"LP500 Prototype In our opinion the LP500 prototype is the purest of Gandini's designs - and represents a beautiful mix of edge and flow. Designated for its 5.0 litre V12 engine, it was launched at Geneva in 1971 - but was compromised "
Ok, so it’s probably true. Everything that can be said about Lamborghini’s Countach has been said. It was always the most outrageously styled production car – and it was always the Top Trump superstar that had kids of the seventies and eighties drooling. We’ve said before that the Ferrari 512BB was a dignified counterpoint to the Countach’s madman lines. But every now and then, even after all these years, you see an angle – a design detail – that reminds you how ridiculously bold and brilliant the Bertone design really was.
Our favourite remains the early cars – the LP400s whose smooth lines were increasingly edged, scalped and cut away as the car evolved from the mid seventies into the eighties. The excessive bulges, wings and colour coded touches of the later models for us detracted from the initial design inspiration of Marcello Gandini (or was it Giugiaro!)
The fact though, that over 40 years on this design will stop little boys of every age in their tracks is testament to the Countach’s brilliance. Hail.
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