Stepping away from the trendy and arcane, the next guest in Jay Leno's Garage is a 1968-69 Lamborghini R485 tractor. In case there's anyone who doesn't know, the same Ferruccio Lamborghini ultimately responsible for giving us the Aventador started off making tractors in his native Italy after World War II.

The specs are a long way from anything we'd expect from the company's road-going products. The vineyard and orchard tractor has a 5.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 85 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque, a two-foot clutch and 12 forward gears that get it from 0.3 miles per hour to 14 mph. It's also got a starter motor from a Countach.

There's a whole lot more interesting info on the farm implement, the man who built it and the man who currently owns it in the episode below.



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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Spotted a modern Lamborghini tractor model in Florence, Italy two years ago. I probably was the only tourist there taking pictures of a freakin' tractor. That must've looked silly to others lol.
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The story about how Lamborghini started making cars is an interesting one. Wish I had the resources to tell BMW they are doing it wrong and produce my own car to compete. Unfortunately, it might only be as good as the "Homer".
      S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you pull up to the club in one of these...do you think they'd park it out front?
      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never though it'd weigh that much. 8000 pounds, that's a lot ª––ª
      montegod7ss
      • 2 Years Ago
      An 85hp naturally aspirated diesel is almost unheard of in tractors. That is a very nice piece of equipment, and obviously built to last with it weighing 50% more than a comparable domestic tractor. Would LOVE to have one of those in not so nice of condition for working around my property.
        Andy Smith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @montegod7ss
        You're right, it's a great piece of kit! I worked on these as an Ag. mechanic in the '60's and '70's in the UK at a Massey Ferguson dealership. The equivalent MF, (the 185), weighed about 6,500lbs before adding weights and had comparable hp. Deutz also made an air-cooled diesel tractor. This and other older tractors are becoming quite collectible and increasing in value.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ring time?
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ferruccio Lamborghini was surprised to find out that his Ferrari 250GT used the same clutch that his tractor used. He then challenged Ferrari to make a proper car where the materials matched their expensive price. When Enzo Ferrari dismissed Ferruccio Lamborghini as a tractor producer that knew nothing about sports cars, Lamborghini set out to build a car better than a Ferrari...and eventually he did just that. The early Lamborghinis were amazing super cars build specifically for road use that could outdo just about anything else...unfortunately I think that their style and innovation have stalled under the ownership of the VW group lately.
        CSM101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        It is'nt correct: the ferrary 250GT wasn't using at all anything sourced from lamborghini. the story is different: Ferruccio Lamborghini did OWN a ferrari 250GT whose clutch was continuosly wearing out and needed continuous substitutions. One day he asked his engeneers to adapt one of the clutches he used on his tractors to be installed on the ferrari, and the ferrari turned into a reliable car. So he went to Enzo Ferrari and proposed a collaboration: he offered his clutches to be installed in production ferraris. Enzo ferrari made laugh of him telling him "you know nothing about race cars, go on with your tractors". He was so offended that he decided to make his engeneers work on a sport car and show Ferrari how a tractor producer would be able to do ferrari's job in a better way. I actually heard this story being told by a Lamborghini's son, when interviewed in a docu-film about Lamborghinis.
      roberts440sixpac
      • 2 Years Ago
      never thought I would ever say , I like the Mustang, I do alot, but, I'll always be a Camero man
        k.naz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @roberts440sixpac
        1) Proper use of punctuation please. 2) Camaro not "Camero". 3) Your post is completely unrelated to this article.
      Erica Boulder-Wanker
      • 2 Years Ago
      A positive note. Jay is consistent in every episode of his childish garage films. He is a master douchebag in every episode. :-)
      c2100
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sat in the drivers seat of a newer model in Portugal recently http://flic.kr/p/dAK9G3
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