Before entering the era of hybridisation, Polo Storico Lamborghini wanted to pay homage to the V12 engine that made the heyday of its most emblematic models as part of the Retromobile show.
The “heritage” department of the Sant’Agata Bolognese manufacturer, which has been restoring and certifying the old models of the brand since 2015, went to Paris this weekend with many prestigious vehicles from its workshops.
A reconstruction of the 1971 LP 500 prototype (the first Countach) and the body of a Miura P400 SV restored in Sant’Agata Bolognese are indeed on display at the Italian manufacturer’s stand at Rétromobile.
The Countach LP 500 prototype is a replica of the Countach shown at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show and destroyed in a crash test three years later. Polo Storico Lamborghini craftsmen rebuilt it and prepared it in the “Giallo Fly Speciale” color (25,000 hours of operation total) before unveiling it last October as part of the Countach’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Miura P400 SV body on display at Porte de Versailles was taken from a chassis that belonged to a customer of the Italian brand. The vehicle is currently undergoing a conservative restoration and will be finished in its original ‘Arancio Miura’ appearance.
These two models, the Countach and Miura, have among other things being powered by a V12 engine developed by Lamborghini. A 12-cylinder engine is still present in the brand’s catalog lately with the Aventador model, but its story is now over.
“The V12 engine is at the heart of the outstanding symbols of this brand’s history, from the Miura to the Countach and the Aventador Ultimae, which this year closed the unforgettable chapter of our combustion engine”, explains Stephan Winkelmann. CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “A place of passion and automotive culture, our presence at Retromobile should be interpreted as a tribute to this valuable heritage and the great engineering knowledge of our technicians, past and present.”
The 2022 edition of the Rétromobile show will be held from March 16-20 at the Parc des expositions de la Porte de Versailles in Paris.
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