THE distinctively contemporary lines of the Lamborghini Countach, a legendary model celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has shaped the design of all subsequent Lamborghinis, even up to today’s models.
“There are works of art that always remain relevant, and the form of the Countach is one of them,” Lamborghini head of design Mitja Borkert said.
“Its design is comprised of perfect proportions, characterised by a very pure and essential approach. Its distinctive feature is the single longitudinal line that visually connects the front and rear parts,” he said.
“From a stylistic point of view, it’s a perfect inspiration because, even when the rest is modified, the line is an element of visual continuity between past and present. It’s the epitome of the DNA in all Lamborghini design, the tradition of the stylistic language from the origins to the present day.”
From the Aventador and Huracán, to the Sián and Urus, each one has been influenced by the Countach. Low and wide, the front view is characterised by diagonal lines on the hood, which are also repeated on the engine compartment.
It makes it immediately recognisable even from a distance. The shape of the passenger compartment, low and squared, combined with the typical slope of the windscreen, influenced the design of the various models that have followed the Countach.
It is precisely these shapes that have remained unchanged over the years, along with the particular and characteristic cut of the side windows, which make a Lamborghini easily identifiable at first glance.
The Countach introduced a futuristic style ahead of its time during the 1970s, an era of explosive creativity and one of the most significant moments for design. These were years of important social achievements, the space race, and geometrical fashion trends.
The advent of high tech with the development of modern computers, of individualism and the Jet Age, are all elements that influenced the stylistic choices of the Countach’s designer, Marcello Gandini.
Paired with the vision of Ferruccio Lamborghini, who believed right from the start in the revolutionary project, the Countach is still influencing the style of future Lamborghini models.