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Used Lamborghini from Alexander’s

All of Alexander’s used Lamborghini cars are competitively priced and our after care centre offers an on-going maintenance service which is second to none. We can source any Lamborghini new or used though a comprehensive network of prestige and sports car dealerships.  If you don't see what you are looking for in our showroom or extensive stock list, please contact us with your requirements.

History of Lamborghini Cars


All of Alexander’s used Lamborghini cars are competitively priced and our after care centre offers an on-going maintenance service which is second to none. We can source any Lamborghini new or used though a comprehensive network of prestige and sports car dealerships.  If you don't see what you are looking for in our showroom or extensive stock list, please contact us with your requirements.
Ferruccio Lamborghini was fascinated with engines from an early age. World War II he joined the army and was stationed on the island of Rhodes.
 
After the war he returned to his home near Modena in Italy and setup a small car and motorcycle repair shop.  He soon realized that there was a need for tractors in the area in which he lived. He found he could build about one tractor a month from old military vehicles. As Italy's economy grew demand for his high quality tractors. He began building his own engines. His tractor business became very successful reaching a rate of over 400 a month in 1960. He expanded his business in 1960 and began manufacturing heaters and air conditioning.
 
About this time Lamborghini started to get interested in developing a high performance car. He had owned Ferraris but was always disappointed with them. Particularly their engines. He was frustrated with problems he had with a clutch in the Ferrari 250 GT, and went to visit Enzo Ferrari. Enzo had no time for a tractor manufacture and dismissed him. Lamborghini decided there was nothing Ferrari was doing. He decided too build his own car with a V12 engine.  For the design he found a very talented engineer named Giampaolo Dallara who had previously worked on a Ferrari V12 engine.

The Lamborghini 350 GTV V12 prototype was shown to the public in 1963. Sales started the following year. The car was called the 350 GT. It was a complete success.  Over 130 were sold. The future of Automobili Lamborghini looked very bright during the 60’s. The 350 GT was succeeded by the 400 GT and then the  400 GT 2+2.  The 350 GT and 400 GT 2+2 made the Lamborghini name known throughout the world. With the funds coming in from these cars and his successful tractor business Ferruccio allowed his engineers to design and construction a new car - the Lamborghini Miura. The Miura made the Lamborghini name legendary.

The Miura was first shown on November 1965 at the Turin Auto Show by Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. Only the chassis was shown at the show, the engine was transversely mid-mounted, this was only seen in the real F1 race cars. The design of the body was executed by Marcello Gandini in less than a year. March 1966 at the Geneva Show it was on display. The car was very aggressively styled, and an appropriate name was chosen for it, the Miura, a name taken from the ferocious Spanish fighting bulls.

This was followed in 1973 at the Geneva Show when Lamborghini shocked the world again with his revolutionary LP400 Countach. Only a prototype was shown. Today it is difficult to realize the impact that car had on everybody at that time. Even now the car is a show stopper! The car at the show was in bright red with black suede interior. Lamborghini signature swing up doors. It also displayed a unique vertically mounted rear air intakes to go with its powerful 4 Liter engine.

In 1974 disaster struck.  The Lamborghini tractor business received a major setback. A massive order for tractors got cancelled. Lamborghini anticipating the demand, had previously upgraded the tractor factory to be able to build the numbers of tractors required. The company lost a lot of money over it. Compounding things also at this time was a series of labor problems at the factory. While his personal fortune was still considerable he decided to sell part of his share in the factory. Eventually the factory was taken over.

During the 70’s the company survived on sales of Miura's. The car business started to be self sufficient and make money.  However Lamborghini eventually sold all his remaining stock in the company to a Swiss investor.  The company to this day still retains his name however.  Ferruccio Lamborghini died in February 1993.

The oil crisis of the 70's started to make sales of high performance cars difficult.  Production at the factory was plagued with budget and parts supply problems.  People gave up waiting for cars with two year back orders. A wealthy Canadian, Walter Wolf, played a major role is supporting Lamborghini and developing the Countach during these difficult times.

In 1978 the company declared bankruptcy. An Italian court was appointed to find a buyer.  A Swiss based group called the Mimran brother's were able to save the factory. Patrick Mimran (one of the brothers), in 1980 started to turn the company around. The Countach was developed further under him from the LP500 S right up to the impressive QuattroValvole.

Just as things were going well, the Mimran brothers sold the company to Chrysler Corporation.  This was a big surprise at the time.  Chrysler support however was just what the company needed at that time. They were working on a Countach successor --  the Diablo. Chrysler kept the winning team together in Italy. While the cultures of the two companies were different and things got stressful between the management groups.

The new Lamborghini Diablo got rave reviews everywhere it went.  However in another twist of faith, in 1994 Chrysler fell upon hard times and had to sell the company. It was bought by an Indonesian investment group headed by Tommy Suharto.  Unfortunately in the late 90's an economical crisis started to hit the Indonesian owners hard and the much needed money for research on a successor to the Diablo started to dry up.

Fortunately the German company Audi had an interest in Lamborghini in1998, in a complex series of transactions Audi AG became the sole owner of Automobili Lamborghini. Audi took an active role in designing the Murcielago and brought to the table again the vast resources of a major automobile company to develop and produce another exotic car.