Lamborghini was founded in 1963 by tractor builder and businessman Ferruccio Lamborghini. The brand is known for fast, sporty cars with an attacking bull in the logo. Despite the brand's success, the company has changed owners several times in recent decades. The company is now part of Audi.
According to legend, the first Lamborghini was created because Ferrucio Lamborghini complained to Enzo Ferrari about his Ferrari, which had to be taken to the garage 4 times within a year due to defects.
Lamborghini 350 GTV
According to Ferrucio, Enzo Ferrari did not take the complaints very seriously ("You go and deal with your tractors.") and Lamborghini decided to make a sports car itself. He gave his best constructors the task: build a sports car that is better than a Ferrari in every way. No sooner said than done. In 1963 the Lamborghini 350 GTV rolled out of the factory. His mission to design a sports car better than a Ferrari in every way was successful.
Enzo Ferrari was astounded and the new brand was an instant sensation with engineering that was beyond Ferrari's. In the 60s the company produced models such as the Miura and the Espada. In 1973 the company got into trouble due to the oil crisis. In 1978 the company even went bankrupt and was taken over by Swiss investors.
In 1974, Lamborghini introduced its most famous model, the Countach, with the doors that opened upwards. This model was produced until 1990. The Diablo was then launched and was not much inferior to the Countach in terms of popularity.
The Diablo was the only model produced by Lamborghini in the 90s. In 1998, the company was sold to the German car manufacturer Audi. This has done the Italian sports car builder no harm. The number of Lamborghinis sold and the number of employees increased significantly over the past decade.
The most popular model today is the Lamborghini Gallardo, with a slick design, impressive power and unparalleled driving pleasure. There are about 25 of them driving around in the Netherlands. A total of 14.000 were produced. You will find older copies for sale from around 80.000 euros on various marketplaces.