Monday, July 6, 2009

Profile : Lamborghini Company

Audi-owned Automobili-Lamborghini S.p.A., or Lamborghini, was founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini. Originally a tractor manufacturer, Lamborghini started the company that bears his name due to his lifelong love of car-racing and his disenchantment in Ferraris.

The first Lamborghini, the 350GT, debuted in 1963. Three years later, the automaker debuted its most famous car, the Miura.

Other famous Lamborghinis developed during that time include the Countach, Espada, and the Jarama. The Seventies proved to be a death knell to the company: financial problems, cancelled orders, and reliability problems forced the company into bankruptcy. The Mimran family, who were food tycoons and car enthusiasts, purchased the company and brought it back to solvency.

In 1987, Chrysler purchased Lamborghini. The American automaker would later sell it to Megatech. Audi, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, would take over the exotic car maker in 1998.

Besides the best-selling Countach, other well-known Lamborghinis include the Diablo, Murcielago, and the Gallardo. Lamborghini unveiled the new MurciƩlago LP640 Roadster at the Orange County Auto Show last year.

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