It is easy to forget how shocking the Marcel Gandini-designed Lamborghini Countach prototype was at its Geneva introduction in 1971. Its impossibly low wedge profile, scissor doors, mid-mounted V12, and angular styling set the language for nearly every supercar since. Lamborghini has remained true to the Countach’s original design for 45 years, with its influences still seen today in the current Aventador.
The Countach had lost none of its power to astonish when the production version, the LP400, debuted in 1974, it resembled nothing less than a road-going spaceship. In 1978, the updated Countach LP400 S was introduced, featuring an aggressive front splitter, hugely wide Pirelli tyres, muscular flared arches, magnesium Campagnolo 'Bravo' wheels, and revised suspension. Three series of the LP400 S were produced, the first two series sharing the chassis and low body of the original LP400. Series 1 cars featured the stylish Bravo wheels and only 50 of these were produced. The Series 1 Countach has the aggressive look of the later models but still retains the pure design that made the LP400 an icon.
RM Sotheby's will be offering this example at their upcoming Arizona auction between the 19-20th January. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Nathan Leach-Proffer ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.