To the man who started it all with a fondness for sports cars and a grudge against a formidable opponent.
Ferruccio Elio Arturo Lamborghini, born April 28, 1916, was a man of many things. As the son of a farmer he quickly developed an interest in the mechanics of farm equipment rather than the farming lifestyle itself. This was the start of Lamborghini’s love for anything mechanical, including sports cars.
In 1948 he founded Lamborghini Trattori manufacturing agricultural equipment, which quickly became his source of wealth during Italy’s post-war economic reform. With his fondness for sports cars and his increasing wealth, he was able to support his passion and purchase such cars as Alfa Romeos, Lancias, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguars and Maseratis. Although he tinkered around with cars in his youth, at this time in his life he never thought to develop his own.
With his love of high-end sports cars he began looking at Ferrari’s in 1958 and soon, over the next few years, owned several – his first being the Ferrari 250GT. He enjoyed his Ferrari’s, however had felt that they were too noisy and rough to be proper road cars. He’s been known to categorize them as re-purposed track cars with bad interiors.
As a manufacturer himself, Lamborghini found that Ferrari’s were built with inferior clutches, and became increasingly dissatisfied with their constant secrecy and substandard after sale service when he would bring his in for repairs. Being the businessman that he was, he brought this to the attention of Enzo Ferrari himself who quickly dismissed his comments and disrespected him as a tractor manufacturer who knows very little about the true mechanics.
Lamborghini did not take this lightly, and after modifying one of his own Ferrari 250GTs to outperform stock models, he pursued a venture in manufacturing automobiles to create the car that he felt no one could build for him. He also came to the realization that he could make triple the profit if his tractor components were used for high-end sports cars instead. However, not even Lamborghini could envision the rivalry that we know of today between the two Italian automakers.
As an entrepreneur, Lamborghini created one of the most exciting and captivating companies the world has ever seen. From bedroom wall posters to seeing a Lamborghini in person, the allure is something truly special.
And for that, we wish you a Happy Birthday Ferruccio Lamborghini!
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