Francesco Cassani (1906-1973) and Eugenio Cassani (1909-1959) produce the world’s first tractor with diesel engine.
The Cassani brothers patent highly sophisticated, high-speed diesel engines for lorries.
A new area for applications opens up: revolver marine engines and opposed pistons. A prototype on an Este I speedboat wins the Duca di Genova cup in the Venice-Trieste-Venice race.
SPICA (Società Pompe a Iniezione Cassani) is founded, receiving an award from the National Research Council for the construction of “injection pumps for diesel land, marine and aviation engines”.
High-speed, eight-cylinder, revolver diesel engines for marine and aviation use are built in partnership with Odero-Terni-Orlando at La Spezia shipyards.
After years of experience designing advanced diesel engines and injection pumps, the Cassani brothers found SAME (Società Accomandita Motori Endotermici) in Treviglio (BG – Italy).
At the Milan Trade Show, the first SAME 3-wheel automatic mower is unveiled. The engine can be removed to become a small power unit.
The Universal Mini-Tractor, the 10 hp SAME 3R 10, comes into being, featuring a reversible seat. This wins the gold medal of the Academy of Agriculture, Turin, and is described by the newspaper “Il Giornale dell’agricoltura” on 24 October 1948 as a “gem of Italian industry”.
Production of the 10 hp SAME 4R 10 model, and 20 hp SAME 4R 20 model starts up, which is petroleum-fuelled, with reversible driving.
The SAME DA 25 is launched, the first four-wheel drive tractor with twin-cylinder 25 hp diesel engine. Mass production of four-wheel drive tractors, with original dual traction system, already conceived in 1928, begins.
The new SAME factory is inaugurated, a rectangular building looking out onto the Padana Superiore road linking Milan to Venice. The factory has 80,000 square metres of covered warehousing and a workshop 250 metres long.
SAME’s first, original automatic control unit (SAC) is developed, with control of the draft on the lower arms – a system that will later be applied to the 240, 360 and 480 “smart tractor” models.
This is the year of the PULEDRO, and the SAMECAR – the tractor that works the land and transports products. A new range of 6- and 8-cylinder engines is also developed.
The 60 hp CENTAURO is launched, the forerunner of the LEONE and MINITAURO. These models are decisive in increasing agricultural mechanisation and making a name for SAME, the world over.
The DRAGO 80 CV with the “L” series in-line 6-cylinder engine comes off the production line.
Negotiations begin to acquire Lamborghini Trattori, and are finalised with the merger in 1973.
Innovation in engines continues; the PANTHER tractor is developed with a 5-cylinder engine and injection pumps embedded in the cylinder block, which become a characteristic feature of all future production.
The TIGER 100 with original SAME cab and wet disk brakes is hailed as the best tractor in Europe.
With BUFFALO, SAME enters high-power segment.
The SAME Lamborghini Group acquires the Swiss brand Hürlimann Traktoren and officially becomes SAME+LAMBORGHINI+HÜRLIMANN (SLH), the second manufacturer of tractors in Italy, and one of the top producers worldwide.
Individual models are no longer designed, and instead the new LASER and EXPLORER families are launched, with a focus, for the first time ever, on styling.
The quality of SAME engines improves considerably, and the entire 1000 series, designed with considerable attention to component modularity, can also have electronic injection control.
With the TITAN models, the high-power Electronic PowerShift transmission is launched.
Launch of FRUTTETO II, a range dedicated to specialist tractors, used in orchards and vineyards.
Research into the most fully comprehensive range leads to the design of “mini-tractors” a series of mini-power models for use in greenhouses, vineyards, orchards and for gardening too.
The Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz agricultural machinery division is acquired, and the SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Group is established.
Introduction of electronics and evolution of Powershift and CVT transmissions.
The Company celebrates its one millionth tractor: the Fruttetoᶟ S 90.3 Hi-Steer.
Launch of the VIRTUS range.