Lamborghini has unveiled a spiritual successor to the Countach, one of the brand’s finest and most innovative designs of their classic lineup. It’s based on the Aventador – of course – and only 112 units will be built and sold. I’m sure you’re already getting the vibe that, with yet another of the brand’s models being based on the already-old Aventador, we’re not such a fan of the new model. But what does the creator of the original Countach think?
Marcello Gandini, who was also involved with the design of other Lamborghinis such as the Espada, Jarama, Miura, and Diablo, recently made an official statement about the new Countach. Gandini didn’t like the idea. In fact, he released a statement to quell any rumours that might swing the other way.
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He said the following:
I have built my identity as a designer, especially when working on supercars for Lamborghini, on a unique concept: each new model I would work on would be an innovation, a breaker, something completely different from the previous one. Courage, the ability to create a break without sticking to the success of the previous car, the confidence of not wanting to give in to habit were the very essence of my work. It is clear that markets and marketing itself has changed a lot since then, but as far as I am concerned, to repeat a model of the past, represents in my opinion the negation of the founding principles of my DNA.
“Marcello Gandini clarifies that he has not participated in and does not approve the project, that he didn’t give his placet.”
It turns out Mitja Bokert, the head of Lamborghini’s design department, had a conversation with Gandini last spring and a scale model was discussed. The project was supposedly not given to Gandini as a potential low-series production mode at any time during the interview, according to the legendary designer. He did not offer his endorsement or approval of the initiative.
“Thus, Marcello Gandini would like to reaffirm that he had no role in this operation, and as the author and creator of the original design from 1971, would like to clarify that the makeover does not reflect his spirit and his vision,” the statement read.
Talking personally, I’m not sure the makeover of the Aventador reflects anyone’s view of what a future Countach should look like. To us, it’s a cash cow, and I think Gandini agrees.