It starred in the 1981 comedy The Cannonball Run.
Lamborghini's 50th anniversary celebrations for the Countach are in full swing. Earlier this month, Lamborghini revealed the new modern-day Countach based on the Aventador with hybrid technology borrowed from the Sian. Teaser videos also suggest Lamborghini is preparing to reveal a recreation of the original Countach LP500 prototype. Now, another historic Countach has made a comeback, but this one starred in a famous Hollywood movie.
One of the star cars of the 1981 comedy movie The Cannon Ball Run inspired by the illegal cross-country road race was a black 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 S.
Exactly 40 years after the movie's release, the Countach, chassis number 1121112, is now one of 30 historically important vehicles in the US listed by the National Historic Vehicle Register, joining the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future and the 1968 Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt.
To celebrate, the Countach movie car is on display inside a glass case at the National Mall in Washington DC. The car's history as well as a 3D scan and copies of its documentation will be preserved in the Library of Congress.
While Burt Reynolds drove a Dodge ambulance throughout the film, it was the 1979 Countach LP 400 S that won the cross-country race in the movie. It also featured prominently in the film's opening scene speeding across the Las Vegas desert with police in hot pursuit. For its role in the film, the Countach was modified with a front spoiler, twin spotlights, three antennas, and 12 exhaust pipes.
After filming wrapped up, the Countach was bought by Ron Rice, founder of the sunscreen brand Hawaiian Tropic famous for its motorsport sponsorships. Rice was besotted with the Countach as soon as he saw it and kept it until 2004. It was then sold to Jeff Ippoliti, a Florida-based attorney and hardcore Lamborghini fan who still owns it today.