LAMBORGHINI 5C CINGOLATO
Year of manufacture 1960 Recorded mileage 5280 hours Asking price £25,995 Vendor European Classic Cars, Wiltshire; tel: 01672 512879/07813 394167; www.europeanclassiccars.co.uk WHEN IT WAS NEW Price n/a Max power 39hp Max torque n/a 0-60mph n/a
Top speed 11kph/7mph in 6th (no figures for 7th or 8th) Mpg n/a
ECC has imported a few restored ’60s Lamborghini tractors, but this is its first crawler. This is a TL, the wider-tracked version. It had three owners in the Padua area, and was restored about three years ago. There are new grease nipples all over it, and what’s most remarkable is that it is complete in every detail down to the tool/sandwich box on the right mudguard. Even the air intake stack (which you have to remove to open the bonnet) is undamaged. Apparently, they get put down on the right track and then driven over.
The Lamborghini Trattori orange is even, the seat covering is new, and even the brass screws on the seat-back and dashboard line up. As well as the repro graphics on the bonnet sides, the original (and unrestored) nose badge remains, as do all the aluminium control knobs, and the Lamborghini-branded fuel-filler cap. The lights, on spring-loaded mounts at the rear, look correct, and all work.
The motor was apparently rebuilt, with cleanish oil showing on the remarkably well-sealed dipstick. The tracks look in good fettle, though they lack any form of rubber pads that would make it kinder to Tarmac. There’s just a little rust creeping out from between the spring leaves and, if we must nitpick, a very slight weep from the PTO (Power Take Off) shaft seal at the back.
Push in on the ignition key just like a Lamborghini road car, then the button, and the 2190cc diesel triple starts easily, though it smokes a bit. It’s simple if not instinctive to operate, with hand throttle and clutch, and steering and stopping by a combination of hand levers and foot pedals on each side. The brakes (one massive drum on each side) have plenty of bite, suggesting they were rebuilt, too, and it’ll turn almost in its own length. We didn’t shift gears on the move because it’ll pull away in any of its eight forward ratios – a four-speed ’box with a high-low transfer case. The rev counter and hour meter work, and oil pressure is a slap-in-the-middle-of-the-gauge 25psi.
Retaining its Padua numberplate, plus original Italian registration documents, its NOVA certification is done ready for registration in the UK.
Straight and repainted
New seat cover; rev counter works
It is fully operational; brakes have plenty of bite
For You’ll have the only one; opportunity for the ‘could you fetch my Lamborghini’ gags
Against Impolite to use on the road
SHOULD I BUY IT?
If you have got the space to play it’s the ultimate toy, at around twice the price of a restored Lambo 1R tractor