Lamborghini Polo Storico is displaying a Countach LP 500 and Miura SV at Rétromobile Paris 2022, which runs from 15th – 20th March.
The Sant’Agata Bolognese company’s participation in the event is officially kicking off a year of tributes to its legendary 12-cylinder engine’s history. This is before the hybridization process begins in ernest in 2023, with the launch of the first hybrid production model Lamborghini.
Displayed on its stand in Paris will be a reconstruction of the first Countach, the LP 500 prototype from 1971 whcih was first unveiled in October last year. It will also be joined on the stand by the body of a Miura P400 SV that is being restored by the Polo Storico team in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Among those present at the preview evening at Rétromobile Paris 2022 was Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.
“The V12 engine is at the heart of icons from the brand’s history, from the Miura and the Countach to the Aventador Ultimae, which this year brings down the curtain on the unforgettable story of our internal combustion engine,” said Winkelmann.
“Enthusiasts of automotive culture will be able to join us at Rétromobile, where we are paying tribute to our cherished heritage and the vast engineering expertise of our past and present technicians.”
“From next year, Lamborghini will step into an electrified future: the heir to the Aventador will be presented with hybrid technology in the first phase of our Direzione Cor Tauri plan, which maps out the path to 2030. It sets targets with the aim of reducing our environmental impact by taking a holistic and socially responsible approach.”
The Countach LP 500 is on display in its original “Giallo Fly Speciale” shade of yellow. It is a reconstruction of the legendary car that was presented in March 1971 at Geneva Motor Show and destroyed in a crash test carried out for type approval purposes in March 1974. The reconstruction work was carried out by Lamborghini Polo Storico for a collector, taking approximately 25,000 hours.
After its shakedown test at the Vizzola Ticino racetrack last October, the completed LP 500 went on display at the MUDETEC Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
A crucial contribution was made by Lamborghini’s Centro Stile, which oversaw the outlining of the bodywork and ensured that everything matched the original style. The mechanical components are all either restored components from the era or reconstructions of parts that are no longer available or were made specifically for the car. The bodywork and chassis were entirely rebuilt by expert panel beaters, who shaped and beat them by hand.
Pirelli came on board to remake the tires. Through its Foundation, it provided all of the historic materials required, produced tires whose design and dimensions were in keeping with those from the period, and had them approved for road use.
Also on display on the stand is the body of a Miura P400 SV owned by a collector who has asked Lamborghini Polo Storico to restore it for conservation purposes. It will be repainted in its original “Arancio Miura” shade of orange, then the interior and the mechanical components – which are being restored at present – will be put back in place to complete the restoration.