April 28, 2021, marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of the founder of Automobili Lamborghini, Ferruccio Lamborghini. Ferruccio was not only instrumental in establishing the company in 1963, but his unrelenting desire to improve and innovate was the inspiration for two of its most iconic models: the Miura and Countach.
Upon the sale of his company in 1973-1974, it had already cemented its position as one of the most admired and most successful manufacturers globally. The company continued his legacy of continuous innovation and challenging itself, a major factor setting the company apart.
On April 28, 1916, Ferruccio Lamborghini was born in a small Italian village, Renazzo di CentoRenazzo, Ferrara. As the eldest son of farmers Antonio and Evelina Lamborghini, it seemed as if he was destined for a life on the farm, given the tradition that the eldest son inherits the family farm. However, young Ferruccio was more interested in mechanics than farming, spending his afternoons in the farmstead workshop.
With similar traits to those born under the zodiac astrological sign of Taurus, Ferruccio was tenacious, strong, and was passionate with his ideas. As a boy, he managed to convince the best mechanical workshop in Bologna to hire him. It was there that he discovered all the secrets of mechanics.
With World War II beginning, Ferruccio was already an experienced and well-known mechanic. He was inevitably drafted into the Italian Royal Air Force and was assigned to the 50th Mixed Maneuver Motor Fleet, stationed in Rhodes. They were responsible for all the maintenance and repairs of the Italian army military vehicles on the island, including tractors and diesel trucks used to tow aircraft.
The changing tides of the war would have Ferruccio repairing and sometimes also breaking, as he recalled, vehicles that belonged to the Germans, Italians, and British. In Rhodes, the young mechanic opened his first company after the war, a small mechanical repair shop.
He returned to Italy in 1946, at the time incentives were being offered to support the country’s economic recovery. Taking advantage of the incentives provided,he opened a machine shop that repaired motor vehicles and built small utility vehicles in Cento.
While working in the shop, he noticed that local agriculture was going
By: Sports Car Digest
Title: The Life of Ferruccio Lamborghini: The Man, The Legend, The Cars
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/ferruccio-lamborghini/
Published Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:48:29 +0000
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