lamborghini
The main turning point in the life of “Lamborghini” as a vehicle was when Ferrari came into Feruccio’s life.
Ferruccio travelled to Maranello to buy a Ferrari 250 GT. This Ferrari was a two-seat coupe. Coachbuilder Pininfarina designed its body.
After Ferrari, Ferruccio also bought a Scaglietti-designed 250 GT SWB Belinetta and a 250 GT 2+2 four-seater. But the problem arose with the Ferrari cars.
Ferruccio found that the clutches in the Ferrari cars were inferior, and every time he wanted a repair or a rebuild, he would have to travel to Maranello. The technicians there would work on the car in secrecy for many hours.
This annoyed Ferrucio Lamborghini. He felt their sales service was substandard, so Ferrucio Lamborghini expressed his dissatisfaction.
Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio lamborghini
Ferruccio then took his grievance to Enzo Ferrari by requesting a meeting with him. But pride-filled Enzo Ferrari refused to meet him. This was the final boost that pushed Ferruccio to take matters into his own hands and design and manufacture the “perfect car.”
Working towards the Dream
First, Ferruccio tried to modify his Ferrari 250 GTS. This was his first car (modified). This modified car now gave better performance than the models out in the market. This encouraged Ferruccio Lamborghini to think of making his car because he felt that nobody could build the perfect car for him. He would have to do it himself. He further went on to design a successful Lamborghini model.
Ferruccio wanted to design and manufacture the perfect touring car; a High-performance car. He focused on high performance, no compromise in tractability, improving ride quality and interior appointments. The grand tourer would have all the qualities that Ferrari lacked.
Ferruccio was not just a mechanic or automobile designer and manufacturer; and he was also a businessman. He knew that if he used the machinery, engines, and parts of his tractors for luxurious fast cars, he would earn thrice the profit he was earning earlier.
Not only profit, but he would also be fulfilling his dream of creating the perfect fast car and would not have to heed inconveniences at Ferrari anymore.
Now, Ferruccio aimed to manufacture a high-performance luxury speed car. It would be expensive and exotic.
Ferrucio Lamborghini founded the “Automobili Lamborghini” (automobili Lamborghini spa) in 1963. It was known for its power, comfort and refinement. One of the company’s first models was – 350 GT. It was released in the mid-1960s.
“Lamborghini” gained the most boost in 1966 for the “Miura Sports Coupe Air,” which brought forth rear-wheel drive and rear mid-engine. This became the standard format for high-performance cars in that period.
Ferruccio’s high-end fast sports car(s), i.e., Ferruccio Lamborghini, sold and spread like fire. Sales were immense. In its first decades, the company grew rapidly. This was the peak point in Lamborghini’s history. Then came the decline…
The Lamborghini history though rich, came to a decline. The decline began in the 1970s. Ferruccio Lamborghini’s company started facing financial problems.
One major incident occurred in 1971 in which “Lamborghini Trattori” (Lamborghini’s tractor company) faced issues in South Africa. It used to export half of its production. In 1971, it’s South African importer cancelled all of its orders. Thus, leaving Ferruccio Lamborghini’s tractor company in trouble.
The coup d’etat cancelled a large shipment of tractors in Genoa. The next issue came in Bolivia. A new military government was formed.
The next problem rose from within the company. All its employees were unionized. Thus, they couldn’t be laid off. This put a great strain on the company and its resources.
Attempts to Recover
Ferrucio never fully recovered from these setbacks. But he made constant dedicated efforts to save his dream.
First, he sold all of his company holdings to “SAME.” “SAME” was the rival of “Lamborghini Tratorri.”
The problem may have begun from the tractor side, but now the entire Lamborghini Group was facing a crisis.
As more and more costing was cut, the production and development slowed down.
Ferruccio Lamborghini now approached Georges-Henri Rossetti, to whom Ferruccio sold fifty-one percent of the company. Thus, he had given up the control of his own company. Though he continued to work, he was no longer in authority.
Oil Crisis 1973
The last major hit came from the oil crisis in 1973. People no longer wanted fast, expensive, luxury cars. They now we’re searching for more economical, small and efficient cars. The oil crisis shook what was left of the Lamborghini Group. Now, people prefer fuel economy.
Ferrucio now became disappointed and, by 1974, cut off all ties with the automobile industry and cars. Thus, this led him to sell his forty-nine percent shares to Georges-Henri Rossetti.
In 1974, Ferruccio Lamborghini retired. Ferruccio had left the manufacture of automobiles. But he continues activities in other areas of his Lamborghini factory, like his air conditioning systems and heating company. He founded “Lamborghini Oleodinamica S.p.A.” in 1969. But this wasn’t the end of Lamborghini history.
Lamborghini after Ferruccio
The Lamborghini history now brought to the forefront new players. After Ferrucio Lamborghini, the company toppled and crashed but never vanished. It was passed on and worked on but never stayed in a single hand. It was expanded with newer models, only later to be reduced back.
The economic crisis followed the setback caused by the oil crisis.
In 1978, the company went bankrupt. It went under the receivership of the Jean-Claude and Patrick Mimran brothers. This happened in 1980.
These brothers bought the company in 1984. They invested and expanded it. Changes were made to the Lamborghini models. Its model line was expanded. “Jalpa” Sports Car and the “LM002” were included. “Countach” was no longer the only model.
The Mimran brothers sold the company in 1987. It was sold to the “Chrysler Corporation.” The Chrysler Corporation discontinued “Jalpa.” It also replaced “Countach” with “Diablo” (Lamborghini Diablo). “LM002” was also discontinued. “LM002” was a high-performance off-road vehicle.
Between 1994-and 95, MegaTech was the owner of “Lamborghini.”
