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The launch of the new Lamborghini 350GTV with body by Franco Scaglione at the Lamborghini Factory, Sant'Agata, October 1963.
The launch of the new Lamborghini 350GTV with body by Franco Scaglione at the Lamborghini Factory, Sant'Agata, October 1963.Klemantaski Collection—Getty Images
The launch of the new Lamborghini 350GTV with body by Franco Scaglione at the Lamborghini Factory, Sant'Agata, October 1963.
Mechanics building up the prototype P400 Miura at the Lamborghini Factory in Sant'Agata, October 1965.
Lamborghini 400GT 2+2, with four separate headlamps, is introduced to the Press alongside the prior 350GT model, which had followed the 350GTV. 1966.
The special Lamborghini P538 sports car designed by Bizzarrini. 1966.
A Lamborghini Miura P400 sports car, circa 1967. The car was designed by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio, and launched in 1966.
The Lamborghini Marzal, a one-off prototype concept car, designed by by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio, at a preview of the London Motor Show at Earl's Court, Oct. 17, 1967.
Lamborghini P250 Urraco 2+2 V8 sports car styled by Bertone and priced at £5500 in 1972.
The Lamborghini LP500, first prototype of the Countach sports car, designed by by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio, circa 1972.
The launch of the new Lamborghini 350GTV with body by Franco Scaglione at the Lamborghini Factory, Sant'Agata, October 1
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See Vintage Photos of Early Lamborghinis

Apr 28, 2016

When Ferruccio Lamborghini was born 100 years ago—on April 28, 1916it was into a life where sports cars, then a young concept, were out of reach. The son of a farmer, Lamborghini called on his family background after World War II to launch a business turning leftover military vehicle parts into affordable tractors.

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The business proved a success, enabling Lamborghini to start other ventures in the decade that followed. By the early 1960s, he could afford the car of his dreams—all that was left was building it. By 1963, he had succeeded at that too. In the half-century that followed, Lamborghinis would become some of the most recognizable sports cars in the world.

As these early images show, that distinctive look didn't take long to develop.

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