His name may not be invoked as frequently as that of Enzo Ferrari, but Ferruccio Lamborghini is a figure to be revered just as much in the annals of Italian sports car manufacturing.
The man who founded the famed marque 50 years ago began as an engineer and a mechanic building tractors in 1948, the year he crashed a souped-up Fiat during the Mille Miglia.
The tractor business did well, and Signor Lamborghini acquired a number of sports cars, including a Mercedes-Benz 300SL, a Jaguar E-Type, a Maserati 3500GT and, eventually, several Ferraris.
Unsatisfied with the latter, he ended up making his own modifications to a Ferrari 250GT, finally deciding he would do better to design his own sports car.
Thus was born the Lamborghini 350GT in 1964, the first in a long line of lustful exotics that continue to turn heads 50 years later.
Signor Lamborghini, who died in 1993, decided to retire from the business and become a country gentleman just 10 years after the 350GT’s debut, but his legacy obviously lives on.
Here’s to another 50 years…
- Posted June 28, 2013
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