1975 Lamborghini Countach
Year of manufacture1975
EU customs cleared (in Germany)
Chassis Number: 1120110
Engine Number: 1120110
- The ultimate Lamborghini
- Matching numbers engine
- Interesting original specifications
- Was on the wall in every boy-room in the 1970s
The job of designing the replacement of the Miura was entrusted once again to the young Marcello Gandini but he had set himself a difficult task in making a more spectacular car. He exceeded everybody´s wildest expectations with the Countach. Unhindered with ergonomics he started with a clean sheet of paper thinking outside the box and came up with an amazing design that was very low, wide and also short. Due to the tubular frame and the wide door sills caused by these he re-used the idea he had invented on his Alfa Carabo design, the forward-hinged scissor doors. It was something totally new to the car scene at the time and really shaped car-design for the future and shaped the future of all Lamborghinis. The first prototype, the LP500 had a rear view mirror fitted to a periscope. This was eliminated for the production models but these still retained the hole in the roof where the periscope was on the prototype thus giving the LP400 production cars the nick-name of "Periscopio" The car on offer was delivered on the 28th of May 1975 by Achilli Motors in Milan, Italy to the Italian VIP, Gian-Carlo Bandiera and ordered with a few specials orders like a factory fitted free-flowing exhaust, Miura SV cam-shafts and larger Carburettor injectors than standard. According to factory files this was the 55th Countach built. It was sold in 1977 in Bologna where it was registered on "BO" number-plates. Originally red, it was re-painted black. It didn´t stay for long in Bologna and was exported in November 1977 to the Lamborghini USA importer, Auto Palace, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and completed all necessary US import documentation.
Its first US owner was plantation owner and real-estate magnate Walker Inman Jr from Georgetown, South Carolina. In 1989, Inman sold the car to Plasterboard manufacturer and Countach enthusiast, Mark Steve in La Jolla, California. Steve at this time had no less than 3 Countach "Periscopio" at the same time (1120110, 1120166 and 112 0178) neatly parked next to each other as a tribute to the purity of the Countach´s design. The next owner was James di Lorio from Santa Monica, California who was a real estate investor who enjoyed a large super car collection including F40, Enzo and a Miura among many others.
The British Magazine Thoroughbred & Classic cars wrote an article comparing the "Periscopio" to the Miura SV in 2002 and the car they use to compare it with is 1120110. They have come to the conclusion that the car is still unmodified and retains its original carpets and the special factory fitted exhaust. In June 2003 Marcello Gandini autographed the car´s dashboard at the California Concours. In September 2006, the car changed hand to a new Californian owner who sent the car to be restored by Bobileff &Co. All the mechanical parts ( Engine, Gearbox, Suspension and Brakes) were done but the paintwork was deemed so good that it did not require any attention. During the engine restoration the Miura SV cams originally fitted were found to be at the end of their life span and they were replaced by standard factory cams but are retained with the car as part of the car´s history today. The restoration was finished in 2007 and the car was sold to Germany where it has remained until today.
The Countach LP400 "Periscopio" is the ultimate Lamborghini in many people´s eyes and features an amazing design for its time. The design was ahead of its time especially when considering people were driving Hillman Imps and Opel Kadetts. It remains extreme and pure today, purer than the later elaborated versions of the Countach. This is is a masterpiece and a very important car of the car design History.