On April 28, 1916, Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the company that bears his name was born in Italy. Here are 5 surprising facts you didn’t know about one of the most exclusive car brands in the world...
The Company Originally Built Tractors
Many car experts know that Lamborghini was not initially a car company. Yes, in fact, Lamborghini first started out building tractors which can still be purchased to this day. Ferruccio Lamborghini was a very skilled mechanic who originally worked for the Italian military during the Second World War. When the war ended and Ferruccio went home, he started building and maintaining tractors using all of the military surplus sitting around. Blessed with mechanical know-how and a growing fortune, Lamborghini eventually made the move into the automotive market in the early 1960s.
Lamborghini Is A Result Of An Insult
Lamborghini was running a successful tractor business at the same time that Enzo Ferrari had established his car brand. Ferruccio Lamborghini was a huge fan of sports cars and owned a Ferrari 250 GT. One of the biggest gripes he had with his Ferrari was the clutch. He turned directly to Enzo about the problem and the two clashed. Enzo had a fiery temper and his response was that Ferrucchio should concentrate on tractors rather than concern himself with the workings of sports cars. As legend has it, Lamborghini took this as a personal challenge and decided to create his own sports car. Four months later the Lamborghini 350GTV was unveiled. This ended up being a move that brought Lamborghini world fame.
It Takes More than 100 People to Handcraft Each Vehicle Due to the uniqueness of the brand, each vehicle purchased is hand-built by Lamborghini. While the exact number of people needed to build each vehicle is dependent on the model, it takes on average more than 100 workers to hand-craft each aspect of the vehicle. From the windshield to the doors to the frame, every single nook and cranny of the vehicle is build by someone’s hands.
Both The Dubai And Italian Police Use Lamborghini’s. Lamborghini donated two all-wheel drive Gallardos to Italian state police. They were loaded with tech to help the cops go about their duties, including a refrigerated box for high-speed organ transport. Contrary to many reports at the time, the cars were used in all manner of police duties and not just organ transportation. Dubai Police use their Aventador not to fight crime but as PR and marketing machine for the state of Dubai.
The Cars Are Named After Bulls Each car manufacturer has its own way of finding the perfect name for every model of its cars. In the case of Lamborghini, the recurring theme is bulls. Ferruccio Lamborghini was a big fan of Spanish bullfighting and decided that he would use the names of famous Spanish fighting bulls for his cars. The first model to take the name of a bull was the Lamborghini Miura. This became a theme and many more models of cars were produced that took on the name of a famous bullfighting bull.