Polo Storico’s Lamborghini Countach LP 500 Gets A Shakedown

Lamborghini Countach LP 500
Lamborghini Countach LP 500 Shakedown

Following the unveiling of Automobili Lamborghini Polo Storico’s Lamborghini Countach LP 500 recreation at the Concorso d’Eleganza in Villa d’Este a few weeks ago, the Italian poster-car was the main attraction at the “Countach LP 500: The Shakedown” event on the Vizzola Ticino circuit recently where both the collector who had commissioned the project and suppliers involved in the construction were present.

The stylish supercar that was originally designed to replace the mighty Miura, both for its technology and design, needed little introduction as it ventured onto the Vizzola Ticino track to take part in the collaboration event between Automobili Lamborghini and Pirelli.

The ‘shakedown’ was similar to the tests usually conducted on the street to check restoration work on cars before they are returned to their owners. The same track was chosen for the presentation as for the test drives so that the collector can enjoy the emotions of a few laps on the racetrack. All of this took place in the presence of the suppliers who had contributed to the implementation of the project with the Polo Storico.

Lamborghini Countach LP 500

Giuliano Cassataro, Head of Customer Service and Polo Storico, commented:
“The tests and the shakedown on the racetrack have confirmed that the Countach LP 500 is not only beautiful but also functional. The tires, which are wider than the standard LP 400 – 40 millimeters more at the front and 50 at the rear – give the vehicle an attractive and well-proportioned aesthetic that still makes it look modern even half a century after it was first introduced. It was important for us to celebrate this moment together with the customer and to share the thrill of seeing it in motion with the suppliers, who have invested so many hours of work in the implementation.”

Lamborghini Countach LP 500

An incredible 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 at that particular time.

The exact 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.

Lamborghini Countach LP 500

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