September 24, 2023


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the 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S from the Cannonball Run film

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It’s protected to say that some automobiles simply began out as dream automobiles, automobiles that adorned many bed room partitions on large posters, often supercars and unique automotive artwork you simply don’t see daily on the open highway (relying on the place you reside naturally), and the Lamborghini Countach is a kind of final motors desires are made from, particularly again within the late Seventies when Lamborghini got here up with a fair wilder model of their Countach LP400, the very automobile that launched the now-famous ‘Lamborghini doorways’, the upward opening ‘scissor’ doorways which were used on each V12 flagship from Sant’Agata ever since they first confirmed up on the 1974 Countach LP400.

The 1979 Lamborghini Countach Cannonball Run – photograph courtesy of Hagerty – nationwide historic car register

After 4 years of manufacturing of the Countach LP400, Lamborghini revealed the LP400 S, now adorned with large fenders, even wider wheels with huge 345mm large tires from Pirelli on the rear, a deep entrance chin spoiler and as an unofficial possibility, the by now well-known rear wing, it didn’t have any aerodynamic objective, in reality, it even slowed down the Countach, however many purchasers had it fitted to their Countach anyway, a automobile with an MSRP of US$85,000 again in 1978, as of late you may virtually add one other zero on the rear as values have sky-rocketed for nearly any mannequin within the Countach vary, with the narrow-body LP400 going nicely into the seven-figure roams these days.

Whereas a Lamborghini Countach is a legendary automobile at present, again within the late Seventies they weren’t actually sought-after in the USA, a market that was a good distance from Sant’Agata in Italy at the moment, however that was about to vary dramatically … because of a film. Let’s take a better take a look at chassis quantity 112.1112, a automobile that left the manufacturing facility gates in Sant’Agata in a surprising mixture of Nero over Senape, or black on darkish tan or mild brown in English, initially this particular Raging Bull was delivered to an area shopper in Italy, however this magnificence would discover her method into the USA on the finish of 1979 or in early 1980 … to grow to be a film star in because the legendary Cannonball Run Countach.

The 1979 Lamborghini Countach Cannonball Run – photograph courtesy of Hagerty – nationwide historic car register

As an alternative of boring you with the reasonably in depth record of modifications and updates, like a further wing on the entrance, not two, not 4, however twelve exhaust pipes on the rear, and fairly revolutionary for 1980, a cellphone within the inside, I’m going to let all of it be defined on this wonderful video from the Hagerty Drivers Basis of their wonderful, 79-minutes documentary discovered on their YouTube channel on this distinctive film automobile, “The Cannonball Run Countach: Supercar Legend” brings you your complete story about this automobile and what it meant for The Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Sprint! Kick-started by famed auto journalist Brock Yates as a riot towards American velocity limits and automotive rules of the Seventies:

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