Lamborghini: A walk through the history
Lamborghini one of the most elite car manufacturer is named after the founder of the company Ferruccio Lamborghini ( 1916-1993 ). Ferruccio Lamborghini established the top tier car maker in 1963 when he was 47 years old. Ferruccio Lamborghini was a lucrative tractor maker before he got curious about sports cars.
His curiosity about sports cars pushed him to grasp his hands on numerous high-performance hot sports cars of that medieval for instance both Maserati as well as Ferrari, however, he was actually never that much delighted with any of them thereby chose to craft his very own, ultra perfect sports car.
Plot twist: Ferruccio bought a Ferrari 250GT, which he took in to be examined at the Ferrari Maranello HQ after noticing that the clutch was the same as the one being employed on his production line. He politely requested Enzo Ferrari for a substitute part, who replied “You’re just a crazy tractor maker, how could you know any-thing about modern sports cars ?” There we go, Ferruccio filled up with rage, he spit on the floor, and actually this was the key inspiration to build its master piece sports car.
He commenced planning out this mission in final quarter of 1962, then by May 1963 he had accomplished his dream ‘Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini’, acquiring a spacious huge chunk of land in small Italian village named Sant’Agata Bolognese, approximately 25 kilometers from Bologna, to construct a whole new enormous and ultramodern manufacturing facility, he was seeing his dream i.e. ultra high end sports car seemed to come up true very soon.
So the first Lamborghini emerged quite soon, Lamborghini 350 GTV the first ever Lamborghini was there. It was like Ferruccio’s dream come true, his hard work, his devotion towards this project lead it to success. It is worth to mention all credit goes to Enzio Ferrari for inspiring Ferruccio Lamborghini LOL.
Lamborghini: Roll out of the very first product
The 350 GTV although was the world’s very first Lambo, and undoubtedly, it triggered the construction of the super-car genre, but when the Lamborghini 350 GTV was initially showcased at the Turin Auto Show it wasn’t actually finalized, so they inserted a handful of bricks exactly where the heart of the car i.e. powerful engine should have been present and kept the hood switched off the entire instance.
Ferruccio Lamborghini afterwards directly turned to Giotto Bizzarrini, who had designed and crafted a couple of Ferrari’s most lavish engines. Then for finalizing the 350 GTV as well as in order to initiate continuous manufacturing, he employed two promising young engineers, Giampaolo Dallara together with Giampaolo Stanzani.
Lamborghini: Successors coming up
Soon after the completion of 350 GTV a successor was there named Lamborghini 400 GT. Lamborghini 400 GT was actually built on the two-seater frame work, that has been later grown to be the 400 GT 2+2 with two seats behind the 2 regular ones found on the first 400 GT.
Around 247 of the aforementioned Lamborghini were built, which reflects a keen success of the car maker. 400 GT stayed in production from 1965-1968. Lamborghini made its way to 1965 Turin Auto Show which simply bears a noticeable impact on company’s history. But another massive milestone was still to come.
A masterpiece unleashed:
In 1966 Lamborghini Miura was presented in Geneva Motor Show. The top-notch Miura reigned unparalleled at the Motor Show in Geneva. Miura reached the clouds of success famous celebrities of that time such as his Majesty Saudi King Fahd, Prince Faisal and famous American singer of that time Frank Sinatra used to drive Miuras.
You can simply estimate the popularity of Lamborghini in 60s by this expression which was very famous at that particular time: “You buy a Ferrari when you want to be somebody. You buy a Lamborghini when you are somebody.” You were nothing if you don’t own a Lamborghini Miura.
Miura was in production for 7 years, around 764 of the Lamborghini were ordered. It sported a 3929 cc V12 monster engine. The company gained fame all because of the successful Miura.
Yet more products to be added in Lamborghini range:
After showing its presence in Turin Show and Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini then made its way to Italian Auto Show in 1967 with some brilliant line up in inventory. Lamborghini 350 GT was not discontinued, however, was out of production. While the 400 GT 2+2 and Miura were there.
Lamborghini was now ranked in world’s top Auto Mobile makers. Then came another surprise, the idea of vertically opening door was just about to emerge. The concept of vertically opening doors emerged for the initial instance on the exotic vehicle branded as the Marzal , as well as in the yet to come days this would slowly but surely become the exceptional characteristic of the top-range Lamborghinis .
The Marzal was not created for bulk production. This failed to keep the Marzal from turning into the star of many auto shows and being cherished on the front cover of intercontinental magazines and publications.
