1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Review Mar 21, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Every classic car enthusiast is interested in a slightly different type of vehicle, but there are some that seem to appeal to everyone. The 1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400 is one of these, showing that the automaker has been producing vehicles that everyone loves for decades. The 1974 Countach LP400 has some unique styling and stands out as the first production model. The Countach was introduced as a 1973 model and would last until 1990. As it tends to be the trend among collectors, the earlier models are more sought after, as they contrast more sharply with modern automotive styling.
Introducing the Countach
The first Countach made its official debut in 1971 at the Geneva Motor Show. It was a two-seater sports car that pioneered the super-low wedge-like shape, a design that shocked the audience at the time. Even today, we are captivated by the scissor doors that swing upwards and forwards. These doors evolved to become a trademark for Lamborghini, and they are still in dramatic contrast to other sports cars today. The Countach LP400 made its debut at the 1973 Geneva Auto Show with similar styling but with a bright red body coupled with a black suede interior.
In addition to the doors that would soon be a signature of Lamborghinis, the Countach LP400 had unique styling. The front was a bit angular to our modern tastes, but iconic nonetheless, narrowing in a smooth line across the hood. The doors will always be classics, and the three partitions in their windows only add to the model’s sporty appearance. The first models had "Lamborghini" and "Countach" printed on the rear without any markings for engine displacement or valves. Simple, powerful, and to the point.
The LP400 is powered by a 4.0-liter V12 delivered 375 bhp at 8,000 rpm, along with 368 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. The cab-forward design left more space for the big mill. In the original plans, the Countach was going to run on a 5.0-liter V12 that was longitudinally placed in the rear. The 5-speed gearbox went almost between the seats, sitting in front of the engine. As such, the driveshaft had to run under the engine to reach the final drive. However, engineers suggested creating a tunnel within the engine’s sump, which led to a higher engine and center of gravity. There were two fuel tanks to make this design work. Unfortunately, the engine exploded in testing, forcing Lamborghini to power the Countach LP400 and other models with the tried and true 4.0-liter version that was based on the Miura’s engine.
If you have your heart set on owning a 1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400, you will have to be extremely lucky and have money to spare. Between 1974 and 1978, only 150 Countach LP400s were produced. Considering that, it is not surprising that a 1975 Countach LP400 Periscope was sold in 2014 for $1.2 million. The later variations were produced in larger numbers, making them a bit easier to find and more accessible—and just as striking.