At first glance, we thought it was the genuine article.
The debate about replica cars will continue as long as people keep building them. Some turn out better than others, and we've not been afraid to feature some of them, especially on our $50,000 Supercar segment. $50,000 is a really small amount of money to spend on a supercar, unless it's depreciated a lot over the years, which is why we have recommended cool replica builds like a Porsche 550 Spyder and a Ferrari 250 GTO.
Some replica cars can be completely bespoke and built from scratch, but most affordable, mid-engined examples are derived from a Pontiac Fiero. We recently found a decent Ferrari F40 replica for only $13,000, which was of course based on the Fiero. The F40 looked decent on the exterior, but was let down by an interior that had nothing to do with Ferrari. However, our latest find is unique because it looks good throughout. We found a replica of a Lamborghini Countach that is perhaps the best we've ever seen. The build was professionally done by an Italian engineer and the results look great.
All told, the build cost over $60,000 to complete, and is currently for sale at Worldwide Vintage Autos in Denver, Colorado, priced at $49,900. The car is titled as a 1984 Pontiac Fiero, but is filled with genuine Lamborghini parts such as the dash and 25th anniversary wheels and tires. The car comes with Pirelli P Zero 345/35ZR15 rear tires and 205/50AR15 front tires. The exterior features a fiberglass and aluminum body. On the interior, the car has genuine leather, custom VDO gauges and a $2,5000 stereo system. It also has one of the most important features from a Lamborghini Countach, a gated-manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels from an impressive engine.
Looks aside, one of the biggest issues for replica cars is that they are way slower than the cars they are modeled after. This Countach replica is powered by a 383 Stroker with over 400 horsepower. This engine is more powerful than the original Countach's V12, although not as powerful as later models.
The 383 engine only has 1,200 miles on it as well as new stainless steel headers and an exhaust that really makes it sound fantastic. Even though this car does sound great and packs way more power than a Fiero, it is almost impossible to match the sound of a real Countach. However, a real Countach will cost considerably more than this sub-$50,000 replica.