>Lamborghini Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Countach LP 500.

March 11, 2021, marks 50 years since the showstopping yellow Lamborghini Countach LP 500 made its debut at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. The exact time was 10 am that the prototype was unveiled within the Carrozzeria Bertone exhibition space at the show, not Lamborghini’s exhibition space. 

The decision to launch the Countach LP 500 in Carrozzeria Bertone space was influenced by the fact that the Lamborghini’s stand displayed the House of the Raging Bull’s latest arrival: the Miura SV, which was perfected after being in production now for five years. With the dual display, Lamborghini showed their capability in both production and innovation.

The launch was so successful that Lamborghini raced against time to transform the futuristic show car into a production car to fulfill customers’ requests.

The Countach project had an internal code number LP112, where the LP signified “Longitudinale Posteriore” (Italian for the rear longitudinal position) of the 12-cylinder engine. Ferruccio Lamborghini maintained the engine’s position in a desire to preserve the image of the company as the vanguard of technology and style following the Miura. 

Leading the record-breaking achievement was engineer Paolo Stanzani who had been with the company since 1963. In 1968 Stanzani became the General Manager and Technical Director and was mainly accountable for the Countach’s mechanical component. 

Carrozzeria Bertone’s Design Director Marcello Gandini styled the beautiful, futuristic, and clean lines of the Countach, which is still appreciated after 50 years. Gandini elected to use scissor doors, which have since distinguished the 12-cylinder models of Lamborghini.  

The LP 500 was a very different car than the Countach that would go into production in 1974. Lamborghini gave it a platform frame instead of a tubular one, and it had a 12-cylinder 4971cc engine which was one of a kind. The engine air intakes were given a shark gill design and had sophisticated electronic instrumentation on the inside. 

Birdseye view of the LP 500

The origin of the Countach name can be found within the dialect of the Piedmont region. Upon its final stages of assembly, Lamborghini decided to hide the car in a agricultural machinery shed on a farm close

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Lamborghini Countach LP 500 Turns 50
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/lamborghini-countach-lp-500-turns-50/
Published Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 19:43:26 +0000

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