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At the 1973 Geneva Auto Show,
Lamborghini shocked the world again with its revolutionary
Only a prototype was shown. Today it is difficult to realize the impact that car
had on everybody at that time. Even now the car is a show stopper! The
car at the show was painted in a bright red and with a black suede interior. It
showed for the first time the by now, Lamborghini signature swing up doors. It
also displayed unique vertically mounted rear air intakes to go with its
powerful 3.93 Liter engine.
took the Lamborghini development team over two years to convert the
prototype into a salable car and get it right. Cooling problems were a
real challenge especially at high speed. This was a difficult time
for Lamborghini. Its tractor division a severe financial loss that
essentially bankrupted the company. In fact at the very time the first
LP400 Countach was shown on the 1974 Geneva Auto Show, Ferruccio
Lamborghini sold his company to a Swiss group of investors. The future
of Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini was not clear. There were a number
of uncertain years. In fact it was the Countach, this single spectacular
model that kept the company alive. The first production Countach left
the factory early in 1974. Approximately 150 LP400's were manufactured.
In 1978 the
Countach LP400S came out.
The car was an improvement on some of the issues that appeared in
the LP400. The car came with improved tires (Pirelli P7's) and
with the now famous telephone-dial wheels. The car was made a little
taller to take care of the numerous complaints people had about lack
of headroom. The engine was enlarged to 4.754L which put our 375 HP. Other less noticeable changes like an improved
suspension were also added. Approximately 230 LP400S's were
in 1982 the
Countach 500S came out.
It had a 4.75L engine and was fitted with a new electronic ignition
system. Total horsepower however did not really improve that
much remaining at about 375HP. Approximately 320 LP500S's were
In 1985 the
Countach LP500 QV was
delivered. This was really the original plan for the car.
Finally the engineers caught up with what the designers had planed
for the car all along. QV stands for "Quatro Valve" or 4
valves per cylinder. The engine was further enlarged (5.17L), and
deliver between 450 - 460 HP depending on tuning. Approximately 600
LP500 QV's were manufactured.
In 1988 the final version of the now
in the tooth" Countach was put on the market. It was called the
Countach 25th Anniversary model or the "Anniversary model".
The bodywork was modified to include enlarged engine air intakes and
the side skirts were further exaggerated. Engine power (still
4.17L), remained around 455 HP. Approximately 657 Anniversary
models were manufactured