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Automobili Lamborghini
Ferruccio Lamborghini founded his automobile factory in 1963 supposedly after being disatisfied with one of the Ferraris who purchased from Enzo ferrari. The story is told that he complained 'you only build cars fit for the race track and they are no good on ordinary roads', to which the reply given was 'what would you know, you only drive tractors!'. Ferruccio did indeed drive tractors, he also manufactured them and it was skills and engineering expertise that created the tractor designs that became a massive business and made him rich. He also had the knowledge to create a car to rival Ferrari, especially after he persuaded a few Ferrari staff to join him. The first engine was created by Giotto Bizzarrini though later tamed to Ferruccio's specification by other engineers; Dallara and Stanzani also came across to create the 350 GTV in time for the 1963 Turin Salon. The production version was shown at the Geneva Salon in 1964 with a new body and reworked engine (the Turin car actually had bricks under the bonnet and was locked). In 1965 with the engine enlarged to 4-litres the 400 GT was launched and a 2+2 version followed. Although Ferruccio was adamant that Lamborghinis were for road use and not for racing, his engineers secretely created a mid-engined prototype to rival the likes of the Ford GT40, and this saw the light of day as a bare chassis at the 1965 Turin Salon. It caused such a stir that even without a body orders were being placed. Bertone created the body and the following year everybody saw the Lamborghini Miura. The rest is history, almost! Equally extraordinary was the Espada launched in 1968 as a kind of 4-seater Miura, and later the Countach which replaced the Miura. In 1972 car sales were slowing and a series of political events saw orders for Lamborghini tractors cancelled so Ferruccio sold half his car company to Swiss buyers, and in 1974 divested himself of the remainder. The Swiss partnership ended with different Swiss owners taking over, and in 1987 Chrysler took Lamborghini under its wing, and then divested itself othe Italian company to another private owner in 1994. Finally in 1998 Lamborghini fell to the wallet of Ferdinand Piech who bought the company for the Volkswagen Audi Group.
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Lamborghini Countach Anniversary - bonnet badge.
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Lamborghini Diablo VT - badge on headrest panel
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Lamborghini Espada S2 - badge on bonnet
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Lamborghini Jalpa 3.5 - badge on rear panel. Named after 'Jalpa Kandachia' a breed of fighting bull.
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Lamborghini 2241 R 1960. Representing the beginnings of Ferruccio Lamborghini's business, the profits from which persuaded him to go into car manufacture.
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Lamborghini 400 GT Monza
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Lamborghini Islero
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Lamborghini Jarama
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Lamborghini P400 Miura
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Lamborghini Espada
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Lamborghini Countach
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Lamborghini Urraco and Silhouette
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Lamborghini Jalpa
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Lamborghini Diablo
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
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