1961 LAMBORGHINI 2241 R

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1961 LAMBORGHINI 2241 R

Background

After serving as a mechanic in the Regia Aeronautica during WW2, Ferruccio Lamborghini set up a small car and motorcycle repair shop near Modena before branching out into the manufacture of tractors using surplus military hardware and, initially, Morris engines.

By the mid-1950s Lamborghini Trattori SpA had become one of the largest agricultural equipment manufacturers in Italy, a gratifying state of affairs that no doubt prompted Lamborghini's declaration, “A tractor a day keeps the misery away!”

Built between 1960 and 1962 with only approximately 731 produced, the Lamborghini 2441 R was powered by a 1½-litre twin-cylinder air-cooled diesel engine producing 24 horsepower. It drove via a four-speed manual transmission with alternative high/low final-drive ratios.

Flush with cash from his success in tractors and water heating systems, and following an argument with Enzo Ferrari about a faulty clutch in his 250GT, Lamborghini decided to start building his own luxury cars in 1963.

Lamborghini Trattori is still in business and building tractors today.

Even the well-known Cotswold ‘farmer’ Jeremy Clarkson has one.

The Vehicle

Built well before the foundation of Automobili Lamborghini SpA in 1963, this 2241 R tractor represents the heritage and origins of Ferruccio Lamborghini's automotive empire.

This immaculate restoration is being sold by non-other than Mr Ermes Formilan, who is widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority and restorer tractors of this marque & this 2241 R is part of his personal collection. His business is the only one certified by the Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini to complete restoration work and his business partner is also Ferrucio’s son, Tonino Lamborghini. It really doesn’t get more authentic than that!

Not only does this machine quite splendid in its orange and blue livery, it also works.

This isn’t our first 2241 R, so we hopped-on and took it for spin around sunny, where its visual and aural presence turned heads, quickened pulses and startled at least two small dogs.

We learned that it handles considerably better than some classic sports cars we’ve encountered; that it has brakes, but not in the modern sense of the word; that it starts on the button; and that it’s wise to knock the revs off a bit before engaging the clutch if you’d rather not be thrown off the back and into the nearest hedge.

On the Outside

This striking looking machine is finished in Lamborghini’s original signature blue and orange tractor livery, the 2241 R was the first model to be produced in this iconic colour scheme we all know & love.

The paintwork is in mostly very good condition but is a little rough to the touch in places, like around the edge of the edges of the wheel arches.

There are no dinks or dents to speak of on the bodywork (although, frankly, we’re not sure how you could put a dink or a dent in this).

The badging and decals are in ‘as new’ condition.

On the Inside

Eagle-eyed observers will have noticed that this vehicle doesn’t really have an inside.

That said, the dials on the ‘dashboard’ are authentic and in excellent condition, and the interior of the small, Lamborghini branded box (perhaps there to house a spanner, perhaps to accommodate farmer Luigi’s lunchtime panini and half bottle of chianti) is in fine fettle.

The sprung seat is surprisingly comfortable.

It’s also very springy, as our driver noted with interest when going over a speed bump and suddenly finding himself launched several feet into the air.

As far as we can tell, all switches, buttons, levers, toggles and dials do what they’re supposed to do. The lights and indicators work all round. The handbrake works.

Underneath

The undersides of the tractor appear to be relatively untroubled by time, mileage or the elements, it hasn't seen any useage since its thorough restoration to factory original specification using all of the original parts & not reproductions. Even the badge on the front of the tractor is original, these are now so hard to come by & this is a testament to the care & attention put into the restoration of this tractor.

Everything appears to be in its right and proper place.

The engine bay is clean and dry and looks entirely in order & as is should.

History Highlights

This tractor has its original ownership booklet, full of stamps up to September 1990.

We know it was made in Italy in 1961. We know it was immaculately restored in Italy by expert restorers Garage 961. We know it’s been in the UK since 2019, with one very highly regarded owner.

We know it was first registered on 26th April 1961.

Also included is Tonino Lamborghini’s book I Trattori autographed by the man himself.

There is no MoT (it is exempt) or V5C, though it shouldbe as simple as any other classic car to register (if that's what you wish to do).

What We Think

This 1961 Lamborghini 2241 R tractor has to be one of, if not THE, best example available. And it certainly starts, handles and drives very well indeed (once you’ve got the hang of it).

Yes, it’s a little agricultural in some regards. But it’s meant to be. It’s a tractor.

In short, it’s a joy to look at and drive, it has charm in abundance and, last but by no means least, it’s a Lamborghini.

We think it would be ideal for someone who loves the Raging Bull marque but can’t quite stretch to a Miura, Countach or Huracán.

Or someone who already has a Miura, Countach or Huracán in the garage and fancies something with a matching logo for mowing the lawn.

Or someone who just wants to park it up outside the George & Dragon and watch the smiles appear on the faces of passers-by.

We like it a great deal.

We really do.

We’re confident that this magnificent vehicle will fetch somewhere between £15,000 and £20,000.

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If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage options plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping.  

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ermes

  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 10
  • Chassis Number: 4857
  • Engine: 1462
  • Gearbox: manual
  • Steering position: LHD
  • Colour: Orange/Blue
  • Interior: Orange
  • Estimated Price: £15,000 - £20,000

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