Founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini, born April 28, 1916 in a small Italian farming village, Renazzo di Cento, Ferrara. Even as a small child Lamborghini displayed a keen aptitude for anything mechanical. During World War 2 he was drafted into the Italian services where he repaired vehicles. After the war he started out building tractors, then in 1963 he founded the Lamborghini Automobili company - primarily because of his dissatisfaction with his recently acquired Ferrari. Lamborghini used his birth sign, Taurus the bull, as a symbol for his cars, with most models being given names relating to the bull.
The first production Lamborghini was the 1964 350 GT, followed by the 400 GT and the 400 GT 2+2. These cars made Lamborghini famous, but it was the Miura that made it legendary. The successors, Countach and the Espada, kept the company alive during some very troubling times. In 1973 Ferruccio sold all of his companies and retired to his vineyard in Italy's Umbria province. He produced a red wine called Colli del Trasimento, known as "Blood of the Miura". He died on February 20, 1993 at the age of 77.
1970 - 1976
There wasn't a whole lot of front leg room, either. A dead pedal next to the clutch (LHD model) effectively kept that leg bent unless you weaseled the left foot underneath their clutch and behind said brace. A man of say 5 ft 10 in. with smallish feet could get his left leg comfortable ... if he didn't like to shift very often. If we were writing for Top Gear, we would say it was perfect for the Hampster, but not so for Jeremy. More>>
1972 - 1977
The Urraco was an ambitious project, Ferruccio Lamborghini wanting to move over 2,000 units each year, thus turning Lamborghini into an Italian success story like their nemesis Porsche. While the theory was good, the timing was completely wrong, with the 1970's energy crisis putting pay to this adventurous project. More>>
1990 - 1998
The Lamborghini Diablo was launched in 1990 as successor to the legendary Countach, and it went on to survive for 11 years during which time some 2884 cars were built. Interestingly, the name Diablo means "Devil" in Spanish (not Italian).More>>