Eight things you need to know about the Lamborghini Countach
Top Gear Magazine’s Jack Rix shows you in eight ways why the LP400 Periscopo rules them all.
The Lamborghini Countach turned 50 this year, the original 5-Liter prototype that is, the first production Countach, the LP400 at that time, was only made in 1974, and it received a very interesting nickname … the Periscopo, because there was actually an indent in the roof with a glass panel that allowed the view from the interior rearview mirror to pass over the roof … like a periscope, hence the Italian name Periscopo.
Between 1974 and 1978 a total of 150 of these narrow body, Countach LP400 Periscopo were built, in 1978 the Countach S, or LP400 S was introduced, after Walter Wolf, a Canadian millionaire with a famous F1 team had two Countach LP400 modified to use wide Pirelli tires on massive Bravo style wheels … Lamborghini saw the potential of such an extreme interpretation of the original Countach that they made it a production model … intended to be built alongside the LP400, but after customers saw the more aggressive LP400 S, orders for the ‘non-S’ dried up and Ferruccio halted production.
Top Gear Magazine’s Jack Rix shows you in eight ways why the LP400 Periscopo rules them all in a new video: