A real Lamborghini that is all ready for farm chores

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The Lamborghini tractor looks to be in original, unrestored condition

Just when you thought you’d never be able to afford a Lamborghini, here’s an under-six-figure single seater with a practical purpose.  And while it might not pull envious glances from the exotic car crowd, it could pull a mower or plow across your acreage.

The Pick of the Day is a 1964 Lamborghini 2R tractor from right around the time that Ferruccio Lamborghini produced his first sports car.  As the story goes, Lamborghini – who had become wealthy with his tractor business after the war – decided to celebrate his success by indulging in a new Ferrari. 

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The tractor proudly wears its Lamborghini badge

But the car was not up to his expectations in quality or performance, and when he complained to Enzo Ferrari, Il Commendatore rudely told him to shove it and go back to making tractors.  Lamborghini took that insult, turned it into a challenge, and in 1963 rolled out his own luxury sports car, the first of the brilliant production series that continues today.

But getting back to the tractor, this rural Lambo is one of the sturdy machines that built the early company, in apparently original condition with its factory 3-cylinder diesel, a far cry from the mighty V12 engines in Lamborghini sports cars.   This one is most certainly a stolid workhorse rather than a raging bull.

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This Lamborghini emphasizes torque over horsepower

While mileage is unknown, the rpm gauge shows 7,789 hours of use, according to the Seattle, Washington, dealer advertising the tractor on ClassicCars.com.  The tractor is “fully operational and runs great,” the dealer says, with a newer set of rear tires. 

The tractor looks properly patinaed in orange and blue and would make a nice piece of garage art for any Lambo collector, as well as an attention-getter at an Italian car show.  It comes with an original license plate from Bologna, Italy, Ferruccio’s birthplace. 

While it’s hard to assess the value of something like this, the dealer is asking $58,000. 

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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