Lamborghini didn’t actually have a museum until 2001, when the takeover by Audi freed up cash to put its rare treasures out on display.
Sitting next to the factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, its two stories are packed with cars dating right back to the 1963 foundation of Lamborghini
7 LAMBORGHINI FACTS
- Ferruccio Lamborghini used to drive a Ferrari. When the clutch broke, he noticed it was the same as a tractor’s. He went to Ferrari to ask for a replacement but received bad customer service there. So he started building his own cars.
- Lamborghini as a company is now part of the Volkswagen Group.
- It takes about 130 people to handcraft the Lamborghini Murcielago.
- That same Murcielago goes from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.4 seconds and has top speed of 340 kmph.
- The first Lamborghinis were… tractors. Lamborghini Trattori still exists but is a different company now.
- Once, Lamborghini donated two AWD screamers to the Italian police so they could use the speedy cars to quickly deliver organs to patients in need.
- Ferruccio Lamborghini, the man behind the brand, has Taurus as star sign. Hence the brand’s logo.
1964 350 GT
The very first Lamborghini ever, this lovely-looking machine was a rival to the Ferrari 250 GT. 120 were made between 1964 and 1966, whose 276bhp 3.5-litre V12 gave them 155mph potential.
1966 Miura P40
A prototype of the most famous Lamborghini in the world – and the earliest still in existence. It was first seen at the 1966 Turin motor show and arguably set the template for the modern super car look.
1972 P250 Urraco
In the early 1970s, oil prices were rocketing, and hurting supercar firms such as Lamborghini. Bertone thus designed the Urraco 2+2, billed as a more fuel-efficient model based around a 2.5-litre or 3.0-litre V8 engine, but also offered with a downsized 2.0-litre V8 where taxes were particularly punitive.
1974 Countach LP400
Like the Miura, famed Italian designer Bertone created the Countach, the original sharp-edged and ‘extreme’ Lamborghini. This is the very first production car, whose 4.0-litre V12 produced 370bhp – enough, it was claimed, for a top speed of 196mph.
Did you know Lamborghini made a 4x4 in the 1980s? Not just any 4x4 either, but a ‘Lamborghini Military’ grade machine with 5.2-litre V12 engine from the Countach, capable of up to 434bhp. A monster in every sense of the word, of which the firm built 300.
Lamborghini was experimenting with more affordable cars way back in the late 80s. The P140 had its first V10, and a removable roof panel, yet didn’t make it to production, despite later reappearing in 1995 with the Cala name. We’d have to wait a while longer for the Gallardo to eventually arrive.
1991 Lamborghini Lambo F1
Lamborghini had a sole season in Formula 1 back in 1991, with a car and engine designed entirely in-house. In its very first race, it finished in a creditable seventh place, but the 700bhp V12 racer then failed to even qualify for most of the races thereafter.
2001 Diablo 6.0 SE
Lamborghini built the Diablo for 11 years and to celebrate the end of production, it made 42 examples of this ‘Special Edition’. Finished in gold and brown, the car’s 6.0-litre V12 was given its most potent tune yet, for a top speed of 205mph.
2006 Miura concept.
Lamborghini celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Mura in 2006, with this lovely 21st century reimagination. Serious collectors were lining up with the cheque books but, despite this, no more examples were ever built, sadly.
How’s this for a rare production Lamborghini – just 20 Reventon were made. Based on the Aventador, its 6.5-litre V12 was squeezed up to 641bhp, giving the F22 Raptor fighter jet-inspired car a top speed in excess of 211mph.