After a long time coming up with the idea, Lamborghini has brought back to life the original Countach. This is the LP 500 prototype that debuted in March 1971 at the Geneva Motor Show. To celebrate the iconic supercar’s 50th anniversary, the automaker has not only created a modern-day equivalent with the Aventador-based LPI 800-4, but also a beautiful reenactment of the first Countach prototype.
Regarding working time, the company’s in-house restoration workshop needed more than 25,000 hours to complete the recreation “on behalf of an confidential collector.” The mysterious buyer spoke to Lamborghini in 2017 to ask them whether it would be possible to restore the first Countach prototype. To do this, genuine spare parts were used, along with used components. In addition, some parts that had to be completely rebuilt.
The recreation uses replicas of the Cinturato CN12 tires the Geneva showcar had half a century ago after using the Italian tire manufacturer’s archives with photos and materials of the 1971 car. The car’s rubber measures 245/60R14 for the front and 265/60R14 for the rear and comes from the Pirelli Collezione range, a line of tires for classic cars built between 1930 and 2000. The tires are new and utilize a modern structure and compound, but they have the same tread pattern used back in the 1970s.
Regarding the car’s colors, Lamborghini Polo Storico’s archives allowed the team to identify the exact shame shade used in 1971 – “Giallo Fly Speciale.” To recreate the size of the body, a 3D scan of the LP 400 (chassis 001) was done, and it took 2,000 hours of work to complete the unmistakable lines of the Countach.
Regarding the price, the automaker did not disclose details. but sure the collector had to pay a lot more compared to the modern-day Countach and it was priced at $2.64M.