Yet again the very famous heart of company i.e. The Lamborghini Miura was presented in the Brussels car show in 1968. 1968 was also the year when Lamborghini thought to bring up some convertible range. With 1968’s Bertone-designed Lamborghini Espada 400 GT, he accomplished this benchmark.
It absolutely was an immense hit over the subsequent decade, with around more than 1200 assembled at Sant’Agata in its decade of manufacturing. Whilst driving fanatics cherished the Espada, the vibrantly emblazoned Lamborghini Miuras were still very beloved by wallowing in wealth playboys of the 1960s.
The same year Lamborghini Islero was introduced, it was a stylish, classical 2+2 coupe, actually it was simply the same thing as 400 GT, to keep it short Lamborghini Islero was a successor of Lamborghini 400 GT. Lamborghini Islero S was later introduced which was a iteration of Islero. Total 225 units were sold 100 Islero while Islero gained a bit more market and thus managed to hook up 125 deals. The company needs something yet again to maintain its reputation among the elite car manufacturers, thus the Lamborghini did some modifications to their best Lamborghini Miura and labeled it as Lamborghini Miura S.
The best Lamborghini of that era i.e. Miura just received a modification and so giving a comfy effect to company again. The Miura S packed a bigger 370 hp engine around 20 more than that of previous. The new Miura S was presented in 1970 Brussels Motor Show along with Lamborghini Espada. Not just the Miura was the best Lamborghini, Espada too was exhibiting its crucial presence.
In 1970 Espada alone received 228 orders which was a great accomplishment for Lamborghini. Simply the most cherished and the best Lamborghini since the creation of the company was Miura but Lamborghini Espada soon gets it hands on on the title.
The Lamborghini in the same year 1970 introduced a successor of Islero and it was Lamborghini Jarama followed by a newer version Lamborghini Jarama S. However, Jarama failed to make that much hype which Lamborghini required for. The elite car maker needs something to make it root strong in the Auto mobile industry therefore Lamborghini introduced a whole new 2+2 sports car named after a fighting bull, Lamborghini Urraco was here. Lamborghini Urraco packed a V8 engine and unlike Miura and Espada it was much much cheaper.
Lamborghini actually presented Urraco in Turin Auto Show of the 1970 but was not available for sale before 1973. Urraco was unveiled to take on directly with less Ferrari Dino fueled by V6 engine (V8 was later implemented) and very famous Mesarti Merak. To produce Urraco, Lamborghini broadened the Sant’Agata manufacturing facility, installing a capacious brand new assembly line behind the one which was in use, in this manner spooning on approximately 500 square meters of fresh factory space.
First time a Lamborghini car receiving its Racing edition:
Now a special moment comes in to play, the best Lamborghini of that era obviously the Miura was to get its racing edition. Lamborghini Miura Jota was born. Lamborghini Miura Jota got an amplified V12 engine cranked up to 440 hp which was around 90 hp more in contrast to the first Miura. Jota offered splendid performance on racing tracks, its new aluminium frame was light and was perfect to be on racing track. The Miura Jota’s acceleration was tremendous, 0-100 KM/h in just 3.6 seconds wow!. In 1971 a newer bro of Jota which was Jota SV was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show of that particular year. Alas! the legend got no attention.
The entry of Lamborghini’s traditional Scissor Doors:
Yet again a new car was to make debut and here came the big surprise. Meet the legend Lamborghini Countach, a 2 coupe sleek designed ultra high end sports car with vertically moving scissor doors for the very first time. Lamborghini went to the production line in 1974 and was there till 1990. Countach was incorporated with a V12 engine of 370 hp and received modifications in the forthcoming future. In 2004 Sports Car International magazine rated Countach in as rank 3 sports car of the 70s. The Countach was bulk produced and around 2050 units were manufactured in 16 years. Lamborghini Countach was by all means a classical luxurious sports car, scissor doors, air-craft grade aluminium chassis, the under body was made up of fiber-glass. It was extremely light in weight yet extremely tough too. In the honor of the success attained by the Countach, Lamborghini in 1988 introduced a 25th anniversary Countach fueled by the 5167 cc V12 beasty engine. Another interesting thing happened in 1975 when a famous Canadian Businessman Walter Wolf asked Lamborghini to make a custom Countach on his demand that can fulfill his requirements as he was not impressed with then engine’s raw power. So Lamborghini built a Walter Wolf edition of the Countach with amplified engine power up to 447 hp and can achieve a max speed of 320 KM/h.
