Ferruccio Lamborghini was born near the city of Ferraraon April 28, 1916. Passion for technology, and, above all, to a car engine, led him to engineering school in Bologna, after which he worked as a mechanic in the Italian Army. After the Second World War, Ferruccio engaged in reconstructing military equipment into civilian, mainly agricultural. In the late 40's Ferruccio Lamborghini was able to start production of the tractor of his own design. Later, the company was also engaged in the development and manufacture of heating equipment and air conditioning systems.
One of the legends of the origin of the company of «Lamborghini» begins this way: in the early morning of summer of 1962 at the entrance to the office of Enzo Ferrari in Maranello there stopped a car Ferrari 365 GT. Out from the car came Ferruccio Lamborghini and went straight to the reception of Enzo. The visitor told the secretary that he wanted to speak to Ferrari about the shortcomings and weaknesses of his car. And discuss face to face - as is common in the circles of these entrepreneurs. The secretary went in to his boss and forgot to close the door, so the visitor became an involuntary witness of the conversation. "Signor Lamborghini wanted to talk to you, - said the secretary - he drives a Ferrari and would like to make a few comments about the car." In response, the Chief asked in a loud and angry voice, "Lamborghini? Who is he? Explain to him that there is no thoroughfare. I do not have time for each customer". "This was a real blow for me - confessed later Lamborghini - I immediately rushed home, drank a glass of wine to calm down, and the same day sold his Ferrari. This wretch Ferrari will hear of me yet!".
It was then - spontaneously - and the idea was born to start production of a Lamborghini sports car. First of all, in order to annoy Ferrari and his brand which became iconic sports cars. Soon there appeared shops to where Lamborghini lured from Ferrari the most skilled workers and the best engineers.
One year later - in October 1963 - at the Turin Motor Show there was presented the first model - Lamborghini 350 GT. The designers have introduced a number of ideas not previously used in the automotive industry. But there were a lot of shortcomings. А powerful 12-cylinder engine with two overhead camshafts per row and six carburetors of Weber type was not thoroughly developed. Appearance was liked not by everyone and the finish has much left to be desired. It is not a surprise that during the first year it was sold only 13 of these cars. But then there came a breakthrough. Lamborghini became the first car-maker who started manufacture of cars with the central engine location. Model Miura, shown in 1965, was equipped with a 12-cylinder engine positioned behind the driver across the car on a special frame. This decision has inspired designers to give the car an unusual shape. During six years they have sold 800 cars of Miura model, by popularity they have outrivaled Ferrari.
The success inspired Ferruccio, and he decided to create a new model - not for the wealthiest buyers. At the time, the most popularity belonged to the class of cars «Grand Touring». The new model is called Espada - in Russian - "Blade of the matador." The risk completely paid off - the car has become one of the most popular in the history of the company, its production continued until 1978. For 10 years there were more than a thousand cars - a record for the number of Lamborghini.
Today «Lamborghini» is owned by Audi, which, in its own turn, is part of the «Volkswagen AG» concern.