Yes, You Should Make A Pilgrimage To The Lamborghini Museum
Story by Leonardo Stefani // Photography by Edoardo Mascalchi and Marco Dellisanti
We travel via Modena; on a long, straight, flat road across the Pianura Padana, and our proximity to Lamborghini was confirmed, thanks to a howling Huracán overtaking us in the other lane. During the last few kilometres, we see many bars with a “Super car here” sign and some sports cars in parking lots, ready to entertain tourists in a short and expensive test drive.
We finally arrived. Between sheds of various kinds stands the giant Lamborghini sign.
Ferruccio Lamborghini was a well-known entrepreneur in the area, producing tractors with a growing company established near Ferrara, and able to afford cars made by Enzo Ferrari. Being such an expert of mechanics, he was disappointed by the malfunctioning of the clutch in his Ferrari 250 GT—but he was even more bothered by the behaviour of Enzo Ferrari, who, hothead like Ferruccio, once he received the complaint told him him to, “Think of tractors and not to the world of cars”.
Ferruccio, without much thought, replied that he would begin to think about making cars himself and in 1963, along with technical experts such as Giotto Bizzarrini, he created the first Lamborghini, the 350 GT.
And from there, well, this laid-back museum will take you through company history, from tractors to powerboats, mid-engined supercars and concepts… It’s amazing that all of this started with a single cranky clutch!