Ferruccio Lamborghini started the Automobili Lamborghini company in 1963 to create the best performance touring cars. After establishing himself as a successful manufacturer of tractors and agricultural equipment, Ferruccio bought several Ferrari automobiles. However, he was never completely pleased with the machines, finding them to feel more like converted racing cars than proper road cars. The Lamborghini company was founded in 1963, and despite being plagues by financial difficulties throughout its history, it has produced some of the most memorable supercars ever produced.
Ferruccio Lamborghini made the emblem of the motor company a bull, after the Miura Ranch he visited in Seville in 1962. Here are the top five most noteworthy models manufactured by Lamborghini to date:
5. Lamborghini Reventón
The Lamborghini Reventón is one of the most powerful and most expensive road cars ever built. It borrows its name from a famous bull that killed famed Mexican bullfighter Felix Guzman. The name means explosive or burst, and the Lamborghini Reventón delivers. The supercar commands a daunting $1.2 million and up price tag-leaving the number of cars produced at only 20. It sources its engine and much of its mechanical parts from the Mucielago LP640. When the car was released, Lamborghini staged a race between the stealth-looking sports car and a jet fighter plane.
The Lamborghini Reventón sports a 6.5L V12 engine under its hood with 650hp and a top speed of 211mph. But perhaps the most exciting feature of the supercar is the solid aluminum block instrument panel, which comes complete with a G-Force-Meter used by Formula One race cars to analyze dynamic forces.
4. Lamborghini Diablo
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson said the Lamborghini Diablo was designed “to be the biggest head-turner in the world.” Upon its first release in 1990, the Diablo commanded a $240,000 price tag. The car takes its name from a legendary bull from the 19th century.
The Lamborghini Diablo was the first car produced by the Lamborghini capable of breaking the 200mph speed. The converted 5.7L V12 boasted 530hp and has reached a top speed of 220mph on the track.
3. Lamborghini Murciélago
The replacement for the Diablo was the Murciélago, named after a bull that received 28 strokes of the sword from Raphael Molina Sanchez without dying. The car ushered in one of the most prosperous periods in the Lamborghini company history with over 4,000 units produced. However, the Enviornmental Protection Agency ranked it as the least fuel efficient car on the market-getting just 8mpg.
The Murciélago 670-4 SV (Super Veloce) models currently produced sport a 6.5L V12 with a whopping 661hp. The rocket tops out at speeds of 213mph and goes from 0-60mph in a lightening quick 2.8 seconds.
2. Lamborghini Countach
The Lamborghini Countach revolutionized the lid-engine sports car. Its design pushed the passenger compartment forward in order to make room for a larger engine. And the Countach popularized the edgy angular design and trademark scissors doors. The door design was necessary when traditional doors were too difficult to operate in the confined space. The Countach takes its name from an Italian expression similar to a cat call or a wolf whistle. And true to its name, the Countach is one of the sexiest cars ever produced. Despite the cars near legendary status in the auto world, only 2,042 cars were produced during the models 16 year history.
1. Lamborghini Miura
While many would place the Countach first in any list, the Lamborghini Miura began the trend of the two-seater high performance mid-engine sports car. It was also the first car to make the Lamborghini name famous throughout the automotive world. The Miura borrows its name from the famous bull breeder in Spain that Ferruccio visited in 1962. Still today, the Miura is one of the best looking sports cars ever produced. If not the best looking sports car ever produced. When it was released at the 1966 Geneva motor show it astounded audiences. It put Lamborghini ahead of Ferrari in the sports car world, and realized Ferrucio Lamborghini’s original ambition.