The Vicenza Classic Car Show opens with a tribute to Marcello Gandini, designer of the Lamborghini Miura and Countach |  Bellunopress

The Vicenza Classic Car Show opens with a tribute to Marcello Gandini, designer of the Lamborghini Miura and Countach | Bellunopress

Lamborghini Tribute to Gandini VCCS 2024- (MNR Credit Agency)
Lamborghini Miura, Tribute to Gandini VCCS 2024 (MNR Credit Agency)

Vicenza, 19 April 2024 – On a sunny day, the Vicenza Fair-IEG (Italian Exhibition Group) opens the doors of the first edition of the Vicenza Classic Car Show to the public of enthusiasts.

Six magnificent examples of the Lamborghini Miura and Lamborghini Countach in the Hall 7 Celebration Area pay homage to the genius of Marcello Gandini, who designed visionary and grandiose dream cars, which still represent true masterpieces today.

Miura is the name of the fighting bull breed, and also the name chosen by Lamborghini for one of the most successful car models of which a total of 782 examples were built from 1966 to 1972, in three versions. The P400, presented at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show, is the first true supercar to enter modern automotive history. Very low, streamlined, ugly, equipped with a rear central engine, novel at the time, which launches a new technological course and becomes a trademark. Thanks to the 12 cylinder engine 3929 cc. with 375 HP, the car claims a speed of 300 km / h.
Followed by the P400S version and finally the Miura SV version, in the most recent order.
Behind this dream car, there is clearly the contribution of three incredible protagonists in the automotive industry. The Eng. Paolo Dallara, head of the technical office at the time, Eng. Gian Paolo Stanzani, head of engine development and head of Carrozzeria Bertone Design, Marcello Gandini.

At the Vicenza Classic Car Show you can admire three P400S models, two yellow and one blue, in exciting original colors.

In 1973, still in the midst of the Miura epic, Marcello Gandini, still head of Carrozzeria Bertone, designed the Countach, born from the Miura’s strong character: head-turning beauty, inspired by the space hood. It’s almost impossible to believe that the rounded lines of the Miura and the angular lines of the Countach came from the same pencil, just a few years apart.
Legend has it that it was thanks to the excited comment of a Bertone employee in front of the car – that he left the expression of the Piedmont dialect “Countach!” which shows “strange” – the origin of the name of the car that for decades has proven itself not only as a great commercial success, but also as a true symbol of style.
The car, with a 3,929 cc rear engine (as reported in the LP acronym), is promising
exciting performances, it will be a great success in different variants called, respectively, LP 400, LP 400S, LP 500S, LP 500 4 valve and Countach 25 Anniversario, where the modification benefits from the contribution of another quality name: Horacio Pagani. .
In addition to the innovative beauty shown by the thin and angular lines on the low and light car and the tubular steel frame under the aluminum body, compared to the competition of the 70s the first Countach series also stood out in the market for its mechanics. , boasting a new engine solution, with the usual Lamborghini V12 placed in front of the rear axle but in a longitudinal position, with a gearbox at the front, to move the weight towards the center. The stylistic perfection was completed by the doors that open up (also called butterfly wings) which appeared on this model before any other Lamborghini and the removable direction lights.

Three different versions are on display at the Vicenza Exhibition Center: the blue LP 400S, the white LP 500 S and the blue LP 500 4 valves.

Sunday 21 April at 11.30 am, in the Lounge Room of Pavilion 7, Francesco Patti, author of the book “Lamborghini Countach” published by Giorgio Nada Editore and distributed by Libreria dell’Automobile, will meet Andrea Nicoletto, President of the Lamborghini Club. Italy and other visitors related to Lamborghini to remember the amazing designer, who passed away recently.