Yesterday we saw a video of a Lamborghini burning on a highway and we have to tell you our hearts hurt like we just suffered a bad break up.
Apparently the fire started towards the back of the car and the more the driver revved in an attempt to show off his car the worse the fire got. By the time he realized there was a problem it was too late and the beautiful machine, up in flames.
We told that story because it had us thinking about the car, and the brand. There is no doubt that Lambo’s are loud, in-your-face and freakishly fast and stylish, the kind of car that when you write about cars are hardly ever ignored. If you want to learn a little about the Lamborghini brand here are 6 little-known facts you may know or may not know about the Italian carmaker.
Lamborghini First Made Tractors
During World War II, Ferruccio Lamborghini worked for the Italian Royal Air Forces as a vehicle maintenance supervisor. Here, he learned how to become a master mechanic.
After the war, he started making tractors from spare parts. The tractors were quite popular, and they are still getting made—by the same company which built the Gallardo.
Lamborghini Started Making Cars Because of a Grudge with Ferrari
Ferruccio bought a Ferrari 250GT only to discover it used a clutch—which broke—identical to the ones in his tractors.
He complained about this to Enzo Ferrari, who told him to stick to making tractors because he knew nothing about making sports cars. Obviously pissed, Ferruccio went and immediately started building his own sports car.
Four months later, at the 1963 Turin Auto Show, he introduced the world to his first creation, the Lamborghini 350GTV.
Lamborghini’s Logo Represents a Taurus
Ferruccio was an enthusiast in astrology. He was a Taurus, and was fascinated with bull fighting and bulls in general. This inspired him to make Lamborghini’s logo a raging bull.
In addition, many Lamborghini supercars have been named after bulls; the Islero, Murcielago and Reventon were named after famous fighting bulls.
Lamborghini Built an SUV in the 80s
In the later 1970s, Lamborghini wanted to expand into other types of cars. Their conclusion was to develop a military-style off road vehicle. They built various prototypes and tried to sell them to oil companies and defense departments. No one was interested, though.
Having failed to entice corporate, they next built 328 civilian versions from 1986, all powered by the Countach’s Bizzarrini V12 engine. The car came with a high-end stereo, air conditioning and full leather, and was called the “Rambo Lambo”.
There are Lamborghini Golf Carts
Ferruccio’s son Antonio, also known as Tonino Lamborghini is famous for his contribution to fashion and leather goods. But in addition to that he expanded his creativity to this super cool Lamborghini golf cart. Tonino’s name and personal logo is displayed on both sides.
They Made the World’s Priciest Car
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, made in 2014, costs $4.5 million. And only nine of them were built, and will ever be built.