Lamborghini was originally formed to produce tractors
after World War II
. Their experience in the early days was with absurdly powerful long-stroke engine
s designed to propel tractors over the rough Italian landscape, haul out tree stumps
, etc. etc. The sportscar
business came about from the realization that the search for power in engines, when mated with an appropriate transmission
, meant speed
It is said that Mr. Lamborghini purchased a Ferrari (having made money off his tractors) and found that there were several things about it he didn't like. As was the custom for well-heeled European sports car buyers at the time, he went to the factory to request some custom modifications; however, Enzo Ferrari took a disliking to him. It seems plausible that the combination of an implied insult to the car's design and two famously powerful and ego-driven personalities made this inevitable. In any case, Enzo told Mr. Lamborghini, essentially, "Buzz off. We make a perfect car, and I don't like you." Mr. Lamborghini, at this challenge, decided that Ferrari didn't make the perfect car; he could do better. So he would.
Thus began a series of some of the most powerful, exotic and expensive sportscars ever made - destined to be objects of lust for boys young and old everywhere (and not a few girls, too). The first real Lambo 'supercar' was the Lamborghini Miura; it was followed by its descendant the Countach which ruled the 1970s and 1980s, synonymous with 'supercar.' After the Countach came the Diablo and the most recent Murcielago; there have been many other models and a slew of concept cars along the way including the production Lamborghini LM002, a four-wheel-drive high-end competitor to the Land Rover.