1979 Lamborghini Countach Is The Definition Of An Icon

Back in 1971, Lamborghini introduced a prototype of the Countach at the Geneva Motor Show, previewing the production model that hit the assembly line three years later.

Coming with an extravagant design that was penned by Marcello Gandini from Bertone, the Countach replaced the iconic Miura and remained in production until 1990.

By then, more than 2,000 examples were made, including this particular LP400 S Series 1, which came out in 1979 and was sold a Dusseldorf, Germany dealership. When it was brand new, it featured a Blue Acapulco exterior over brown leather and gold Bravo wheels, but in the early 1990s it was repainted black.

In 1984, this Countach was imported to the United States, where it remains up to date. However, since it had to be kept in perfect running condition, a series of repairs saw the drivetrain removed on a couple of occasions, during which the 3,929 cc V12, which pushed 375 HP when it was new, was rebuilt and work was carried around the radiator fans, suspension, exhaust, clutch disk, fuel pumps and fuel lines. The classic Countach had all of its hoses replaced, too, and some small cracks in the tube frame brackets were repaired.

Its current owner has had it for the past 22 years and states that it is incredible to drive on fast mountain roads, adding that it is “rust and accident free”. It also comes with records and photos that document all of the work carried out, including the import certificates from 1984 as well as the original engine manual and owner’s manual.

The 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Series 1 will hit the auction block at RMSothebys Phonix even, on January 19-20, 2017, at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance.

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  • Six_Tymes

    so awesome. I still have a 20 year old poster of a Countach hanging right in front of me.

    • Ary Wisesa

      Yes it is awesome. When I was around 10 years old, I saw a big poster of an astonishing white car. The picture was taken from very low front angle, showing its lights (I though it’s the headlight, only later I knew it was actually the turn lights, LOL) and of course with its scissor door open in all its glory. It looked like a space ship, very different from cars I saw regularly. I didn’t know what it is, but I always remember its bold presence (and its door, hahaha..) Only years later I saw it again on TV show (Miami Vice) and it was clearly very handsome car. Later on, I found the other picture of that car in a magazine, and then I knew its name: Lamborghini Countach.

      Until now, it is still one of the very best car design in my mind. A true icon.

  • Dbb1025

    Perfect definition of a turd. Massive POS

  • James

    “Anyone who finds this car ugly and repulsive should have one’s eyes gouge out and run over by the car.”
    Ferruccio Lamborghini, 1971

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