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.
Also see: Lamborghini History