If you’re a Lamborghini lover, you likely know the story of how the storied supercar company came to be. But for those of you who don’t, here’s a brief trip down memory lane.
Ferruccio Lamborghini started his career back in 1947 as an entrepreneur producing low-cost tractors, using components from Italian military vehicles left after the World War II. By 1960, Lamborghini had become an important Italian entrepreneur, one who could now afford the kinds of cars he dreamed of as a boy. Among them, a slew of Ferraris, including a 250GT coupe, 250GT Berlinetta, and 250GT 2+2. And while he clearly loved these cars, the one thing they all had in common was clutch problems.
As the story goes, during a visit to Maranello for yet another clutch rebuild, he waited to talk to Enzo Ferrari. He told him, “Ferrari, your cars are rubbish!” To which Enzo replied, “Lamborghini, you may be able to drive a tractor but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari properly.” And that was the point when Ferruccio finally decided to build a perfect car.
It’s crazy to think about, but had Enzo not been such a dick to Ferruccio, the iconic Lamborghini brand that we all know and love might never have come to be. Just let that sink in for a moment..
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