This is my first post ever so I thank anyone intrigued enough to continue reading!! I am very excited to be here!! Today, October 30th, has significance in automotive history unlike any other. The very first Lamborghini made its debut at the Turin Auto Show on October 30th, 1963. Originally a tractor maker, Ferruccio Lamborghini wasn’t always in the business of building lavish supercars, he was however, a mechanic in the Italian Army during World War II. Upon his return to Italy, he took to converting military vehicles into machines for agricultural use. By 1948 he began designing and fabricating his own tractors. Lamborghini’s tractors proved to be very reliable and soon yielded him a very comfortable lifestyle. Lamborghini’s success also fueled his interest in luxury sports cars.
In the early 1960’s, Lamborghini purchased a Ferrari 250 GT, produced by future arch-rival Enzo Ferrari. Soon after purchasing the car, Lamborghini encountered a noisy gearbox and reportedly paid Enzo Ferrari a visit. After highlighting his distaste with his new automobile, Ferrari responded by patronizing Lamborghini for critiquing his sports car as he were merely a tractor-maker. Lamborghini saw this as a challenge and began designing his very first sports car.
On this day in 1963, the Lamborghini 350 GTV debuted at the Turin Auto Show. The automobile had not even been completed and was displayed with a crate of ceramic tiles in place of an engine. The 350 GTV was not well received and was radically redesigned before it went into production in 1964 as the 350 GT. Only 100 of these vehicles were sold. Although not a high-production vehicle, the 350 GT succeeded at being a quieter and more comfortable vehicle all the way to 320mph in comparison to the Ferrari 250 GT. This is how Ferruccio Lamborghini laid the foundation for a timeless brand and challenged Enzo Ferrari to produce more competitive vehicles from 1964 on.
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