1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Series II by Bertone Lives up to its Name
Man of Many
August 2, 2018
By Man of Many in Cars on August 2, 2018
Few cars are as readily recognizable as the 1981 Lamborghini Contach LP400 Series II by Bertone. “Countach” is a Piedmontese term that means “stupendous, magnificent, or splendid.” It’s no wonder that designer Marcello Gandini chose the name for the car he was commissioned to design as Lamborghini’s new flagship. Gandini abandoned the swooping designs of the past and went all out with an aggressive wedge shape that features straight lines and sharp corners. Gandini also brought in the most iconic aspect of the Lamborghini design—the scissor doors.
Performance was the name of the game when it came to the Countach. The car was built with a tubular space frame chassis and then topped with aircraft grade aluminum for the body. The result was a car that wasn’t just strong, but light as well. The car’s first engines were a 5.0 liter V12, though those engines were restricted to the prototypes and show cars. The production cars received a 4.0 liter put together Miura that was rated at 370 horsepower with 266 lb-ft of torque.
That’s what Walter Wolf, the owner of the Canadian F1 team, started with. With the help of Lamborghini engineer Gianpaolo Dallara, Wolf put a 5.0 liter engine and Pirelli P7 tires on the LP400 to create the S series. Sothebys is currently offering one of Wolf’s designs—a rare, 105 “low-body” model with less than 35,000 km on the odometer, and a cosmetic and mechanical restoration no more than 200 miles ago.