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I have owned this specific model for several years now ... but never put it in a decent shoot before, so here goes : the highly sought after 1/18 scale model by Kyosho on the Lamborghini Countach LP500 S, the original release :











A very nice model, and rather expensive these days ... just saw one on eBay for $314 !
 

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IMO this is how the Countach was meant to look!


I also love the 'naked' LP400 WWolf white with the roof wing and no wing mirrors........


Great pics Lambodiecast!
 

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Thanks for the replies ... and I do agree, the Countach had two shades : red over tan and this white on white ... and they both look stunning.

Again, what is the difference from LP400 and LP500(0)?
Ok, have a seat ... history lesson guys :
LP5000 (1971) the original, yellow prototype, after massive modifications (large air intake boxes on the shoulders, crudely inserted Naca ducts on the side) this car's life came to an end at Mira during crash testing ... so sad !
LP400 (1974 - 1978) was the original production version, narrow body, no wings or deep chin bumpers and tires that were too narrow to offer enough roadholding for the power
LP400 S (1978 - 1982) ... the Countach matured : massive Pirelli P7 345mm wheels at the back, big wheel arch extensions, deep front spoiler ... but no rear wing initially ... it became an option later on ... the LP400 S development was partially funded by Walter Wolf who insisted on these big wheels with their modified suspension for his 'custom' cars, the very first LP400 S models received outrageously expensive Campagnolo wheels like those found on the Silhouette and the Bravo prototype, 13x15 inch at the rear, almost square ! Later on cheaper OZ wheels with a smooth design were mounted and the drive height was raised to avoid costly repairs to the front bumper/spolier.
LP500 S (1982 - 1985) basically about the same car as the last of the LP400 S models, but now with a 5-Liter engine ... to keep up with the Ferrari BB512i ... this one left the factory with the rear wing most of the time.
LP500 Quattrovalvole (1985-1988) ... some more refinements on the interior, much better air conditioning that actually worked now, and naturally the more powerful QV engine, we've all seen those 16valves stickers on Golf and Escort models ... this baby had 48 valves
... it was Lamborghini's answer to the TestaRossa in fact ... 610 units built making it the most successful Countach at that time ...
25th Anniversary (1988 - 1990) in fact a re-styled QV model, they made it look smoother and used slats on the intakes ... like the TestaRossa, not all Lamborghini fans loved this 'toned down' styling actually, but still it outsold every Countach version before it with 675 units ... so much for a 'limited edition' as it was originally introduced. In fact this Celebration (as it was also called) model was not supposed to be built ... in 1988 when the company was founded 25 years ago, the Diablo should have been ready, but with Chrysler taking over in April '87 the original plans for the Diablo were scrapped and they started all over (the Cizeta Moroder V16 looks a lot like the Diablo should have looked) so they didn't finish a new model in time, Horacio Pagani (yes the same one who builds the Zonda) quickly designed a mildly modified body onto the QV basics .... a new model without the hassle of certification and regulations.
 

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Thanks for the history lesson lambodiecast. I am always interested to learn more about Lamborghini history.

Is it called LP500 or LP5000? I always get confused by the Countach numbering. I thought I saw the word LP5000 QV a few times.
factory official documents call it the LP500 S and LP500 Quattrovalvole, the only time the factory used LP5000 was for the 1971 prototype.
 

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Nice model and history lesson. The Countach was in the first LP400-version a rather sofisticated and elegant design which became more crude and "rough" as the years passed - adding brutality, but the elegance was lost... :)
 

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Thanks for the potted history Mark - that should clear up any further confusion!
 

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Thanks for the pics and the info! I had this book called "Dream Cars" when I was a kid and I always drooled over a pic in it of a white Countach.... so I've always associated white (and red) with it more so than any other colors.

Your post is also very timely as I'll be looking to add a countach next - just wondering, how does the autoart compare to the Kyosho?
 

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Well, this is a shot of the black AutoArt I own :


and it sure looks very nice, especially with that white interior with red piping used in the black one (the white AUTOart has a black interior I think while their red one also has this white interior, as I already owned the red Kyosho one I searched for this black one for many years to be honest ... and found it for only 125 Euro, a very nice price) ... but I've got a few issues with it : the wheels aren't the correct shade, they are a bit 'darker' compared to the real ones, those headlights just look too small in their pod ... and that blue sticker at the back is so out of place (it's a dealer sticker ... how daft is that !)

But I must admit that other than that it looks very, very good, and I wouldn't be able to advice one way or the other ... BUT ... at this moment you can buy the new Kyosho release for a normal price, adding an AutoArt Countach to your collection will cost a lot more ... about triple the price, so right now I would say : get the yellow or the red Kyosho !

If you want to see more images on this black AutoArt Countach take a look at my review on it.
 

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Well, this is a shot of the black AutoArt I own :
and it sure looks very nice, especially with that white interior with red piping used in the black one (the white AUTOart has a black interior I think while their red one also has this white interior, as I already owned the red Kyosho one I searched for this black one for many years to be honest ... and found it for only 125 Euro, a very nice price) ... but I've got a few issues with it : the wheels aren't the correct shade, they are a bit 'darker' compared to the real ones, those headlights just look too small in their pod ... and that blue sticker at the back is so out of place (it's a dealer sticker ... how daft is that !)

But I must admit that other than that it looks very, very good, and I wouldn't be able to advice one way or the other ... BUT ... at this moment you can buy the new Kyosho release for a normal price, adding an AutoArt Countach to your collection will cost a lot more ... about triple the price, so right now I would say : get the yellow or the red Kyosho !

If you want to see more images on this black AutoArt Countach take a look at my review on it.
Kyosho it is, then. Was looking through pics and indeed there seemed to be nothing in it between the two. My last two purchases have been Kyosho's (my first 2 Kyoshos ever... shockingly) and I'm super impressed by both (Miura P400 S and their new release Stratos) so definitely no hesitation with that.
Thanks again for the info and btw love your website!
 
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