Enzo, the thug?
Posted 06 September 2001 - 11:07
I figured this was the place to ask if this story have any semblance of truth or if it is pure fabrication.
Posted 06 September 2001 - 12:43
Posted 07 September 2001 - 08:22
It's a forum at a swedish news siteon general motoring. A self professed expert on cars in general made the above statement. He usually seem have his facts straight however the way he expresses them and his opinions are less than agreeable. I don't argue with people like that so I thought I'd ask here instead.
Posted 08 September 2001 - 14:36
This is supposed to have happened in a last ditch attemt to stop the a series production of the Miura. Supposedly Enzo saw the Miura as a serious threat to his own company and tried anyhting to to stop it.
Posted 08 September 2001 - 17:54
However, the "accepted" version of the Lamborghini legend says that Ferruccio, a proud tractor and air-conditioner manufacturer and a perfectionist with mechanical knowledge and something of a penny-pincher in a bad day, just couldn't live with paying a fortune for a Ferrari road car and putting up with a temperamental gearbox; so being who he was, he thought he could just show up at Ferrari's door and demand his gearbox to be fixed while giving a few suggestions to the old man on ways how he could improve them...
Not clear if Enzo ever met him, but the legend says he did and said something along the lines of
"Please let the people who know how to make cars keep making them and you go make your little tractors"
And Ferruccio blew through the roof, vowing to set up a factory and teaching Ferrari a lesson on how to make a proper road car.
Now, according to a friend who has been to Italy and is engaged to an Italian, the whole thing is very much in the spirit of the italian character. That is, passionate, over-the-top, overdramatized, exaggerated reactions over simple things. "Explosions of emotion" are his words, and that it can get scary sometimes.
It's all probably exaggerated, but as a legend, sounds good!