Tidbit: When the chief of the Bertone design initially starred at the concept that was going to end up as the flagship Lambo, he exclaimed “Countach !” in his Piedmont dialect. Accounts alter regarding what precisely that intended, from “Bloody hell!”, to “Holy sh** !”, to a woman of um, “extravagant” appearance.
Things going towards dismal side:
Suddenly things gone dismal side in 1973, the Arab-Israel War triggered a massive oil crisis, as a consequence of that the production and demands of fuel hungry ultra sports car quenched quite a bit. Lamborghini was impacted by an extremely severe whack so the company attempted its finest to retaliate. In order to get over all these complications, 2 fresh Urraco units were confronted. Practically, these were spin-offs of the P250 range: a 2 liter unit ( P200 ), once again with a sole camshaft however, this time with a reduced engine displacement in deference to taxes strict limits, in addition to a more potent and decent 3 liter unit ( P300 ), with twin over-head camshaft timing approach and the raw power lifted to 250 hp. All Lamborghini have to do now was to furnish its product line up as the sales were diminishing day by day. The commercial, social and production issues was smacking Lamborghini, the brilliant automobile company was striving to keep alive. All the situation tend the company to seek for an outsider collaboration, thus the Lamborghini contacted BMW motor sport and the deal was done. But BAD LUCK! some how the contract between Lamborghini and BMW halted. The first best Lamborghini was already out of production i.e. Miura. The very famous Lamborghini Espada also died in 1978, followed by fighting bull Lamborghini Urraco. Yet the Countach was still there standing in firm position, but the company was not making much bucks from a single product.
Sigh! a breath of relief:
Sigh! the company just got a back-lift. Two wealthy brothers Jean-Claude and Patrick Mimran were die hard Automobile lovers. By the assistance of their tons of financial aid company was reconstructed and thus ‘Nuova Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini SpA’ was born. Once again Lamborghini went in the Geneva Motor Show and showcased a swiss redesigned variant of the king Lambo Miura. The modifications on Countach were also implemented as the company once more getting strong. During 80s the company also unveiled several off road units such as LM004 which was not intended for flat tracks rather sand dunes. LM004 mounted a 420 hp V12 engine with 7 Liter capacity.
Tidbit: To make LM004 appealing, Lamborghini incorporated phone, bucket seats a refrigerator and multiple cool facilities.
In 1985 at the Geneva Motor Show Lamborghini came up with a more beast version of Countach, it was Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole. The Quattrovalvole’s speed hunger was being fulfilled by a 455 bhp @ 7000 RPM engine. The production of Quattrovalvole was halted ending up with 631 units. In April 1987, ‘Nuova Automobili Lamborghini SpA’ was acquired by the US Chrysler company. After that company made several prototypes of Countach Evoluzione but it never made it way through the roads. As aforementioned Lamborghini in 1988 introduced a 25th anniversary Countach fueled by the 5167 cc V12 beasty engine, around 657 of them were sold. Another one of the best Lamborghini died in 1990, production of Countach stopped. But a new biggy was to be born, Lamborghini Diablo came into existence. Diablo is basically a Latin word meaning “Devil”. Lamborghini Diablo remained in production from 1990-2001. In term of specs Diablo really was a Devil, sporting a 492 hp V12 engine, delivering a speed of 320 KM/h. Racing variants of Diablo such SVR and GT were produced in limited numbers. The Diablo GTR got just 32 units as it was totally intended for racing and packed a mega 590 hp engine.
A Great Deal with top car maker BMW:
The year 1998 was special one for the company’s history as it signed in a contract with top car maker Audi to make some V8 engines for upcoming baby Lambo. Diablo made enormous hype in the market and as in all Lamborghini after the Countach scissor doors were basically the trademark. Soon after the ceasing of Diablo, a sexy beast snatched the place and hold the crown of best Lamborghini. It was Lamborghini Murceilago. Murceilago’s 4099 units were built in it’s whole life span from 2001-2010 which most by any Lamborghini until then. Several iteration of the Murceilago were delivered to the market such as LP 640 Versace, LP 650-4 Roadster, from the moto sport section Lamborghini R-GT and R-SV. In 2004 on the occasion of 40th anniversary of Lamborghini company unharnessed 40th anniversary edition of Murceilago which was in Jade Green color. Another modification were observed in 2007 when Lamborghini Reventon debuted in Frankfurt Auto Show. The Reventon was a re-designed and modified version of the sexy beast Lamborghini Murceilago.
