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Following the Gandini-designed concept’s appearance at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the Paolo Stanzani-productionised ‘Periscope’ Countach LP400 launched in 1974 with claimed 375bhp 3929cc V12 from Miura, five-speed ‘box.
In 1978 the LP400S had wider Pirelli tyres designed for the Countach that necessitated wheelarch flares. A more realistic 350bhp was claimed. First sighting of flying V rear wing. From third series, ride height raised 75mm.
Name changed to LP500S in 1981 to reflect the 4754cc V12’s arrival with 400bhp.
1985’s LP5000 Quattrovalvole (610 built) had 5167cc 48-valve V12 and 449bhp. Carburettors moved to top of engine, fuel injection for US cars (66 built). Strakes in sills for ’88 model year.
Countach 25th Anniversary in 1989 had larger air scoops and repositioned radiators for better cooling. Protruding rear bumper too.
Production ended in 1990 with 2049 built.