A celebration of the Lamborghini Countach on the Pebble Seaside Concours d’Magnificence (CA, USA). A particular Countach class and the presentation of the model new Countach LPI 800-4 — a really particular approach to have a good time 50 years of one in all Lamborghini’s most iconic fashions
- by Automobilnews.eu
“The Countach redefined the high-performance automotive sector and it has develop into an iconic illustration of the model options that, nonetheless immediately, information the creation of latest Lamborghinis. The Pebble Seaside Concours is the right setting to have a good time the fiftieth anniversary of this legendary automotive,” stated Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, who, just some hours earlier, had unveiled the brand-new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, a automotive immediately impressed by the 1971 Countach LP 500.
“We’re delighted to have attracted such a wealthy Countach class,” added Sandra Button, Chairman of the Pebble Seaside Concours d’Magnificence. “These automobiles performed a key function in defining the stylistic and technical ideas of recent sports activities automobiles. It’s actually onerous to imagine that the Countach’s traces, that are nonetheless so leading edge, date again 50 years!”
The Countachs current at Pebble Seaside included the oldest surviving specimen, an LP 400 (chassis #1120001). The second prototype constructed and the primary instance of the LP 400 sequence, that is the automotive that — initially sporting purple over black interiors — was unveiled on the Geneva Motor Present in March 1973. After being utilized in mannequin improvement assessments and featured in varied magazines of the time, it was repainted in its present shade of Verde Medio (medium inexperienced) and fitted with Verde Chiaro (gentle inexperienced) interiors earlier than being proven, nonetheless in 1973, on the Paris Motor Present, the IAA in Frankfurt, and the Earls Courtroom London Present. Offered shortly afterwards, it ended up deserted in a barn in Switzerland for a number of years, earlier than being discovered and bought by Automobili Lamborghini in 2004. Ever since, it has been exhibited on the Lamborghini Museum of Applied sciences (MUDETEC) in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
As talked about, it was accompanied to Pebble Seaside by the final Countach manufactured, an instance of the twenty fifth Anniversary mannequin (chassis #KLA12085), which rolled off the manufacturing line on 4th July, 1990. Additionally coming from the MUDETEC, this automotive, in metallic silver with grey leather-based interiors, has by no means been bought and at all times been the property of Automobili Lamborghini.
Six Countachs owned by non-public collectors had been entered within the Pebble Seaside Concours: three LP 400s (two from 1976 and one from 1977), one LP 400 S (1981), and two examples of the LP 5000 Quattrovalvole sequence, one in-built 1985 and the opposite in 1986.
First in Class went to the 1981 Countach LP 400 S (chassis #1121316) owned by Robert Bishop (FL, USA), a automotive representing the 82-strong third sequence. Initially bought within the Center East, within the uncommon shade scheme of metallic inexperienced (Verde Metallizzato) over khaki (Kaki) interiors, it remained unregistered till, some years later, it was bought to a Swedish fanatic. After being rigorously restored in Italy, the place it was additionally exhibited on the MUDETEC in Sant’Agata Bolognese, it now lives within the USA and is repeatedly pushed. Second place was taken by the 1976 Countach LP 400 “Periscopio” (chassis #1120192), at present owned by Mouse Motor (IL, USA); this automotive, one of many solely 152 “Periscopio” items ever produced, continues to be in fully unique situation, sporting its very first yellow paint. Offered new in Italy in August 1976, it was instantly exported to the USA, the place it was bought by a Chicago fanatic who used it little or no. It’s rumored that this primary proprietor, treating it as a splendid murals, saved it in his front room for 14 years, earlier than promoting it again to the seller from which he had bought it, and that the latter exhibited it, static, for an additional 14 years. Nevertheless, from 2003, the automotive’s life modified as its subsequent two homeowners bought it working once more, to be used on particular events. Lastly, the “bronze medal” went to the 1985 Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole (chassis #ZA95005AOFLA12820) in Seville Purple (Rosso Siviglia) with Champagne interiors and a darkish brown (Marrone Testa di Moro) dashboard, at present owned by American collector Jeffrey Ajiuni (MD, USA). After rolling off the manufacturing line on thirtieth Could, 1985, this automotive remained for a few years in Italy, with a single proprietor, who at all times had it serviced by the producer. Lastly, in 2019, it was imported into the USA by Ajiuni, an equally passionate proprietor. At Pebble Seaside it was proven contemporary from a cautious restoration, meticulous right down to the smallest particulars.
The realm of the Pebble Seaside Concours d’Magnificence given over to modern prototypes supplied the stage for the general public debut of the brand new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, 814 Hp, 12-cylinder hybrid, outfitted with a supercapacitor. This prototype, of which 112 items are to be produced, has been specifically created to supply a contemporary tackle the improvements launched by the Countach 50 years in the past.
Additionally participating within the Concours d’Magnificence, as Honorary Judges, had been Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, and Mitja Borkert, Director of Centro Stile Lamborghini since 2016. “For Automobili Lamborghini, the particular spotlight of this 12 months’s Monterey Automobile week was the disclosing of the Countach LPI 800-4 at The Quail,” stated Stephan Winkelmann. “At Pebble Seaside, the particular class celebrating the Countach’s fiftieth anniversary was a fantastic honor. It allowed me to see that automotive fans are filled with vitality, champing on the bit to get going once more, and to get again to normality as quickly as attainable. It additionally allowed me to see that, as at all times, our model generates loads of enthusiasm, and this is applicable each to new and traditional automobiles.”
Lamborghini Polo Storico
Opened in 2015, Lamborghini Polo Storico is the division of Automobili Lamborghini liable for preserving the heritage of the Sant’Agata Bolognese-based automotive maker. Restoration and certification of all Lamborghini automobiles produced as much as 2001 are solely a part of what it does. Certainly, it additionally manufactures spare elements for traditional Lamborghinis, introducing round 200 new codes annually, and preserves and manages the archive, actions that the Polo Storico sees as a method of supporting the preservation of all traditional Lamborghinis.