August 17, 2009

Lamborghini DL30C

A little history

Ferruccio Lamborghini was born in a family of modest farmers near Ferrara. His talent for all things mechanical became apparent during World War Two, as he was drafted into the Air Force. After the conflict was over, Lamborghini started converting surplus military equipment into farm implements, and by 1948 his business was officially created. Six years later, Lamborghini broke once and for all from its original source of army parts and started building its own engines.

Though the fortune he earned allowed him to venture in many different businesses, including building air-conditioning units and helicopters, Ferruccio Lamborghini made himself famous for his GTs. Legend has it that the industrialist decided to build his first car after a heated discussion with Enzo Ferrari, to whom he was reproaching the weakness of his 250 GT’s gearbox. The 350 GT, the very first Lamborghini production automobile, was introduced at Geneva during the spring of 1964. This new activity concentrated much attention from its founder, who somewhat lost interest in the tractor branch of his company. This and the loss of a crucial contract brought Ferruccio Lamborghini to stop his involvement in agricultural machinery, selling these activities to another Italian company, Same, in 1971. Two years later, Lamborghini also ceded his automobile company, going into retirement as a gentleman farmer on the large vineyard he had purchased. He enjoyed life there for two more decades.

About the model

Model: Lamborghini DL30C
Year: 1957
Maker: Universal Hobbies
Scale: 1/43
Distributed by: Hachette, no.50 of its Tracteurs et Monde Agricole press series
Acquired: brand new, in December 2008, in Souillac, France

A nice little crawler tractor – I don’t have much detail about this particular one, but I’m certainly glad to have on my shelf this ancestor of the Countach and the Reventón. Many tiny parts are fitted, and though they perhaps look a little too much plastic-like, this model is rather nice overall. My rating is 13/20.






interdomin said...

Your blog is very good. Greets from Salamanca (Spain).

lorenzo721 said...

Thanks a lot interdomin, and greetings back to you from Manila. :) It's a great blog you have yourself.