Tractor magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini’s passion was for powerful grand-touring cars, rather than race-bred sports cars. However, in 1963, after confronting Enzo Ferrari with complaints about his Ferrari – only to be dismissed out of hand by ‘il Commendatore’ – he decided to build his own gran turismo – the 350 GTV. And so the rivalry began. Today, they both compete with many other marques in the heady world of high-performance automobiles. The sign of the bull has long been associated with the brand, because it symbolises aggressiveness, and Taurus being Ferruccio’s zodiac sign. Starting with the Miura, Lamborghini’s model names all have a link with bulls and bullfighting (the Countach being the exception). Here are the first ten that established the trend. Olé!
The Miura was named for a legendary breed of Spanish fighting bull. It looked like an airplane wing in profile, and behaved like one, too, especially at speed.
The Islero was named after a Miura bull that killed a famed matador. It’s a miracle this conservative GT didn’t murder Lambo.
Espada refers to the type of sword used by matadors and toreadors. Marcello Gandini’s four-seater sports car was beautiful to behold.
Another model to be named after a breed of fighting bull. Many said that was also the sound the driver exclaimed under hard acceleration.
Diablo was named after a ferocious bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century. That, and it also means ‘devil’. Fitting, as it runs like hell!
Allegedly after surviving 24 sword strokes, the Navarro fighting bull Murciélago was spared by the matador. How generous. A killer car.
Gallardo was one of five historic breeds of fighting bull from which the Miura derives its heritage.
Good synergy there.
Aventador is the name of a bull that was awarded a trophy for its outstanding courage. One needs courage to drive this 544 kW beast.