Lamborghini Countach 1974–1990

The poster boy for the 1970s supercar boom, this rare and exotic road machine was first revealed as a prototype in the spring of 1971. The 25th Anniversary edition, to celebrate Lamborghini’s dawn in 1962, was fundamentally the same car, but by 1988 it possessed a near-mythical reputation for mid-engined style and excitement.

Lamborghini Countach 1974-90
Lamborghini Countach 1974-90

The word countachcomes from the dialect of the Piedmont region in northern Italy; it is an expression of approval of a beautiful woman from admiring men.

Logo Lamborghini
Logo Lamborghini
Founder’s star sign

Company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini named the Lamborghini Miura after renowned Spanish bullfighter Antonio Miura. But the company emblem of a charging bull signified Ferruccio’s own star sign, Taurus. He sold his car-making firm in 1971, three years before the Countach went on sale.

AFTER SEVERAL mid-engined supercar prototypes had stunned visitors at late 1960s motor shows, Lamborghini and design house Bertone were determined to be first to put such a car in customers’ hands. Lamborghini’s engineers were tasked with designing the tubular spaceframe chassis for “Project 112.” Into this, the V12 power plant earlier seen in the Lamborghini Miura was installed, behind the two seats but ahead of the rear wheels.

ModelLamborghini Countach, 1974-1990
AssemblySantAgata Bolognese, Italy
Production2.042 (incl 650 Anniversary cars)
ConstructionSpaceframe chassis, aluminium panels
Engine3.929-5.167 cc, V12
Power output448 bhp (5,2l) at 7000 rpm
TransmissionFive-speed manual
SuspensionAll-independent coil
BrakesAll-round discs
Maximum speed183 mph (295 km/h) (5,2l)
Specifications Lamborghini Countach 1974–1990

The engine was longitudinally positioned, with the five-speed gearbox in front, and the driveshaft ran back through the oil sump to the rear differential. Bertone’s star designer Marcello Gandini created the aggressive wedge-shaped design, and the car was manufactured with aircraft-grade aluminum. The prototype was called the LP500, and the first production car arrived in 1974 as the Countach LP400 with a 3,929 cc engine.

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