Coys Auction - True Greats
Royal Horticultural Halls
Thursday 4th December 2008
Few would deny that Lamborghini‘s Countach is the quintessential supercar. It was built by a talented and passionate team of designers and engineers with the purpose of being the most extrovert and outrageous of cars available for the street. As a replacement for the fabulous Miura this was a tall order, but there can be no doubt that they succeeded, and even today, though there are more modern cars and faster cars (a tiny number), it is the Countach which will draw people‘s attention like no other car. The stunning styling was by Bertone‘s Marcello Gandini and when the first prototype was revealed as project 112, one of the factory workers exclaimed "Countach", a local Piemontese expletive, roughly translated as Wow! The name stuck.
Incorporating much race car technology, it was an automotive tour de force. Wit