Lamborghini has rebirthed an icon after over 25,000 hours of work.
The first Lamborghini Countach LP 500 was unveiled all the way back in 1971 at the Geneva Motor Show. Presented as the successor to the Miura, the Countach offered a drastically different design and would be the catalyst for a drastic change in the world of supercars. The very example of the Countach that was unveiled would then go on to sacrifice itself during crash tests and then disappear from the world in 1974.
With such prestige, a discerning customer approached Lamborghini with the idea of recreating the original Countach that has been lost to the world. In charge of the recreation was Polo Storico, the branch of Lamborghini that’s in charge of preserving the automaker’s history. They swiftly began collecting data, including photos, notes, drawings, and even meeting reports.
When work began on the car, they started with the platform chassis and then moved on to the bodywork. During the production phase, the team at Polo Storico used methods that respected the original methods when the original was created. For example, the sheet metal for the body was beaten down and then shaped by a “battilastra,” a traditional Italian way. As far as the mechanical components of this recreation, Lamborghini either used original spare parts, restored components or just completely rebuilt them.
The process for this 1971 Countach recreation was so in-depth that Polo Storico even worked with Pirelli to bring the original Cinturato CN12 tires back to life. Using images and documents from Fondazione Pirelli’s archives, they were able to recreate the original 245/60R14 front tires and 265/60R14 rear tires. The team was so accurate that they made sure the tread pattern is the exact same as the tires fitted on the original reveal Countach.
Last, but not least, Lamborghini used their archives to match the “Giallo Fly Speciale” paint perfectly.
If you’d like to see the magnificent 1971 Lamborghini Countach LP 500 recreation, it will be on display at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.