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Autoart's Lamborghini Countach an eyeful

By Mark Savage
Published: October 29, 2013
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It's hard not to be wowed by most Autoart Signature Series models, and this diecast is near its peak. There's a lot of "wow" factor with a bright orange Lamborghini Countach LP400. You may need sunglasses to examine it up close.

Countach was the first Lamborghini to go full bore with the wedge shape and sharp angles front to rear. It was launched at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show and praised for breaking through the styling envelope and taking the wedge shape to an extreme.

Some folks consider Countach the first true supercar, and it's hard to argue that, at least from a styling standpoint. This vehicle broke all the rules and norms.

Performance was no slouch, either. The 1:1 car got its power from a monster midengine V-12 that made 375 horsepower — considerable power for the time — and with aluminum body panels it had a great power-to-weight ratio. Under that lightweight body was a space-frame made from curved 40mm tubular steel for strength, too.

Countach was produced from 1974 through 1990 as the bullish Italian carmaker continued to press the styling envelope with new models such as the Diablo, Gallardo, and Aventador. The LP400 was made only until 1978, when an LP500 was offered.
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Autoart's model is highly detailed — which you'd expect at this price — being a Signature Series model. The impressive Lamborghini is made of 291 parts, including 21 zinc diecast bits. More than 100 others are photoetched or made of other metal.

Paint, fit, and finish are stellar to give the car a high-end look, plus Autoart uses fabulous photoetched grilles on the air inlets to give it a realistic appearance up close. Autoart tells us the car gets 106 freehand spray painting passes to get such an even, deep, and rich finish.

The car features pop-up headlights operated by a lever under its nose, plus the car's scisssor-style doors open wide to reveal a beautifully detailed dash with all sorts of dials and knobs that look realistic. Lamborghini's low-slung tan designer seats almost look like modern lounge chairs. A bold gear shift sticks up from the console too, with the gear shift pattern printed atop the black ball knob. Seat belts are realistic, with well-defined buckles.

The hood opens to reveal the spare tire, and the rear hatch flips up to show off the well-detailed and wired V-12. The blood red wiring is coiled and delivers an authentic look. One small thing of note: The tires have no brand markings on them, but are treaded. Wheels are plain matte silver, so all your focus is on the car's fabulous body.

Headlights and taillights look realistic, and the front black-sealed running lights and turn signals are especially well done. In back are two dual exhausts. Imagine the roar that came from those on the 1:1 car!

Only 150 of these limited production Countach models were made, so collectors have a much better chance of snagging an Autoart edition of the LP400. If you do land one, it'll be a conversation starter, especially in this eye-popping bright orange!

Vital Stats
Product: Lamborghini Countach LP400
Maker: Autoart
Scale: 1/18
Stock No.: 74647
MSRP: $219.90

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