Lamborghini: The Story Of How An Insult By The Owner Of Ferrari Led To The Famous Lamborghini Cars

Ferrari and Lamborghini are the names of the cars that everyone is familiar with; even to people who aren’t interested in it. It’s a dream to own either of them someday. Even to a person who doesn’t know much about engines or the mechanics of what makes the cars best, they are one of the best ones in their league.

But do you know the story of Lamborghini? Why did Ferruccio Lamborghini design, create a car that could be rival to Ferrari?


Do you know there was a time when Ferrari and Lamborghini weren’t even competitors?

Ferruccio Lamborghini was born in a family of grape farmers and was always interested in mechanics. Therefore, he served the Air Force mechanics corps and was known to be best at mechanical improvisation and fixing engines. After the war, he set up a small repair shop in northern Italy. His first great business idea was to buy surplus military machines and convert them into tractors, which were in a great demand in the agricultural area where he lived at that time.


In the beginning, from derelict military vehicles, Lamborghini was building on average one tractor a month. Soon, this venture turned out to be extremely successful allowing Lamborghini, in 1960, to expand his business to manufacturing oil-burning heaters and air conditioning units for buildings.

Owning to his passion for cars, Lamborghini owned a number of sports cars, with the Ferrari 250 GT being one of them. But for Ferruccio’s taste, the Ferrari was too noisy and rough for use on the road, and it had an inferior clutch that often needed repairing. In the early 1960’s, Ferrari was gaining fame and that’s when Ferruccio’s decided to take his complaints to Enzo.

Enzo didn’t exactly appreciate being given technical notes from a young tractor manufacturer. He went on to say “the problem is not with the car but with the driver!” and advised him to look after his tractors instead.


Lamborghini decided to build his own car with a V12 engine and founded an auto factory in the small town of Sant’Agata.

Ferruccio designed his car and in just 4 months unveiled the Lamborghini 350 GTV at the Turin Motor Show in October 1963. By the end of 1964, Lamborghini sold his first 13 cars and from then onwards, time has never stopped.

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