For a company that has manufactured so few cars in its 51-year history, the Lamborghini back catalogue is surprisingly diverse.
At the recent unveiling of the Huracán at the company’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, bosses revealed that between 1963 and 2002 the company made just 10,000 cars, an average of just 250 per year. Between 2003 and 2013, however, it made over 20,000 cars (of which 14,000 were Gallardos), an average of 1800 cars per year.
Last year Lamborghini sold 2121 cars, including 1000 of the increasingly popular Aventador and 1120 Gallardos – impressive for a car that was in its 10th year.
So, even though half of all the cars ever made by Lamborghini are Gallardos, the company museum – located at the factory – is stuffed full of fascinating models that chart the company history since 1963. Perhaps the most interesting are three wild concepts that were attempts at replacing the Diablo, when Lamborghini was struggling to stay in the game.
Ironically, it was approaching Audi in 1997 in search of a new drivetrain for a proposed ‘small’ Lamborghini that led to the company being taken over by Audi. It was a break that clearly saved the Italians from oblivion.