Sig. Ferruccio Lamborghini didn't start by building high-performance cars, he was actually born into a farmer family, so when World War II was over and Ferruccio returned to Italy, he began converting the military left-over engines into powerful tractors, which were much needed at that time.
With his studies at a technical school, and his assigned during the war in the car park of the army, he was well capable of building just about anything from scratch, and keep it running afterward.
The tractor business, which he started in an old barn, went extremely well, and soon Ferruccio was able to move into bigger premises in 1949, he built had a completely new factory built in Cento and founded Lamborghini Trattori SpA. At that time they built just one tractor each day with a rather small group of employees. But things only got better, and by 1958 Lamborghini Trattori SpA built 1500 tractors a year.
Lamborghini tractors were considered to be among the very best, in the beginning Ferruccio even organized tractor-pulling contests between his machines and those belonging to nearby farmers, just to show that his tractor was the most powerful one. The Lamborghini tractors were very reliable and they were built in a very high quality, mainly because over 80 percent of the parts were made inside the factory at Cento, so Ferruccio could assure himself of the best possible quality.
In 1969 production went up to 5000 units a year, which caused Ferruccio to start thinking about moving into even larger premisses again. He moved the factory in 1971, at that time the Lamborghini Trattori SpA was the third best selling tractor manufacturer on the Italian market. But in 1972, after a fatal cancellation of an important order, Ferruccio lost confidence in his tractor business and sold his company to Same Co of Treviglio, but production still continued and by 1979, the former Lamborghini factory produced some 10,000 tractors a year, from which 26 percent was exported all over the world while 8 percent remained in Italy.
It should therefore be much easier to find a Lamborghini tractor than a Lamborghini car, because the total production of Automobili Lamborghini is nowhere near 10,000 units until lately, with production runs of the Murciélago and the Gallardo well into the thousands each !
If you would like more information on the current Lamborghini tractors available, take a look at the official Lamborghini tractor site found at the next URL : Lamborghini-tractors.com
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The 2013 edition of the famous Viva Italia event at the TT Circuit in Assen, the Netherlands will celebrate 50 years of Lamborghini, so expect a lot of Bulls.
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The official intro movie on the Egoista shown by Automobili Lamborghini SpA during the unveil in Sant'Agata
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Official Lamborghini footage on the final day of the Grande Giro 50th Anniversary event including the unveil of the Egoista
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The real Lamborghini Egoista unveiled on Saturday will probably never be sold, but there is another option ... Looksmart will release a scale model
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November 20. 2010
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