The Lamborghini DL25
By now, even casual automotive enthusiasts are familiar with the story of how Ferruccio Lamborghini got involved in the car business in the 1960s. But for those who need a refresher, the tale tells us that Mr. Lamborghini had a bit of a spat with Enzo Ferrari that started with the former complaining about the quality of sports car the latter had provided. In response, Enzo arrogantly brushed Ferruccio aside telling him to stick to making tractors and leave sports cars to the experts… or something to that effect. Of course, this did not sit well with a fellow fiery Italian and Mr. Lamborghini set off to build a sports car that would beat Ferrari at his own game. Exactly how much of that is true we’ll never know for sure, but Lamborghini certainly did get Ferrari’s attention with cars like the exquisitely built 400GT and the jaw dropping Miura.
Details of Mr. Lamborghini's tractor production are usually just a side note to the stories surrounding the 400 GT, Miura, Countach, etc. He was, in fact, a very successful industrialist and the tractors that bear his name are still in production today.
Lamborghini was founded in 1948 and were well-known for production of not just tractors, but also of military and industrial engines. Lamborghini Trattori grew quickly, developing many specialized models and becoming one of the largest agricultural manufacturers in Italy. While separate from automotive operations, the tractor business has been steadily successful and still produces specialized equipment for orchards, vineyards and other specialist farms around the world.
Due to the fact that Lamborghini never officially imported their tractors into the US, it is a very rare opportunity to find one of these charming agricultural cousins of the Miuras and Countachs.
Over the past couple of years these tractors have become very sought after amongst collectors and the most recent auction sale is proof of this.
Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction 19 Aug 2016
sold for £82,344
This example has benefitted from a dedicated owner who restored the tractor to its current impressive condition. When taking into consideration that this is made for a more rural purpose, it is indeed a well-engineered machine with plenty of power and reliability. The two-cylinder Diesel engine has plenty of torque to do active duty in the field, but would also be great fun to drive around the property. The belt-driven PTO is designed to run various pieces of farming equipment and is reported to be well-functioning, should one want to explore on his own.
This little Lambo appears very correct and is finished in the traditional Lamborghini Trattori red on the bodywork, with a blue finish on the chassis and wheel hubs.
This tractor is surely pretty enough to show.
A cute and appropriate addition to any collection, this DL25 is a great way to remember the roots of Lamborghini before they became immortal with flamboyant supercar design.
This delightful 1955 Lamborghini DL 25 is equipped with a 2-cylinder diesel engine of Lamborghini’s own design that produces about 26 horsepower.
It was restored in the body and mechanically works well.
2,504cc OHV 2-Cylinder Diesel Engine
Bosch Diesel Injection
25hp at 1,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Hydraulic Rear Brakes