Don’t be shocked, because the answer to this question can give you a big surprise. And the answer is Ferruccio Lamborghini, they made tractor before entering the sports car business. Ferruccio Lamborghini was the son of poor grape farmers Antonio and Evelina Lamborghini. They raised their son while doing farming in their family vineyards.
Ferruccio was born in 1916, in the mid of world war 1st. Being a farmer’s son, his family business played a huge role in his life. As he grew up in between the farming lifestyle and agricultural machinery. Because of that surrounding, he developed an interest in mechanics. He got admission to the Fratelli Taddia Technical Institute, near Bologna. During the study period, Ferruccio had worked as an apprentice at a workshop.
Now, are you ready to go deeper to find the further story of a farmer son? How he started their business and become the famous owner of a big sports car company.
The starting era of Ferruccio Lamborghini
As I told you before that Ferruccio Lamborghini is the son of a farmer. He originally started their tractor company first. On the name of Lamborghini Trattori S.p.A and founded in 1948 in Cento, Italy. Before entering the sports car business, he took 15 years to produce Lamborghini sports car.
In their starting period, he set up the car mechanics shop somewhere in northern Italy.
He used to buy surplus military machines and after that redesign them into a tractor. In the starting time, he made only one tractor in a month. At that point, he starts gaining in his business, and in a short time, he was known as a wizard to fixing motors and any mechanical problems.
Lamborghini has a big tale of success in the Italian automobile industry. Lamborghini’s feud with Ferrari was the reason behind the starting of the Lamborghini sports car. Their conflicts were the main spotlight news at those time.
Little more about Ferruccio Lamborghini
Ferruccio Lamborghini was a big fan of Spanish bullfighting sport. As you can see that in their logo of cars. And many Lamborghini cars are normally called popular bulls. After gaining the popularity in tractor business, he consistently looking forward to car motors.
During world war 2nd, Ferruccio Lamborghini presented with the Air Force mechanics corps. After becoming a successful tractor manufacturer company, he started other ventures too. Then he starts designing and manufacturing air-conditioning and heating systems. After the end of the war, he started a small car and bike mechanics shop in northern Italy.
Finally becoming a successful man, Lamborghini bought a luxurious car for himself. It was the Ferrari car which he bought. That time he drove Ferrari for the first time, but he noticed the car had numerous technical issues, he complained about that in person. He complained about it to Enzo Ferrari, who was the owner of Ferrari cars. Lamborghini was known as a good mechanic at that time. Hence, Enzo Ferrari said to him that he is a bad driver, he doesn’t know how to drive a sports car.
This was the point of starting the dispute between the two excellent car makers. And of course, the main reason behind starting Lamborghini’s own auto company.
Lamborghini’s boom in the market
Ferruccio Lamborghini made his first tractor in 1948 and named that tractor Carioca. His agenda was to build cheap tractors and sell them at low rates. His tractor was small, but they were well-built and powerful in performance. Soon he gains popularity in the market because of its low price and best quality tractor.
He was offering tractors at reasonable pricing because at that time mechanical parts were affordable and they were also accessible. And another advantage that Lamborghini got at that time, the tractors were very modular at that time. Most parts of the tractor were interchangeable, which allowed farmers to reduce the costs. By 1955, Lamborghini Trattori had started constructed its facility and he had more than 30 employees on board at that time.
Soon, Lamborghini company got the license to make diesel engines in Italy. Till 1960, proximate 400 people were working in the company. The production rate was very high at that time and Lamborghini able to produce 25 tractors each day.
Now, Lamborghini had become a wealthy man because his business was doing very well. Hence, he bought many luxurious cars like Maserati, Jaguar, and the very best car in Italy- Ferrari. After buying Ferrari 250 GT, Ferruccio kept drive the car for a long time and because of that Ferrari’s clutch start burning.
After replacing the clutch of his Ferrari, Ferruccio disassembled the Ferrari engine and transmission. And then he found that the clutch that Ferrari used was a commercial component. After knowing this, Ferruccio got angry and he talked to Enzo Ferrari in person about it. But he said that the problem was not in the clutch but the driver. Because of this feud, Lamborghini made the best sports car in Italy.
Foundation of Automobili Lamborghini
After the dispute with Ferrari, Lamborghini dedicated himself to create Italy’s top and best sports car. He was already doing the work to build cars so, this helped him to take off this business quickly. Because he was fascinated with bullfighting, he dedicated his car names to the bulls.
Lamborghini had created the word best car because it was his main motto. As the people get to know about the Lamborghini sports car, they accept it with so much enthusiasm and the Lamborghini soon became a brand. After some time when Lamborghini Trattori starts facing some difficulties, Ferruccio had sold his business. Then the company goes into several hands until it was purchased by Volkswagen in the 1990s.
The first working Lamborghini
Lamborghini GT 350 was the first working Lamborghini’s sports car and was created in 1964. The engineer’s name was Paolo Stanzani, with his help Lamborghini made his first sports car. This car was a technical masterpiece and it got praise from the critics and customers.
Now you know the answer, that Lamborghini made tractors before entering the sports car business. This is a story of courage, determination and vision. Ferruccio Lamborghini made sure that his work would never be forgotten in the automobile industry.