Gallery: the history of Lamborghini V12s
Following Richard’s Aventador power test on the show, here are the big Lambo’s siblings…
Posted: 02 Aug 2011
Being avaricious students of the Internet, you will, no doubt, be aware that Ferrucio Lamborghini started his sportscar company following a less-than-acceptable meeting with Enzo Ferrari.
But what you probably won't know is that he served in World War II, was released from British captivity as a prisoner of war, began his tractor business to help regenerate post-war Italy's agricultural industry, started a heating and ventilation business and even attempted to found a helicopter firm.
These businesses afforded him a rude financial health that he correctly spent on a fleet of exotic metal. None of which pleased this brutally honest and upfront Italian. He wanted a car that epitomised grand touring. And the perfect GT car needed a big, bold engine. A big, bold V12 engine...
Words: Vijay Pattni