The legendary Lamborghini Countach LP 500 will recently officially return at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event. This Concept is a passionate manufacturing project carried out by the Polo Storico team within 25,000 hours. The car is owned by a collector who has a great love for the Lamborghini brand. The restoration project also received advice from Lamborghini Centro Stile in recreating the car body as well as checking body quality.

Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, said: “The Countach is the symbol of high-performance cars and the model has become a symbol of a unique design style that still manages to inspire inspiration for modern Lamborghinis over the decades. Bringing this first Countach to the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event in the year this model turned 50 years old was a memorable event when we as well as car enthusiasts could admire the legendary Countach LP 500 1971 for the first time in many years.”

The Lamborghini Countach LP 500 concept was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971 and soon won the hearts of exhibitors and car enthusiasts around the world. This Concept model was born to express the goal of creating an iconic car that can replace the Lamborghini Miura with a unique design and modern technology. After three years of development, the LP 500 was destroyed in a crash test carried out in March 1974. Since that time, the car has completely disappeared.


At the end of 2017, a famous car collector and VIP customer of Lamborghini asked the Polo Storico restoration department if they could create a Countach LP 500. At that time, this car model was only known through photos taken in the 70s of the last century. The classic car restoration department took over this project and immediately embarked on this difficult and challenging restoration project.

During the first months of the project, the Polo Storico team collected all available documents and performed an in-depth analysis of the documents. According to Mr. Giuliano Cassataro, Head of Polo Storico Department, emphasized: “Collecting documents is very important. Our team focuses on understanding all the details of the vehicle, checking the overall consistency of the details as well as verifying the technical specifications.” The team gathered parameters from many sources such as photos, documents, meeting reports, original drawings and even advice from people who were involved in creating the LP 500 Concept in the past. This step helps establish the shape and function of each detail on the vehicle as accurately as possible. Furthermore, the Fondazione Pirelli department also supported by providing initial documents for the Polo Storico team to recreate the tires mounted on the first Concept LP 500 version.

The team began manufacturing the vehicle’s chassis. This chassis system is completely different from the tubular frame system on later Countachs. In addition to collecting information and technical specifications, Polo Storico also has to consider applying a classic production process to create a version most similar to the car in the past. The body panels have been recreated using this method, the shape and material of the body panels have been identified through modern analysis technologies, but the shaping and finishing steps have been carried out using this method. traditional law.

As for spare parts, Lamborghini will use replacement parts left over from 1971 if they are still usable. For missing or completely damaged parts, Lamborghini Polo Storico has completely rebuilt them with extremely high precision. For the original design reconstruction process, Polo Storico transferred the documents to the Lamborghini Centro Stile, where the team led by Mitja Borkert, Head of Design, was able to carry out the exact reconstruction of the body design. most accurate.

“To achieve the design of the car that debuted in Geneva in 1971, we developed a 1:1 scale model,” says Mitja Borkert. This is the same approach we decided to take to solve a difficult problem in this project. We recreated the details based on photos, magazines featuring the car from the past as well as documents recovered from the Polo Storico.” Based on the information provided, the team was able to calculate the necessary parameters to create the first 1:1 scale model. The most difficult thing in the process of creating the car was ensuring the weight of the car was accurate to the original model, which is why the team conducted a 3D scan of the LP 400 to collect the necessary information. . In total, this process took the design team up to 2,000 hours to achieve a perfect chassis with lines similar to the original car model.

Lamborghini Polo Storico cooperated with Pirelli to recreate the tire system for the LP 500 prototype. Thanks to images and documents kept in the archives of Fondazione Pirelli, the two brands have identified the characteristics of the Cinturato CN12 tire fitted to the LP 500 for its Geneva debut. From these documents, Pirelli technicians began creating the Cinturato CN12 tire set of the Pirelli Collezione line. The team has specifically created a set of Pirelli Cinturato CN12 tires for the Lamborghini Countach LP 500 with sizes 245/60R14 for the front wheels and 265/60R14 for the rear wheels.

This tire system has an identical appearance to the original tire system but has been renewed with a modern rubber compound to help increase tire durability. In order to choose the most accurate colors for the prototype, the team used documents from the PPG archive. The restoration team accurately and carefully identified and analyzed the color components to create the yellow color used on the 1971 prototype. The color is called “Giallo Fly Speciale”.

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