OldVintageCars.com Lamborghini Countach Sports Cars LP400, LP500S, LP Turbo S, QuattroValvole – Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio knows his way around car, and Lamborghini Countach was born. Produced from 1974 to 1990 in some different variants, they were all the definitive supercars of the 1990s. As far as supercar is concerned, the Countach is still as relevant today as the current models of Lamborghini.
When it was first unveiled, Lamborghini Countach shook the motoring industry with its unconventional wedge shape look and a cabin pushed further forward to accommodate a massive V12 engine mounted behind the front seats. Mid-mounted engine was a groundbreaking design for road cars then, and you can still see the same principle used in many modern supercars today. Marcello Gandini, when he designed the Countach, was still inexperienced in the practical aspect of automobile; if you combined that with an enormous engine capable of delivering 370 horsepower and wild imaginative toy-like styling, you’d get the right recipe for a supercar.
The car was a phenomenon in motoring industry. It was the car everyone wanted and could not afford, so they buy a poster of it instead and put in on their bedroom wall. When it was new, Lamborghini Countach price tag was worth around $78,000 of today’s money, it would make no financial sense to spend that kind of money on a toy, a car that’s difficult to drive, to turn, and to park. Purchasing a real toy would be much more pleasant. But when you took it to an open road, there was always going to be a good story about speed and excitement.
Just like every good car maker, some engineers in Italy decided that the first generation of Lamborghini Countach was not radical enough. So they made some changes to the car several times. Here is a simple summary of what you need to know:
1. LP400: the first of the breed was produced for 3 years until 1977. By the end of production span, Lamborghini made 158 of them.
2. LP400 S: engine was slightly downgraded that the second generation only produced 350 horsepower. It started rolling in 1978. More serious changes happened to the exterior for examples it had probably the fattest rear tires ever fitted to a production car at 345 millimeters and extended fiberglass wheel arch. Assuming all went well, there should be 237 Lamborghini Countach LP400S now.
3. LP500 S: the 1982 witnessed the birth of Lamborghini Countach LP500S. Because 350 horsepower was madness, Lamborghini increased it again to 375 horsepower. As a result, the car could take you from 0-60 mph in around five and half seconds.
4. LP Turbo S: certainly the engine was not big enough, so Lamborghini made a Turbo version of the Countach. They made two prototypes and one is known to exist. Don’t bother looking for it.
5. LP 500 QuattroValvole: also known as Super Countach powered with 455 Italian horsepower.
There is also the 25th Anniversary Edition which brought some refinements to the aerodynamics but with the same engine specification as the 500 QuattroValvole.
Driving a classic Lamborghini Countach these days would be nostalgic. The excitements are still there indeed, but what you expect the most should be the sense of being a dream poster car. It is expensive to buy one with everything in it runs as good as new, and the maintenance, as you probably imagine, will be uncompromising. Lamborghini Countach was and is still a poster car; don’t buy a poster car if you want to race it, but if you do buy one, treat it like a poster.