THE EARLIEST SURVIVING COUNTACH
BUILT BY A team of 10 in 1973, chassis #001 became the oldest surviving Countach when the original pre-production prototype thumped a wall during crash testing at MIRA in the early ’70s. Despite its historic status, it was stripped of its show-car cabin and sold on to help with cashflow; now it’s been restored.
The Countach was radically different to the Miura. The V12 was rotated 90 degrees and the chassis switched from a semi-monocoque layout to a spaceframe design. ‘We had lots of problems with the early cars,’ admits legendary, now-retired, test driver Valentino Balboni. ‘The chassis was complicated, constructed from lots of different-sized bits of metal and welded everywhere. It just wasn’t strong enough,’ admits Balboni, who prefers the later Countach S. The classic market disagrees. Early models like this are worth up to $2m, making them twice as valuable. This one? Priceless.