They say that you only celebrate a 50th birthday once, so when it happens, you might as well make it as memorable as possible.
Italian automaker Lamborghini is in the middle of its 50th anniversary celebrations and since the start of the year, it’s celebrated it with the kind of extravagance befitting of its stature in the industry.
Recently, things took an interesting turn in the United Kingdom when the UK Lamborghini 50th Anniversary 50th Anniversary Tour officially opening its doors to the public.
Held at the Danesfield House in Buckinghamshire, over 50 Lamborghinis participated in the event with models ranging from the classic Countachs all the way to the current Aventador Roadsters . In between, there were Murcielagos , Diablos , Gallardos , and even the one-off Oakley Design Aventador LP760 Nasser Edition.
Needless to say, it was as close to a Lamborghini overdose as you could possibly get, and not surprisingly, Shmee150 was right in the middle of all the festivities with cameras in tow.
(Click past the jump to read about one of Lamborghini’s anniversary edition models, the Aventador LP720-4 50° Anniversario pride and joy}
Countach was one of the first supercars developed by Lamborghini . It was unveiled in 1974 and remained in production until 1990, during which period a total of 2,042 units were produced. The Countach won many awards and during its era, it was one of the fastest supercars on the market: it could hit a top speed of 207 mph in its LP 500 Turbo S version.
Now the guys over MotorTrend put it head to head against the new Aventador in the latest episode of "World’s Fastest Car Show." The two cars were driven by Justin Bell, who wanted to see if the new Aventador is as good as its predecessor.
According to him, the drive can tell you more than any history book, as driving the two supercars gives Justin insight into the impact the revolutionary Countach had not only on its eventual successor, the Aventador, but the entire supercar industry. It also drives him to use plenty of dirty language, which was carefully bleeped out, of course... Enjoy!
Last time we saw Valentino Balboni behind the wheel of a Lamborghini model, he was driving a Murcielago LP670-4 SV. This time around, he opted for something a little bit more classic – a Countach LP400 , which was the first set of Countach models produced between 1974 and 1978.
The LP400 was limited to only 150 units, so seeing one in action is actually a pretty rare occurrence. Despite its rarity, Balboni was lucky enough to find one and took it on an envy-creating ride. Check the video to see what does he thinks about the car.
As a reminder, the LP400 is powered by a 4.0-liter V-12 powerplant that delivers a total of 375 horsepower at an incredibly high 8,000 rpm and 368 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. The car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 179.8 mph. Neither spec is astounding by today’s supercar standards, but for the era, those were about as good as it got.
Don’t get us wrong; we love our jobs to pieces. There are a few things in this world more gratifying than writing about cars for a living, but of those "few" things, one of them is what Jason Cammisa of Automobile Magazine is doing in this video.
With the resources of having a line-up of different Lamborghinis at his disposal, Jason gets behind the wheel of each one of them for some quality down time along a deserted stretch of road. The list of Lambos that Cammisa managed to drive includes the Miura , the Countach , the Diablo VT , the Murcielago , and yes, the Italian automaker’s latest pride and joy, the Aventador .
Check out the video prepared by Automobile Magazine and see Jason Cammisa put each of these Lambos through the paces. If for nothing else, you can even check out the evolution of the dashboard and the powerful, grunting roar these Italian bulls let out when the pedal is put to the proverbial metal.
Videos like this brings back all the memories we had playing around with our die-cast Countachs back in the 80’s and to an extent, our envy of Chris Harris is all the more evident considering that he got to play around with our childhood dream car. The video was posted on his YouTube channel and it shows a red Lamborghini Countach drifting through a corner. It may not mean much to the layman, but for a lot of us that grew up with posters of the glorious Italian supercar on our walls, this video is a source of not only jealousy for us, but of bringing back all those memories we had of one day having our own Countachs.
Ok, watching this video made us very mad. First because they have destroyed this very cool Lamborghini Countach and made it a dragster and second because they have crash it.
Don’t get us wrong. We really like Lamborghini ’s modern models like Gallardo or Aventador , but classics like Countach will never be built again, so why destroying the few left in the world?
And while we can not find an answer to this question, a bunch of guys from Sydney have found a solution to transform it into a dragster. For that they have combined the Countach with a supercharged V8, a set of fat drag rear tires, a wheelie bar and lots of other accessories needed for a dragster. This video has been shot at this year’s Full Throttle Friday and ended with a prety sad crash.
Ordinarily, building Italian supercars with your bare hands is always a recipe for disaster. We’ve seen it time and time again and it seems that our world will never be without these enterprising and creative fellows who think that building close - some aren’t even close by any stretch of the imagination - mock-ups of the real thing equates to having your machismo level flying straight through the roof. Sorry to burst your proverbial bubbles, but more often than not, it’s not even a sputter of masculinity.
That being said, we chanced upon this one man, Ken Imhoff. Ken is just like all of us. He loves his cars and holds a great deal of passion towards one brand in particular, Lamborghini .
Despite not having the financial capabilities to purchase his own Lamborghini supercar, Ken was undaunted. He had to have one and, if he couldn’t buy one, well, he might as well build one. And the difference between Ken Imhoff and all those Lamborghini knock-offs we’ve showed you before? Ken’s hand-made Lamborghini Countach is about as real as a Lamborghini that’s built by hand can get.
You’ve always dreamed of owning a Lamborghini but you don’t have the financial resources to make such a purchase. Well, we have something that - while not exactly the beastly supercar you’ve always wanted – can be considered as the next best thing.
For “just” £40,000 - around $65,000 – you can purchase this wireframe Koeni Lamborghini Countach that was created by renowned British artist Benedict Radcliffe. With only steel tubings to work with, Radcliffe used a total of 160 feet of the 10-millimeter material to create an incredible see-through likeness of the Countach.
Now, of course, you’d be crazy to think that this car is going to take you places but it sure will draw a lot of attention, especially when you consider that at 14 feet long and six feet wide, it’s not exactly something that you’d call subtle.
If you have the passion anything is possible! This is what Ken Imhoff said to himself when the Cannonball Run inspired him to start building his own Lamborghini Countach replica. During the 17-year process, he created a space frame, aluminium body panels, the well-known Lambo doors, added a Chevrolet Corvette C4 suspension kit.
It’s powered by a 351 small-block V8 engine delivering 515 hp connected to a ZF-5 speed manual gearbox. Once all was completed there was one final hurdle. Due to the fact that it was built in the basement of Imhoff’s house (probably he didn’t expected to finish it), the man had to take down one of the walls of the basement and get its masterpiece on the road.
With all the events taking place in Monterey, California every August, the Russo and Steele event is a must go. It is much smaller than the Scottsdale auction but it is certaintly Monterey styled for the VIPs. Nonetheless, there were over 150 cars running over the auction block for a combined total of over $10 million in sales.