Custom Chevy-Powered Countach Replica is Nowhere Near as Bad as You'd Expect

lamborghini replica for saleMy “poster car” growing up was the Countach. While it was well past its prime by the late ’80s/early ’90s, my preteen brain couldn’t see past the proportions, cylinder count and wing to believe it was anything other than the ultimate mega everything.

With that in mind, I empathize with those who decide to make one themselves. Obviously, there’s a spectrum from bad Fiero kits up to Ken Imhoff’s “Basement Lamborghini”. Barring Avogadro’s Number of details, this seems to be somewhere in the middle: complete custom tube chassis, twin-turbo Chevy small block power, but still a ZF 5-speed between the rear wheels. This one’s got the proportions right, and has a number of actual Lambo parts incorportated, but is definitely a collection of fiberglass copy-panels. That said, if you’ve ever looked at a Countach up-close for more than 30 seconds, you’ll notice the build quality’s not much past a high-end kit car…so maybe side-by-side with a weathered Countach it wouldn’t show too badly. It did actually run in 1997, but has been stored since.

Anyway, this is an estate-sale situation where it seems the builder’s gone on to the great auto shop in the sky. His brother’s selling everything as-is, where-is in Southfield, Michigan. The reserve’s met at a mere $4550 as I type this, which is probably close to the part-out value of everything included.

1980 Lamborghini Countach replica for sale – eBay Motors

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  1. Tanshanomi Avatar

    Yes, it’s totally safe to assume that this project will be utterly free of unforeseen complications.

    1. Bozi Avatar

      Yes, Just needs a little paint and some elbow grease

      1. Anthony Evans Avatar
        Anthony Evans

        It’s 95% complete! The rest is a piece of cake, a weekend’s worth of work.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    Other than the V-12 sound, this could probably be made faster and better than the real thing. I had a chance to see a Countach up close. The build quality on this couldn’t be any worse.

    1. Cool_Cadillac_Cat Avatar

      Agreed on the build quality.
      The first time I got to be close to a real Countach for a while, I was borderline horrified by how kit-car it looked.

  3. Bozi Avatar

    The twin turbo setup is interesting but other than that I am not a huge replica guy

  4. smokyburnout Avatar

    Seems like a good candidate for one of these
    also looks like it includes a set of fiberglass phone-dial wheel hubcaps?

  5. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    I’m not a fan of replicars (except for a select few), but this intrigued me when I stumbled upon it the other day. It’s cheap, and appears to be of a decent quality. It’s pretty close to me. I’m sure I could give up one of my spare Jag V12s to give this the proper V12 wail (or at least more proper than a Chevy V8)
    I just couldn’t bring myself to build a fake Countach (or finish building a fake Countach). I know that it’s just a perception problem. I think that I would always consider it a fake Countach, and not a replica Countach.

  6. Cameron Vanderhorst Avatar
    Cameron Vanderhorst

    I’m not a fan of replicas or kit cars (although I’m willing to bet that some replicas are actually finished BETTER than the originals, from what I’ve seen…) but the proportions of this car look VERY good. Apparently it uses actual Lamborghini glass, according to the seller.