Ferruccio Lamborghini owned a very successful tractor factory, Lamborghini Trattori S.p.A., based in the small Italian village of Sant'Agata Bolognese, near Bologna he was also an enthusiastic owner of sports cars, including a Ferrari. There are several stories of how Lamborghini came to produce cars but here follows the popular version: Lamborghini met Enzo Ferrari at a party, and, naturally, the talk drifted to sports cars. Lamborghini pointed out a few things in Ferrari's designs which he did not agree with. Ferrari, a notorious hothead, got apoplectic. "If you don't like the way I build my cars, why don't you go build one in that tractor factory of yours." Lamborghini considered this a good idea and Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., was formed in 1963. Today the Lamborghini marque is owned by the Volkswagen Group.
Ferruccio Lamborghini himself never was a bullfighting supporter but loved Bulls and was a born under the astrological sign Taurus, which explains why most Lamborghini cars have a name somehow related to bulls.
The legendary Lamborghini Countach first appeared at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. Designed by Paolo Gandini the car had a chassis with a very complicated ultra low multi-tubular structure in which the famous V12 engine was mounted lengthwise behind the cockpit. The Countach had a particularly futuristic appearance the most captivating feature being the scissor doors, and with a top speed of over 180 mph this Lamborghini was the fastest factory built road car for two decades.
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