Back in 1963, Ferruccio was a wealthy Italian businessman who made tractors. He became rich, and with his money, he was able to satisfy his love for cars, a love that started ever since he owned an old fiat topolino during the 1940's. Now, however, he had a diverse garage, one composed of the best cars availible back then: Maserati 3500GT's, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, Lancias, Mercedes 300SL's, and - the Ferrari 250 GT. The car that would result in a legendary arguement between him - and Enzo Ferrari.
After finding out that the Ferraris had inferior clutches and bland, spartan interiors, Ferrucio repetedely sent them back to Maranello, (where Ferrari's factory is) insisting that these problems were fixed. However, each time Ferrucio's Ferraris were returned, the problems remained the same. So, the annoyed Ferrucio went to Maranello himself to complain about the Ferraris - to Enzo himself.
Ferruccio: Mr. Enzo, let me say a word about your Ferraris. Although they indeed are fast, I've found out that they have clutch problems that seriously lower the driving experience.
Enzo: Clutch Problems? What bloody clutch problem are you talking about? My cars are perfect!
Ferruccio: They do have clutch problems, sir; I have been sending your cars back here, to Maranello 550 times this week, yet they return with the same problems as ever!
Ferruccio: Oh, let's just face the facts - Ferrari, your cars are rubbish!
Enzo: Ferruccio, YOU CAN'T DRIVE CARS - GO DRIVE TRACTORS INSTEAD!!!
Ferruccio: Fine, grandpa, from now on, I'm making my own cars. Ha!
After this duel between Enzo and Ferruccio, our determined businessman did really start building his own cars - cars that have been rivalling Enzo Ferrari's cars ever since, earning a worldwide reputation, alongside Ferrari, as Italy's finest supercar manufacturer - Lamborghini.
I once did an essay about the italian sports car industry. Did you know that Enzo once worked for Alfa?
Also Ferraro repairedand made tanks and vehichles in WWII working for the Italian Axis.
Alfa is also an anagram, too.
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January 2, 2010
oh yes the legendry tale of lamborghini and ferrari! only the strongest shall survive!
thanks for the very fun history lesson. I seemed to remember reading somewhere that the founder of Lamborghini was a tractor manufacturer, but it's been a while, and the previous presentation of this tidbit of trivia wasn't nearly so memorable.