Automobili Lamborghini Polo Storico has revealed its amazing recreation of the first Lamborghini Countach – the 1971 LP 500 to the public at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este…
It was at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1971 when Automobili Lamborghini presented its glorious LP 500 Countach – the car immediately stole the show with every magazine, photographer, and automotive scribbler waxing lyrical about the Italian stunner.
Hailed as the model that was to replace the mighty Miura, both for its technology and design, the Countach LP 500 spent three years languishing in the depths of development and was subsequently sacrificed in crash tests around March 1974… then mysteriously disappeared.
Countach LP 500 Recreation
Fast forward 43 years and Polo Storico are approached by an important Lamborghini customer asking if there was any possibility of creating a reconstruction of the elusive Countach LP 500, a model known only by photographs at the time.
Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini said:
“The Countach reinvented high-performance cars and it became an icon in terms of stylistic language that even today, after decades, still inspires contemporary Lamborghinis. Bringing the reconstruction of the first Countach to the concept class of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, in the year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this model, is something extraordinary because it allows us to admire the legendary 1971 LP 500 in person for the first time in so many years.
“The LP 500 is of paramount importance to Lamborghini because it gave rise to the design DNA of all subsequent models.”
Starting from publications of the time and images on homologation sheets including other material recovered from Polo Storico a 1:1 scale model was constructed from a 3D scan of the LP 400 (chassis 001), which was an enormous source of information.
A staggering 2500 hours began with work on the chassis which was completely different from the tubular frame of the Countach models that would follow and required Polo Storico to build it in order to respect the production methods of the time.
The same procedure was used for the bodywork with modern technology employed for its analysis and definition. Once the sheet metal beating phase was reached, technology gave way to the traditional Italian system carried out by the ‘battilastra’ (skilled metal worker) with his creativity and tools. A similar process was carried out for the interior which included the lighted diagnostic instruments as shown on the 1971 prototype.
Working in synergy with Pirelli and using materials preserved in the archives of Fondazione Pirelli, it was possible to use the original plans of the Cinturato CN12 tyre fitted on the LP 500 for its Geneva debut.
Specifically, the Pirelli Cinturato CN12 tyres for the Lamborghini Countach LP 500 were supplied in the sizes 245/60R14 for the front and 265/60R14 for the rear, and are now fitted with the same tread pattern as in the 1970s but with a modern compound and structure.
Automobili Lamborghini’s Polo Storico finally revealed their incredible reconstruction of the legendary 1971 LP 500 entered in the class reserved for concept cars at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
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