Tractor Tales

Ferrucio Lamborghini began his business by manufacturing tractors from scrap materials after World War 2. The business was a success and eventually he could realise his dream of owning a Ferrari – or so he thought. Enzo Ferrari was less than impressed with this upstart tractor-builder and turned-down Signor Lamborghini’s request for a car to be built.

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Credit: Bonhams/BNPS

That was like a red rag to a bull – Lamborghini’s insignia depicts a raging bull – and Ferrucio resolved to build a better sports car than Enzo. The rest is history, as they say, as Lamborghini went on to build some very fine cars, the name coming to the fore with the glorious Miura in the 1960’s. After various trials and tribulations the company came to be owned by Audi, manufacturing know-how and economies of scale meaning that the cars are now being built in much greater numbers – not necessarily a good thing, but that’s another story.

Now, it is fair to say that Lamborghini supercars outnumber the humble tractors that launched the legend so it should be no surprise that they too have become collectable. Indeed, one example has just passed through Bonham’s auction this week at The Grand Palais in Paris during the course of Retromobile, one of the most prestigious classic car shows. In the end, the DLA 35 model dating from 1957 and believed to be one of only 117 built, making it a rare model even in Lamborghini terms, was knocked down for just 14,950 euros, including buyers’ premium. Admittedly that was rather less than the guide price of £22,000 but will make an unusual addition to any collection.

Full details: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24103/lot/305/

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Credit: Bonhams/BNPS