It is one of the most evocative legends in the automotive world. Ferruccio Lamborghini had four bad luck with his Ferrari in one year and complained about it personally to Supreme God Enzo Ferrari. He would have bitten him that he better focus on his tractors, sports cars were apparently not for Lamborghini.
Then came the revenge. Ferruccio Lamborghini put together a team of bright minds with one goal in mind: to build a sports car that was better than a Ferrari. This resulted in the prototype 350 GTV and finally in the production model 350 GT (1964). A resounding start for a famous sports car brand. The only question is whether Ferrari actually uttered those insulting words. Nobody knows, but the anecdote is too good to check broken.
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Ferruccio was not only fond of fast cars, but also bullfights. It is therefore not surprising that the famous bull Murciélago became the logo of Lamborghini. Murciélago (Spanish for bat) was a bull who is believed to have survived twenty-four lance stings in a battle in 1879. At the request of the public in the swirling bullring in Córdoba, who were impressed by his fighting spirit, the bull was not killed. Such a strong bull must have primal powers, thought bull breeder Antonio Miura.
He bought Murciélago, who was not allowed to enjoy his old age in the Spanish sun, but had to work and cover seventy cows. The Miura bulls, which are bred on a farm in Andalusia, are still used in bullfights. The breed commands respect: because of its weight of almost six hundred kilos and because many bullfighters were injured or even died fighting a Miura bull. Both Murciélago and Miura later became models of Lamborghini.
Nice story about Murciélago, right? But the authenticity of this story is also disputed. Can a bull so badly beaten survive at all? It is therefore not certain whether the large, fierce Miura bulls are descendants of Murciélago. Maybe John van den Heuvel can reconstruct the case… That Lamborghini chose a ferocious bull for its logo can of course also be a mean nod to Ferrari's prancing horse.
Ferruccio Lamborghini sold both his tractor factory and his car factory in 1972. After several bankruptcies, the car brand passed into different hands, was for a time owned by Chrysler and the Indonesian MegaTech, before it was taken over by Audi in 1998. The Lamborghini Urus is now the best-selling model. And it is named after an extinct cow, entirely in Lamborghini tradition.
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