Ferruccio Lamborghini started building cars deciding that he could build better super sports cars than Enzo Ferrari. Setting himself a tough target, Ferruccio adopted a rampant bull logo, assembled a dream team of engineers and designers, notably Giotto Bizzarini, who created the V12 engine, and Giampaolo Dallara, who sorted out the chassis. He then launched the V12 350GT in 1964 after previewing it with the GTV prototype the previous year.
But what really made the company was the mid-engined Miura three years later. Its subsequent run of over-the-top supercars directly leads back to this car, and although Lamborghini's had some tough times - via a Swiss syndicate in 1972; bankruptcy in 1977; then the Mimrams; then Chrysler in 1987; and finally to Audi in 1998. It's been a rocky road, but Lamborghini goes from strength to strength today, still doing what it does best - building extreme supercars.