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Jay Leno Shows Us A Different Kind Of Vintage Lamborghini: Video


If you know your Italian sports car history, you probably know that Lamborghini built farm tractors long before a falling out between Feruccio Lamborghini and Enzo Ferrari led to the creation of Lamborghini’s automobile business.

In fact, Lamborghini’s tractor business began to take off in the years following the Second World War. With farm equipment scarce, Lamborghini began to assemble tractors from military surplus vehicles, before moving on to create components (and later, vehicles) in house.

As Leno explains, the tractor business made Feruccio Lamborghini a millionaire, though his determination to surpass Ferrari in sports cars probably cost him much of his net worth. While a 1969 Lamborghini R485 tractor may not be quite as desirable as a 1969 Miura, it still has an undeniable appeal.

Perhaps it’s the 5.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine, rated at 85 horsepower and 350 pound-feet or torque, or a 12-speed transmission geared low enough to pull the earth of its axis. Maybe it’s the staggering 8,000 pound weight, or the fact that less than 20 were ever sold in the United States.

Whatever the reason, we can completely understand Bill Scott’s attraction to this particular Lamborghini. It may not be as fun to drive to Cars and Coffee as a Countach or Miura, but you’re not going to till your backyard with either one of those.
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