Lamborghini Countach LP400
The Lamborghini Countach LP400 is a classic car manufactured between 1974 and 1978. Only 150 of these cars were produced in total.
In 2008, Gooding & Co. sold a 1977 Lamborghini LP400 Countach for $396,000.
RM Auctions offered a 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 in 2009, at its 'Sports & Classics' auction in Monterey. The car realise $315,000.
Having fulfilled the original goal of creating a car to rival Ferrari with the Miura, Ferruccio Lamborghini’s next dream was to create an all-time great supercar. He felt that the car should be unbounded by any existing rules, should be so outstanding that no word could describe its excellence. Therefore he named this car "Countach". Although this word had no official meaning, it is derived from the Peidmontese dialect expression, which is the verbal equivalent to a wolf-whistle.
The Countach was developed under the leadership of chief engineer Paolo Stanzani, although some technical background came from Miura, which was penned by Giampaolo Dallara (the famous chassis expert for Formula 3). From the beginning, Stanzani chose the most advanced and expensive technology available including a mid-engined V12 engine with 4 camshafts, space frame chassis, aluminium body.
The so-called "Countach LP500" prototype was unveiled in the Geneva Motor Show, 1971. When Lamborghini showed the car again in the 1973 Geneva show, it was much closer to production. The following year's Geneva show displayed a real production Countach, now called LP400 because its adopted V12 displaced roughly 4 litres instead of the originally proposed 5 litres. The bigger engine was discarded because of technical difficulties.
In April 1974, the first Countach was delivered to a customer in Milan. Today this first production model of the Countach is considered to be the most valuable, these cars were actually among the fastest Countach ever, and even the QV that was introduced during the Eighties had trouble keeping up with a finely tuned LP400 model. In 1978 the Countach LP400 was updated and became the Countach LP400S which remained in production until the LP500 arrived in 1982.
Design and Construction
The Lamborghini Countach’s wedge shaped look has inspired many other modern and classic sports cars. The ‘cabin-forward’ design concept, which pushes the passenger compartment forward in order to accommodate a larger engine was also popularised by the Lamborghini Countach. Like its predecessor, the Miura, the Countach also blended a quad-cam V12 engine with futuristic styling incorporating its own unique doors, similar to those of the Jaguar E-type 3.8 Roadster, but opened vertically.