The Legacy of Ferruccio Lamborghini
Everyone goes crazy when they see a Lamborghini passing by with. Its engine roaring and it’s beautiful body. Ever wondered how this car came into existence? Who was the absolute genius who made these dream cars? How these cars became the legacy of the automobile industry? Well, everyone has a story here’s the story of Ferruccio Lamborghini.
Ferruccio Lamborghini was born on April 28, 1916, in the in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. His parents named Antonio and Evelina Lamborghini were grape farmers. Being a farmers son. Farming was no his interest at the time. But rather in agricultural machines. His interest led him to study at the Fratelli Taddia technical institute near Bologna. In 1940 Lamborghini was drafted to the Italian Royal Air Force where he served as a mechanic. He would repair motorcycles, trucks and cars using reused parts. Later on, he became an expert in fixing and improvising machines. Lamborghini was taken prisoner during 1945. When the island was taken over by British forces. After that, he wasn’t able to return home for a year. His wife died in 1947 while giving birth to his son Tonino.
The start of the entrepreneurship
After returning home Lamborghini felt a need for agricultural machines in the area. Eventually, he started a small garage and started converting military machines to tractors. When the demand started increasing. He started making his own tractor engines. At the end of the 1940s, he became self-sufficient to start his own company manufacturing tractor engines and transmission units.
The words of Enzo Ferrari
Over the years Lamborghini became a successful man with the passion for cars. He owned several cars Alfa Romeo’s, Mercedes Benz, Maserati and a few Ferrari’s too. According to him Ferrari was a better car but needed improvements. He felt the need of improvements in the Ferrari and was not satisfied with it. The man noticed that the inferior clutches, noisy gearbox and the interiors were a real problem. He would categorize Ferrari as a repurposed track car. When it should be a proper road car. As a loyal customer of the brand. He brought this to Enzo Ferrari’s attention. The reply was an insult. This insult led him to walk the path of becoming the legendary inventor of the Lamborghini we know of today.
The sole reason for starting building supercars was Ferrari’s words, “you stick to tractors and let me build sports cars.”
The first Lamborghini arrives
He modified his Ferrari 250GTs to outperform the stock models. There he got the burning desire to build a perfect touring car. That no one can build for him. In the mid-1960s he built his first car which was acclaimed instantly. The car was rather made to outrun a Ferrari in every aspect where they were lacking. He started an automobile factory in the town of Sant’Agata. The coming years were all successful for Lamborghini with new cars launching like the Miura and Urraco and many more to come over the years. The logo for Lamborghini came from Lamborghini’s love for bullfighting. The emblem for the automobile giant was the raging bull.
He had other interests too other than Automobiles. He also owned the Riva Aquarama Lamborghini. The boat was one of the first to have two Lamborghini engines. The boat also made some record attempts in waterskiing thanks to its special side railing. Later on, he sold the Riva to a close friend Angelo Merli in July 1988. The boat also broke several speedskiing records. After taking his leave from the automobile industry Ferruccio started working on his heating and air conditioning company Lamborghini Calor. In 1969 he also started a company, Lamborghini Oleodinamica manufacturing hydraulic valves and equipment.
In 1974 Ferruccio Lamborghini exited the industrial life and started living in his estate named La Fiorita, Castiglione del Lago. Lamborghini started producing his own wines going back to his farming roots. He also designed his very own golf course all while he was still in his working days. He also fathered a daughter Patrizia at the age of 58. At the age of 76 on February 20, 1993, Lamborghini died of heart attack in Silvestri hospital in Perugia.
Ferruccio Lamborghini was an ambitious, passionate and genius person. Leaving behind a legacy of success behind him. A story that will inspire everyone to always keep working hard towards your goal. He still lives on with us. As each of his companies are still operational till date. Remembered and cherished will be his legacy by all.