Plot twist: Actually the Murceilago was not officially the best Lamborghini of its time. The title rests with the great Lamborghini Gallardo, which achieved the cloud of sales. Massive figure 14,022 of the Lamborghini Gallardo was being built throughout its life span from 2003-2013. In the event of Geneva Motor Show 2007 Gallardo Superleggera made its entry. The name Superleggera was actually to present tribute to the very first car of the Lamborghini i.e. 350 GT. The Superleggera was operated by a 523 hp engine. For the first time 6-speed E-Gear transmission V10 engine was implemented in Gallardo later V12 variants were also introduced.
In the upcoming future numerous modified version of Lamborghini Gallardo were presented to the market. Second generation Gallardo were introduced after 2007, for the first time boasting “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” directly fuel injection approach to boost efficiency; fuel ingestion and CO2 emissions have been restricted by 18% even with a massive lift in overall performance. In the last quarter of the year 2013, Lamborghini announced that they are rolling of their best selling product Lamborghini Gallardo. In 2014 Gallardo was replaced by its successor Lamborghini Huracan on a 5.2 Liters V10 engine.
Tidbit: London Metropolitan Police and Italian Police uses custom painted Gallardo in case of emergencies.
Finally at the Geneva Motor Show 2011, the flagship Lamborghini Aventador made it entry, the Aventador is actually a successor of Lamborghini Murceilago. A total of 3628 units of Aventador are produced till now including every modified version which is around a Quarter of the total Gallarado units produced. Lamborghini Aventador is simply the most expensive product of the company, not only because of its unique design but also of its massive 690 hp V12 engine cranked @ 8200 RPM.
Tidbit: Lamborghini Veneno is the most expensive sports car in the entire world till now with price tag of $4.5 Million. Actually it is 50th anniversary edition of Lamborghini Aventador. Engine raw power of Veneno is increased from 690 hp to massive 740 hp.
The Best Lamborghini title goes to?
Actually after that whole lot of stuff a question comes in mind which actually is the best Lamborghini? Put a glance below at the countdown.
5. Lamborghini Espada:
Engine Raw power: V12 325 hp.
Engine capacity: 3.9 L.
Production Period: 1968-1978 (10 years).
Production Figures: 1217 unit built.
The Espada (which means Sword) was built to replenish the emptiness in Lamborghini’s product range of a genuine 4 seater. While the Miura had already captured the planet by surprise, this stylish, robust, and comfy grand tourer was in accordance with Ferruccio Lamborghini’s ideas and sports car appetite.
4. Lamborghini Gallardo:
Engine Raw power: V12 493-562 hp.
Engine capacity: 5.0 and 5.2 L.
Production Period: 2003-2013 (10 years).
Production Figures: 14022 unit built.
It appears that really the Gallardo has been around us forever, because it is still a wow super car, it doesn’t look out dated, as well as being still the beloved of numerous car lovers. Without the “baby Lambo,” the Elite car maker would probably have acknowledged bankruptcy some time ago, so we are extremely glad for its existence.
Tidbit: It was the very first car produced by Lamborghini after the contract with Audi.
3. Lamborghini Diablo:
Engine Raw power: V12 292-595 hp.
Engine capacity: 5.7 and 6.0 L.
Production Period: 1990-2001 (11 years).
Production Figures: 14022 unit built.
The Lamborghini Diablo (which means Devil) was the poster super car for anyone in their ’20s. 3 years after the production of Lamborghini Diablo the legend Ferruccio Lamborghini gone for ever, leaving behind an unmatched Automobile maker.
2. Lamborghini Countach:
Engine Raw power: V12 375-748 hp.
Engine capacity: 4.0 and 5.2 L.
Production Period: 1974-1990 (16 years).
Production Figures: 2049 unit built.
The Countach (which is an exclamation upon seeing a beautiful woman) stood firm during the company’s dismal era. It remained on production line for about 16 years, most by any Lamborghini.
1. Lamborghini Miura:
Engine Raw power: V12 350 hp.
Engine capacity: 3.9 L.
Production Period: 1966-1973 (7 years).
Production Figures: 764 unit built.
The Miura (which is actually name of a fighting bull bloodline) is the quintessence of today’s super cars. It made easier for the mid-engined outline super cars, thereby transforming the planet of Automobiles for ever. There is no car in the whole history of Lamborghini who can be loved, cherished and appreciated more than Miura. Probably the best Lamborghini is the “Miura”.