The holiday season is here and just to help you out with some gift ideas, here’s one special collector’s model that you might want to get for someone. It is a 1/12-scale Lamborghini Countach model built by the Japanese company Goodsmile. In total, this model is 345 mm (13.6 inches) long, 157.7 mm (6.2 inches) wide and 89 mm (3.5 inches) tall.
There’s no denying the fact that enthusiasts love to collect scale models of classics , as well as modern cars. There are quite a few brands that make detailed works of art and the one from Goodsmile doesn’t come cheap.
This Lamborghini Countach LP400 in 1/12 scale will set you back ¥120,000, which is about $1200 at the current rates. Yes, that’s a lot but if you look closely, the cars are built with utmost attention to detail. Goodsmile actually scanned the full-size car, using modern 3D scanning techniques to achieve this sort of perfection. Each of the 500 parts are meticulously die-cast, or formed in ABS or resin to give it the perfect shape and size. The models are so perfect that not even an inch of deviation is spared.
The classic scissor doors swivel up to reveal the supercar ’s uber-cool interior. The engine bay door also opens, so that one can glance at the glorious V-12 engine that resides beneath. The cabin light turns on when the doors are swung open, headlights popup and instrument panel glows much like the real thing. The tires are hollow so that the weight of the car squashes them against the ground surface giving it a more authentic look. Rounding out this realistic model are wheels that you can remove and bolt back with a specially provided tool. Now, that’s really cool!
The unfortunate thing is that the models will not be ready for shipping until October 2014, so you will have to wrap up a picture of the model this Christmas and tell the receiver that it will arrive in about a year’s time. Alternatively, this could be an early idea for next Christmas.
Click past the jump to read more about the classic Lamborghini Countach LP400
Lamborghini first showcased the Countach in 1971. The classic wedge shape was refined during the this time creating a pin-up supercar like no other. Flamboyance was key to Lamborghini supercars and the Countach was a good example of the design philosophy. The low-slung bonnet and wide hips have been a classic design trait of cars rolling out of the Sant’Agata factory. The first Countach was called the LP400 which was followed by the LP400S and LP500S.
Under the chiseled wedge shaped body of LP400 was a 4.0-liter V-12 putting out 375 horsepower. If you are quick enough with the manual transmission, the Countach could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, and on to a top speed over 192 mph.
On later versions of the Countach, Lamborghini refined the aerodynamics of the car. A large rear wing was attached to the LP500 models. The US-spec Countach 5000QV had to go through some serious Federal hurdles and thanks to the government, we got the horrid oversize bumpers.