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Ferruccio Lamborghini was born 4/28/16, in Renazza di Cento Italy, which is a farming community. He obtained a passion for things mechanical by working on farm machinery and furthered his education during World War II, with the Italian and then the British army. After the war, he saw opportunity in the shortage of farm machinery and started to make a living cobbling together tractors. The high demand and his talents as an industrialist worked well and he also produced home oil burners and air conditioners where he was similarly successful.

The story of how Ferruccion Lamborghini came to make some of the most exciting cars in the world at first reads like a classic car enthusiast's urban legend. Supposedly his success brought him the ability to enjoy fine cars, at least one of which was a Ferrari. Ferruccio found problems with his Ferrari and, depending on which version of the story you get, he was either given the cold shoulder by Enzo Ferrari himself or the two got into a heated argument and Ferruccio stormed off, vowing to create a better Ferrari than Ferrari himself.

Ferruccio and tractors Ferruccio with Miura model
Lamborghini press photo courtesy Skip Marketti of The Nethercutt Collection
Left: Ferruccio poses between the fruits of his industrial genius; A Miura and a P250 Urracco to his right and left in front of him and Lamborghini tractors behind him. Right: with a model of the Miura, in this case a transistor radio.
This is one urban legend that is based on fact. As Ferruccio would later relate, his Ferrari had clutch problems. This part is not hard to believe, as Ferraris of the time were so affected. Ferruccio offered Enzo Ferrari some suggestions to cure the problem and Ferrari let loose, telling him to stick with tractors. This is also believable, as Enzo rarely took kindly to criticisms of his cars. Ferruccio would later boast "I created a car with a better clutch, a better engine in front of it and a better transmission behind it!".

Lamborghini wine label After leaving the car building business in the early 1970s, Ferrucio turned to wine making. The label to the left (Sangue Di Miura = "Blood of the Miura") shows his friend Don Eduardo Miura, who bred the Spanish fighting bulls that the Miura was named after. Don Duardo Miura is to the left and Ferrucio is on the right. The Jota Miura is depicted between them with Ferrucio's signature just below. As with the cars, his wines are sought after by collectors; you can find them at wine-searcher.com. The family continued the wine making business after Ferrucios death in 1993.

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