Marcello Gandini sits high on the automotive designers’ Olympus. At the age of 83 and starting a job at Bertone, he has actually been involved in numerous projects that are considered stylistic references today, such as Alfa Romeo Montreal, De Tomaso Pantera, Lancia Stratos, Maserati Shamal or… Citroën BX. But he is best known for getting his hands dirty on most Lamborghinis: Miura, Urraco, Jalpa, Jarama, Espada, Diablo and Countach.
So what does he think of the latter’s recent resurgence in the form of the Countach LP800-4, a restyled Aventador with an 814-hp 6.5 V12 hybrid that will be produced in 112 copies? Evil and he hasn’t been hiding it since he went so far as to issue a stinging press release last weekend on the Sant’Agata Bolognese side.
112 copies of the Lamborghini Countach LP800-4 will sell for 2.3 million euros each.
Is this an authentic view of the newcomer’s line, or is it the result of Lamborghini’s lack of elegance? According to the press release, Marcello Gandini was contacted by the manufacturer last spring to participate in a video interview on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the original Countach, an exercise he himself agreed to adhere to. On this occasion, he was offered a miniature, a tribute to his work, that was custom-made for him and was the precursor of a unique 1st scale model to be exhibited at Pebble Beach.
However, it was never said that it would result in a limited production, and this interview is now being used as a promotional tool where Gandini would be flooded with requests for clarifications from the press. And attention, this is where letting loose starts to bother you. He writes: “Marcello Gandini wishes to make it clear that he had no role in this operation and, as the author and creator of the original 1971 design, this redesign does not reflect his spirit. For him, it’s a spirit of innovation coming out of the usual straitjacket that is completely absent in the new model. »
“I built my identity as a designer, especially while working on Lamborghini supercars, on a unique concept: each model should be innovative, a clean break, something completely different from the last, even if it means not surfing on it. Success that requires courage and faith, which is the essence of my career. “Before continuing, Marcello explained Gandini: ‘It’s clear that the market and marketing have profoundly changed that spirit since then, but I think it’s completely against the DNA of my job to repeat a pattern from the past. »
Unbelievable as it may seem, the Turin designer nevertheless added “candidly” before signing this press release.