is an Italian sports car maker with a legendary history in automotive. The company is now owned by Audi, which in turn is part of the Volkswagen Group. Often called Lambo, the Fighting Bull, and the Raging Bull. Nearly all Lamborghini cars are named after famous bulls from the Spanish and Italian bullfighting circuits. Interestingly, Lamborghini is also one of the only sportscar makers that eschews most motorsport racing, though the company does produce parts or collaborative cars for racing, but has not officially backed a factory-based team during its history.
Lamborghini began as a tractor manufacturer, building farm implements from World War II surplus parts. Its owner, Ferruccio Lamborghini, was a lover of fine cars and owned several Ferraris. He was displeased with what he perceived as a rough and unrefined nature in the cars, however, and sought to build a grand tourer to his own specifications. When Ferrari refused to discuss his ideas, insulting him in the process, Lamborghini put his own resources into building his perfect car.
The first car was released the same year and month that the company was founded, debuting at the 1963 Turin Motor Show as the Lamborghini 350GTV. This eventually became the 350GT, which went into production in 1964. The 1965 Miura would be the car that would solidify the company's reputation for sports touring cars, however.
Nearly all Lambos are collectible cars. They are made in small numbers (usually less than 1,500 per year) and are built start-to-finish as hand-built machines. Most Lamborghinis are two-seat, mid-engine sports cars with a reputation for powerful engines and a refined road experience versus the more race-like experience of Ferrari or other sportscar makers.
On the used car market, buyers will often see Diablo, Murcielago, Gallardo, and Aventador models. Of these, only the Aventador continues in production alongside the newly-minted Huracan. These commanded a high price when new and often command a similar high price when purchased used. Since Lamboghinis are largely hand-made, replacement parts are expensive, but ownership and accident history is usually well-documented.