Lamborghini is known as an established producer of luxury cars which are serious competition for the road cars developed by Ferrari. It is currently owned by Audi which is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. However, few people know the history of this brand.
The company was founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini with the declared purpose of producing vehicles better than Ferraris. Ferruccio was initially a mechanic who went into the business of producing tractors from surplus military hardware. By the mid-50s, he was a wealthy and reputable supplier of agricultural equipment. He was also passionate in luxury cars and he owned several cars from Lancia, Maseratti and Alfa Romeo. In 1958 he also bought his first Ferrari which was not to be the last one. Ferruccio accidentally discovered that Ferrari was using the same clutch as he was putting on his tractors and he asked the company for a better replacement. The Ferrari representatives offended him by saying that he doesn’t know anything about sports cars, so Ferruccio decided to compete with them. Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini was born in 1963. Fame was achieved with the Miura model in 1966. This car literally wrote history in the world of sports car and set the industry standards.
Even after changing ownership a few times, Lamborghini is still very profitable. The company does not make a lot of cars, so most of them can be consider collectible items. In 2011 the 831 employees in Sant’Agata Bolognese put on the market slightly over 1700 cars.
Nowadays Lamborghini only has two product lines, the Gallardo and the Aventador. The Gallardo line uses V-10 engines and the Aventador line uses V-12 engines. Additionally, Lamborghini has also produced a few limited editions which include the Gallardo Bicolore, the Gallardo Tricolore, the Aventador J, the Aventador Aniversario and the Venero.