The origin of many car manufactures has faded into obscurity. This is definitely not the case for Lamborghini.
The iconic looks, the sound of a massive V12 (or 10) tearing down the road and the incredible presence a ‘Lambo’ can generate just from being parked on the side of the road are second to none. However, it wasn’t always the Raging Bull we know today.
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The physics defying, imagination pushing, technological wizardry that is the modern day Lamborghini did not exist when the company was founded. Although time and technology have leapt forward, Lamborghini had nothing to do with cars during its first years.
They made tractors.
Yep, the Italian Raging Bull was founded on a couple of tractor models. Not only that, its first models were put together using discarded war vehicle parts.
The best part is, as founder Ferrucio Lamborghini’s fortune grew, so too did his taste for the finer things in life. This included cars.
Fiorucci happened to own a Ferrari 250GT—one of the most iconic and valuable Ferraris ever made—even more than 50 years since it was released (it made a cameo in the 80’s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). One day, Ferrucio happened to get into an argument with another juggernaut of the luxury automobile business—Enzo Ferrari.
The two were butting heads over a faulty clutch in Ferrucio’s 250GT, so he decided the best way to get back at Enzo was to build a Raging Bull to tackle the Prancing Horse.
The result was the 1963 Lamborghini 350GTV:
Motoring in general has made leaps and bounds since these Italian pioneers crafted their luxury Grand Tourers, but Lamborghini has always been on the cutting edge.
Notable models that have adorned teenage boys’ bedroom walls have included:
The 1966 Miura:
The 1971 Countache:
The 1990 Diablo:
Lamborghini has always had a history of being a bit wild, a bit uncontrollable and just a touch unreliable. That has changed in recent years with massive upgrades in research and technology and has allowed the Raging Bull to produce some of the most incredible pieces of machinery ever seen.
The 2018 Huracan Performante has cemented itself as Lamborghini’s fastest ever road legal car, setting a blistering lap around Germany’s infamous Nurburgring and in doing so, stealing the honour of the fastest production car record around the ring from the reigning Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar.
If there was ever a single embodiment of the Raging Bull, it would have to be the Lamborghini Aventador. The Aventador Superveloce Coupé boasts a brutal, naturally aspirated 6.5L V12. Pumping out a frightening 552kW, the Aventador is capable of more than 350km/h and some seriously head turning looks.
Lamborghini is also capable of producing some strictly limited/one off models.
One of the misses was the one-off, one seat Egoista:
Of all Lamborghini’s mechanical art, the Veneno Roadster would have to be our pick. Its blend of aerodynamic beauty, brutal performance and eye popping road presence are, in our opinion, second to none.
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