1975 Lamborghini Countach LP 400Coachwork by Bertone
Ask anyone born between the mid-1950s and early 1970s to name the supercar which made the greatest impression in their youth and the chances are they’ll reply “Countach”. Marcello Gandini’s masterpiece, the ultimate expression of wedge styling, broke cover at the 1971 Geneva Show in prototype form and made everything else on the road suddenly look outdated. Finally entering production in 1973, the Countach set the standard by which all other supercars were measured for a generation until, like a Vegas crooner in his sunset days, it finally bowed out in 1990 after countless updates to preserve the ‘wow’ factor of its youth. Yet no iteration of this iconic Italian supercar came close in terms of impact or road presence to the original which is why, today, the LP400 with its periscope roof tunnel, clean lines and sharp, dramatic edges is the 1970s supercar which serious collectors want.
This example, the 31st made, left the factory in March 1975 destined for Prince Al Mansour in Saudi Arabia, finished in Giallo Fly with tobacco leather upholstery. It was acquired there in the 1980s by the present Italian owner, an experienced classic car collector and restorer, who returned it to its home country. The decision was taken to undertake a complete rebuild which included engine, gearbox, differential, brakes, running gear and all ancillaries. In the interests of usability the cooling fans were upgraded to the later type (originals supplied) and the air conditioning system has also been made more efficient (as on the QV model), whilst the alternator and battery have been beefed up to cope with use in modern traffic. The yellow exterior finish has been preserved, complemented by black leather for the cockpit. The car has been featured extensively in Italian magazines and has covered 4,500km since restoration, but is now being sold due to lack of use. It will be serviced prior to sale and comes with Italian registration, ASI homologation and restoration file.
The original Countach is a landmark supercar. Every significant collection should have one; every enthusiast should experience one.