Welcome to the supercar's California birthday party.
There are two major birthday parties happening right now. The first is the 70th Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. It's been held every year for the past seven decades, with the exception of last year because, well, you know. The second is that of the Lamborghini Countach, revealed 50 years ago as the LP500 concept at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show.
And now it's back, reborn for 2021 as a Sian FKP 37-based 814 horsepower hybrid supercar called the Countach LPI 800-4. But Lamborghini wanted the original to have time in the spotlight as well. A total of eight original examples were on display during an event solely dedicated to the Countach.
Six of them were privately owned while the remaining two are Lamborghini-owned for a very good reason: they are the first and last Countachs made. The oldest surviving Countach, LP 400, was also on hand. It was the second prototype built and the first of the LP 400 series. Older readers may recognize the Verde Medio (medium green) as the actual car featured in several magazines at the time. It was also brought to major live events including the 1973 Paris Motor Show.
Somehow, it ended up spending several years sitting abandoned in a Swiss barn. It was found and bought by Lamborghini in 2004 and, quite evidently, fully restored. The other Countach examples present include two other LP 400s, one LP 400 S, and two LP 5000 Quattrovalvole series. Needless to say, there was a contest to determine the best in show Countach.
Honorary judges included Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann and chief designer Mitja Borkert. First in class was awarded to the 1981 LP 400 S. Second and third place went to a 1976 LP 400 "Periscopio" and a 1985 5000 Quattrovalvole.
"The Countach redefined the high-performance car sector and it has become an iconic representation of the style features that, still today, guide the creation of contemporary Lamborghinis," Winkelmann remarked. "At Pebble Beach, the special class celebrating the Countach's 50th anniversary was a great honor. It allowed me to see that car enthusiasts are full of energy, champing at the bit to get going again, and to get back to normality as soon as possible."