and Lam­borgh­ini Countach con­spire to con­sume your sav­ings

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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.

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