Back when I was a prepubescent kid, one of my favorite posters hanging on the wall was that of a Lamborghini Diablo. It was my dream car. Heck, I bet it was damn near every boy’s dream car. Of course, as I got older, I realized that the possibility of actually owning a Lamborghini was completely out of touch. Being an adult is hard like that at times. Regardless, there’s always been a little part of me that continues to keep tabs on what Lamborghini has been up to. Case in point, the recently released Aventador LP 700-4. This bad boy features a 700-horsepower V12 engine, which can get up to 62 miles in 2.9 seconds, and has topped off at 350 kilometers per hour, which is something like 217 miles per hour. To assist in cutting fuel and carbon emissions, The Aventador will weigh about 1,570 kilograms (3,461 lbs.), which is said to cut those effects by 20%. The frame is made from a carbon fiber, which is similar to what is found in Formula One cars. So, in honor of this new flagship luxury car, here’s a time-line of the famed Automobili Lamborghini.
April 28, 1916:
Ferruccio Lamborghini is born near Bologna, Italy.
After WWII, Lamborghini purchases his factory and produces tractors to help rebuild Italy following the war.
Lamborghini’s tractor company, Lamborghini Trattori, was financially successful not just in Italy, but across Europe. By the end of the decade the company produced one of their greatest, and innovative, pieces of equipment an air-cooled automobile engine.
The Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. car factory begins operations. Rumor has it that Ferruccio Lamborghini was agitated at having to keep waiting for someone to fix his Ferrari at their headquarters in Modena. He eventually demanded to speak to Enzo Ferrari, who also kept him waiting. In response he started his own high-performance sports car company.
The 350 GT, the first Lamborghini sports car, debuts.
Introduced are The 400 GT and the Miura P400.
The Islero 400 GT and the Espada make their debut.
The Urraco P250 and the Jarama 400GTS (the last front-engined Lamborghini) are unleashed.
The Countach LP400 goes into production; Ferruccio Lamborghini sells his remaining 49 percent stake in the company; the company he founded soon falls into bankruptcy.
The Silhouette is first introduced.
The Bologna Court sells the company to the Swiss food entrepreneurs the Mimram brothers.
The Countach LP500S and the Jalpa make their debuts.
The Chrysler Corporation purchases Automobili Lamborghini.
After 25 years of manufacturing, the Countach is taken out of production.
The Diablo, the world’s fastest production car, is unveiled.
Chrysler sells Lamborghini to MegaTech, which is controlled by the Indonesian conglomerate SEDTCO.
Ownership of Lamborghini is restructured: Indonesia company V’Power Corp. holds 60 percent interest, MyCom Bhd., a Malaysian company, owns 40 percent.
Vittorio Di Capua becomes president and CEO; he initiates a major cost-cutting and restructuring program.
Through its AUDI AG subsidiary, Volkswagen acquires Lamborghini.
Company is restructured into a holding company, Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A., with Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. an auto making subsidiary; Di Capua resigns as head of the company and is replaced by Giuseppe Greco.
The “supercar” Murciélago, which was named after a famous Spanish fighting bull, is introduced and becomes the company’s new flagship car, succeeding the Diablo.
Automobili Lamborghini celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary, also unveils it’s most produced model to date, The Gallardo, and ends the year with a record in production and sales.
The most expensive Lamborghini road car,The Reventón, is unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. There were only 20 made, and it’s top speed was recorded in LA at 211 miles per hour.
The Aventador, which is to replace the Murciélago, is unveiled on March 1 at the Geneva Motor Show.
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