Mycom Setdco and V’Power
Chrysler then sold the company in 1994. The company was bought by “Mycom Setdco” and “V’Power” Corporation. Mycom Setdco was a Malaysian investment group, and “V’Power” was an Indonesian Group. They became the new owners.
Mycom Setdco and V’Power sold the company to the “Volkswagen Group.” It was now put under the control of the “Audi Division.”
The Volkswagen Group
The Volkswagen Group expanded the line and made developments. New products and models were introduced. All of this led to an increase in Lamborghini’s productivity.
Lamborghini’s history was marked by a world financial crisis in the late 2000s. This led to a fifty percent drop in sales.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Lamborghini, by 2024, all the models of Lamborghini will be hybrid.
Current Models in Production
- Lamborghini cars: Lamborghini Aventador
V12-powered. Its production is said to end by 2022.
- Lamborghini cars: Lamborghini Huracan
V-10 Powered. The most powerful. It is track-oriented.
- Lamborghini cars: Lamborghini Urus
Twin-turbo V8 Engine. It has an all-wheel-drive layout. IT uses a front-engine.
- Motori Marini Lamborghini
V12 Marine Engine Block. It is used in World Offshore Series Class 1 powerboat.
- Lamborghini Motorcycles
Limited production of sports motorcycles was produced in the mid-1980s.
- Branded Merchandise
Scale models, Clothing, Accessories, Bags, Electronics and Laptop Computers.
Lamborghini introduced Lamborghini Gallardo between 2003 – and 2013.
- Lamborghini Murcielago
Lamborghini developed Lamborghini Murcielago between 2001 – and 2009.
- Lamborghini Miura
Lamborghini introduced Lamborghini Miura between 1966 – and 1973.
- Lamborghini Espada
Lamborghini Introduced Lamborghini Espada between 1968 – and 1978.
Murciélago Gallardo Huracán and Lamborghini Aventador
Lamborghini produced the Murciélago, and then Aventador, the latter of which was discontinued in 2021 and was the top supercar in 2021. In 2022 the Aventador replaces its predecessor. It introduced Gallardo & Huranca into modern times as the cheapest exotic option.
Lamborghini entered the SUV market with the 2018 Urus, and the company is currently preparing limited production Supercars; these include the Sesto elemento from 2012 and the Centenario from 2016 – to 2017. All of these articles highlight techniques and construction techniques.
Lamborghini Unveiled: Lamborghini’s First SUV
In 2018, Lamborghini launched the Urus SUV, the second SUV the company produces. From 1986-to 1993, the LM001 was produced with a modern body kit and resembled an early Bronco or Land Rover with some fairly radical modifications.
The new LM001 has no bumps and somehow looks as good as an upscale car. Under the hood is a 6.2-litre V12 which can produce 450 hp and 368 pounds of torque in combination with the 5-speed automatic ZF gearbox. You may believe that the LM002 is super fast though it can reach 0-60mph in 7.7 seconds.
The shift to all-wheel drive
Following its discontinuation in 1990, Lamborghini moved into the Diablo model. The Countach benefitted from a progressively stronger engine throughout its production life, and Diablo continued its 5.7-litre V12 engine with a 6.0L V12. Nevertheless, it still had rear drive.
The 1993 Diablo VVT was the first Lamborghini sports car to feature all-wheel drive with a viscous center differential that can route 45% torque into the front wing. In 1999 Lamborghini started producing a Diablo with its rear-wheel-drive version.
Ferrari: The origins
The Lamborghini’s history was rich, but Ferrari’s role must also be noted. Ferrari was an intelligent, tenacious Taurus born in 1916. He was a key figure during his time in building Lamborghini Automobili. In the early 1960s, Ferruccio had strong, successful man qualities which reflected every Lamborghini car. His objective was a production supercar competing with Ferrari.
The project started in 1962, and he started building the business from the ground up in May 1963. It was soon released and officially displayed at Turin Auto Salon in November 1963.
Ferruccio Lamborghini was not just a person but a complete personality. He was not only an automobile designer but also an inventor, mechanic, engineer, winemaker, industrialist and businessman who designed and manufactured the well-known sports supercars through “Automobili Lamborghini”! He developed his interests and honed his skills to lead him to success.
A major part of Lamborghini’s history comprises Ferruccio. The rest of Lamborghini history was a pass of players, but no one such dedicated and passionate as Ferruccio.
Ferruccio Lamborghini’s history was of great significance. Though his dream may have toppled in the end, it never ended. He left a long legacy to follow. All the companies that Ferruccio sold are continuing in some form or the other.
His son, Tonino, is now designing clothes and accessories under the Tonino Lamborghini brand. His daughter, Patrizia Lamborghini, now handles her father’s winery.
Other than Ferruccio Lamborghini’s history, Lamborghini continues as a brand, as an ideal, as a car model, as a name of recognition and as a legacy of respect. Respect for the man who followed his dreams and gave us a model for the “Perfect Car.”
His car represented not only perfection but also his dream. He produced the fastest car during that period and gave it the Lamborghini name. This brand now attracts buyers. It has a unique body style and claimed top speed. This was the new car of the future.
The first Lamborghini car gained immense fame. This new car underwent changes such as diablo’s replacement and had a long automotive history. It had a luxurious interior and would pass the crash test. It became the pinnacle of Lamborghini history. Later models such as Aventador Sv and Diablo Svr were made.
Ferrucio Lamborghini should be an inspiration to us all. Not all get a legacy to uphold. Most of the time, we need to create one to have one. Dedication to our ideals, principles, ideas, passion and working tirelessly to achieve our dreams is what will help us gain that success.
But even after all the success, it is luck that will topple or build our empire. But our legacy shall forever be…