Lamborghini Countach Quattrovalvole

Ferruccio Lamborghini, a successful Italian tractor manufacturer, began producing his own cars in 1964. The wildy dramatic mid-engine Countach that debuted ten years later established him as the foremost producer of exotic automobiles.

Its extreme forward seating position and pronounced wedge shape signaled a departure from typical supercar design practice and the car an ultra advanced, other wordly look that appealed to wealthy buyers throughout the world.

Built in 1974 through 1990, the Countach was not initially available in the United States although several were imported as "gray market" cars and individually brought to compliance with the then-current emissions and safety regulations through a laborious certification process.

The name Countach is an italian term normally used by men to express astonishment at the sight of an extremely beautiful woman. A mere 2,042 cars were built during the Countach's 16-year production run.

Source: Peterson Automotive Museum

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