In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Ferruccio Lamborghini recognised Italy’s need for farm tractors and, in 1948, launched Lamborghini Trattori to provide them.
By 1965, the company has a new factory, and in 1958, it started selling tractors using Lamborghini’s own engines, rather than buying them from outside suppliers such as Mercedes-Benz.
Tractors proved lucrative enough for Lamborghini (pictured above, circa-1970, with the Lamborghini Jarama and a contemporary tractor) for him to indulge an appreciation for fine sports cars from his Italian neighbour, Enzo Ferrari. Legend suggests, however, that when Lamborghini recommended improvements to his car, Ferrari dismissed them, telling the agrarian entrepreneur to go back to building tractors.
Instead, Lamborghini broke ground in 1963 on a factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, where he would launch production of the V-12 350 GT, a traditionally styled Italian sports coupe. But at the 1966 Geneva motor show, Lamborghini unveiled the radical Miura prototype, in a single stroke forging its reputation as a constructor of daydream-inducing mid-engine V-12 supersports cars. (Photo: Automobili Lamborghini)