Foreword by Valentino Balboni
The Countach breathes life
Grand Tour and Lamborghinis
Genesis of an iconic marque
Vineyars, a cemetery and a Bull ranch
Countach: a name vindicated
The Countach's drivetrain
The Countach's aerodynamics
A star is born: LP 500
The long march to production
Purity exemplified: LP400
A brutal new look: LP400 S
Cubic capacity: LP500 S
Definitive Countach: Quattrovalvole
Handsome pig: Evolusione
Chasing perfection: 88 1/2
Gilding the lily: 25th Anniversary
Meeting the North American demand
Creating a Countach
The Countach in the press
La Bocca della Verita
After the Countach
Keeping the Countach alive
Random musings of a dilittante
From the rear cover: When launched at the Geneva motor show in 1971, the Lamborghini Countach was like a vision of the future, with its incredibly radical styling by Bertone's Marcello Gandini. Through various evolutionary stages, the Countach remained in production from 1973 to 1990 and during that time 1,997 examples were manufactured, making it exceedingly rare as well as highly desirable. Subsequently the magnificent Countach has risen to almost mythical status among collectors and enthusiasts. Now, as the model approaches its 50th anniversary, two passionate and deeply knowledgeable Countach co-owners have written an authoritative new book - the first English-language study of the car for 30 years - to celebrate this fabled Italian supercar in all its glory, with contributions from Valentino Balboni and Tonino Lamborghini.
This truly is an amazing book that takes us through the history of Lamborghini and then put the focus on the Lamborghini Countach specifically, this isn’t the first book written by Thillainathan Pathmanathan in my collection, back in 2019 he also published Lamborghini Murciélago (ISBN 9781845849221, 160 pages), and I have to admit that while the book is packed with photos and information, the layout was a bit busy here and there, with this new Lamborghini Countach book that isn’t the case, the latter has a much more mature look and feel, perhaps more classic, but it suits the subject and I much prefer it this way, to be honest.
Do note Thillainathan Pathmanathan teamed up with Anne Christina Reck to put together this Lamborghini Countach book, next to a 2005 Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster featured in Path’s first book, they also own the red 1988 Countach Quattrovalvole JLA12399 featured on the cover of this new book, but there are other names associated with this latest release on the icon from Sant’Agata, the foreword has been written by none other than Valentino Balboni, Lamborghini’s very own, legendary chief test driver.
Personally, this is a must-have book and I love having it in the collection.
Original, first edition, published in 2021 as hardback, no dust jacket.
Size: 288x243x26mm (11.34x9.57x1.02in)
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