If there is a symbolic poster car, it is, for sure, the Lamborghini Countach that was manufactured between 1974 and 1990.
Countach LP400 chassis #112.0001 was manufactured in 1973, as a prototype, used for shows and tests, and is the eldest Countach in existence. This Countach LP400 was the 1973 Geneva Motor Show (15-23 March) car, where it appeared painted in red with black interior.
The very same car, now painted in Verde Medio on Verde Chiaro leather interior, was shown at the October 1973 Paris Motor Show too. There were rumours of two different development cars but, on the other hand during the interior restoration driven by Lamborghini Polo Storico in 2019, remaining of the red paint and of the black leather were found intact in untouched parts of the car.
Countach LP400 #112.0001 it is a very important Lamborghini historical piece too, as it was used as a reference to create the wooden master pattern for all body panels and as model for the first sales literature. It sports some aesthetic and technical differences with the production Countach, as different side windows, the front bumper area, rear lights and the Naca ducts colour scheme. The interior, is quite different too, both in appearance, materials and in its frame structure.
In 1974, after the installation of a standard LP400 “Naturale” leather interior, it was sold to a private Swiss owner. It was re-discovered in 2003, in sad condition in a Swiss barn and, since then, remained in the Automobili Lamborghini museum, the MUDETEC, in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
The pictures still show it with some minor external details and features to be addressed soon, in order to have the first LP400 Countach perfectly ready for the 2021 celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the LP500 Countach prototype.