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Mike,

The quick answer is yes there is a Euro front bumper, but it does not meet minimum US bumper height... might not be able to register the car in some states.

If you go to the ILR you can see many Countachs with the beatuiful Euro bumper.
 

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jalpa_mike said:
Seeing this Countach brings up a question....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=4517759136&category=6290

I've always liked the white/white Countach, but is there a "Euro" front bumper conversion available? Those huge USA front bumpers ruin the looks of the car.

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Milke,

I also love the white/white euro countach. have been lucky to own 3 euro countach's. I also know that car on ebay and it is a HEAP! I can not begin to tell you all that is wrong with that car besides the bumpers. If your looking for a white euro countach to buy PM me and I'll get you my phone # I know of one for sale for a good price.

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Bad history Countach

I know this thread is old but I was looking for some Countach info when I came across this. Just in case somebody did not know, this car #JLA12343 spun out and hit a pole at 40mph and smashed in the rear end. It was not repaired correctly. Even in the pictures you can see the rear flares are not up against the body. It has been on ebay several times and the seller does not disclose previous damage. You can hit the ebay link to see who is selling it. Last I heard it is still in Texas and even heard a story that the seller bids on it while it's on ebay. Tony Lambo is right = STAY AWAY
 

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I purchased this car from the fellow in Texas. It is now in Australia. We started the restoration in December 2008. It has had new suspension rods and heim joints in the rear suspension. New Engine Mounts, Engine Re-Seal, Rewired Electricals, Hubs and bearings rebuilt, new fuel accumulators, new fuel lines and an original exhaust. I understand that this car was involved in a minor accident which damaged the rear rhs quarter and the boot lid and the centre rear. Apart from the patched boot lid which will be replaced, the rest of the car is quite good and straight. I have had it on a jig and it aligns well. It drives and tracks well. Engine starts first time and shows no signs of trouble. Valve clearances good. I have pulled it to bits and am happy with the overall condition of the car compared with the price i paid. Next it is going into the body shop for a Euro bar, new boot lid and a general minor tidy up. Interior has cleaned up well. New carpets. Everything back to original and everything works. It seems many hands have worked on the car over the years, with people not really knowing what they were doing. All recitified now by Lamborghini specialist in Australia. I am quite confident that this car will get to concourse condition. I have obtained a set of lambo owners manuals. Now searching for a tool kit to complete the restoration.

Any history on this car would be appreciated.

I have remanufactured the heim joints and suspension rods for the rear end. I have made 5 sets. Have 4 sets available for sale.

4 x 005209538 Upper Joint Left Hand Thread See Diagram part 20 & 21
6 x 005209535 Lower Joint Right Hand Thread See Diagram part 24 & 23
4 x 005213175 Lower Rear Arm Pipe See Diagram part 22
2 x 005213572 Lower Arm Pipe (Long Tube) See Diagram part 34


If any one interested please contact me.
 

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Its all finished

This car is all finished.


Euro front bar
New boot lid.(New trunk lid)we had to have one custom made since they are no longer available.

We also replaced the floor in the trunk and all the rear panels between the tail lights (brand new from Italy.)

The rear has been converted to euro style.

All quality workmanship.

Now we are just drying out the moisture in the rear wing before painting and putiing back on the car.

Wow this car looks a million bucks now and drives fantastic!
 

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First we gave it a very good clean.
Fixed the electricals. wiring etc.
Got everything working.
Cleaned overspray off wiring and connectors and other things.
New rubber weather seals, new carpets, re coloured the original leather that was in good condition, only dirty.

Then it went in for a full mechanical and suspension overhall including hubs.
Removed the 6 pipe sports exhaust and fitted an original exhaust.


Then we fitted the Euro Front Bumper.
Repainted the rims.
 

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Congrats, nice work...job well done.
+1 on the tail lights, nicer look.

Who mfg'ed the 6 pipe exhaust? I don't recall ever seeing one before, thankfully. Much better with the dual tips.

Great Job!!!! Enjoy it.
 

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The exhaust was terrible.
Someone had removed the original and hand made up this rubbish.

Straight through from the headers, simply 2 hollowed out mufflers with 3 in and 3 out pipes. One of the in pipes was blanked out.

A really bad job. It was obnoxiously loud.

It now has an original exhaust taken from a QV5000 DD that a friend of mine had left over when he bought a sports exhaust for his car.

What surprises me is that this Countach was easy to bring back to a great car.

Why did the previous owners just do half arsed repairs?
It does not take that much more effort or money to repair something properly.

Is this type of bad workmanship common in USA?

In Australia these cars are only owned by passionate people.
A Countach sells for $300K-$500K here.
Why would we skimp out on doing the job right the first time?
 

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The exhaust was terrible.
Someone had removed the original and hand made up this rubbish.

Straight through from the headers, simply 2 hollowed out mufflers with 3 in and 3 out pipes. One of the in pipes was blanked out.

A really bad job. It was obnoxiously loud.

It now has an original exhaust taken from a QV5000 DD that a friend of mine had left over when he bought a sports exhaust for his car.

What surprises me is that this Countach was easy to bring back to a great car.

Why did the previous owners just do half arsed repairs?
It does not take that much more effort or money to repair something properly.

Is this type of bad workmanship common in USA?

In Australia these cars are only owned by passionate people.
A Countach sells for $300K-$500K here.
Why would we skimp out on doing the job right the first time?
Dean:

The exhaust on your Countach sounds like what someone did on my Jalpa!! It was AWFUL!!! Looked like someone learned welding skills while working on it!

Mike
 

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that's correct.

I reckon the blanking plate was welded by a 5 year old child.

It had a couple or very poor spot welds and large gaps between the blanking plate and muffler.


Is this [email protected] common in the USA?

I find most cars imported here are absolute horrors.

My countach had 12mm of body filler in the trunk lid.
Surely it would have been easier to replace it.
My trunk lid only cost $350 to hand make a new skin.

A friend of mine imported a vehicle that had squirrels nesting in the sill panels.

The workmanship we see in cars imported from the USA or UK is frightening, to the point where most Australians will only purchase exotics which were sold new in Australia.

When it comes time to selling a vehicle, the first question the buyer asks is

"Is is a local car or an import?"

If it is an import..forget selling it, unless it is a rare exotic like a Countach (which where not originally imported into Australia).

So if you have a privately imported "common exotic " such as a Gallardo, 360, 430, Murcie etc. they are very hard to sell here, because of all the bad workmanship that generally comes with a privately imported 2nd hand car.
 

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Finally the restoration is all finished.
Rear wing now on.

WOW I am impressed. This car is certainly a head turner.

Just goes to show, what was bagged in this thread is now the envy of many.

Dare anyone to go through it with a fine tooth comb and pick and faults.
 

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great!!
it now looks fabolous!!! :cool:

p.s. you need a good sport exhuast! the stock sistem sounds bad and is too heavy
 

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From my very limited experience, quite a few Lamborghinis have been hacked on here in the US. I don't know why. You can look at my Jalpa thread to see what I went through.

I found appalling stuff on my car. Then I had a certified Lamborghini shop make an even bigger mess. It was all sorted by Evans Auto, but the list of absurdly bad fixes was very very long. Like you say, much of it for no reason. It would have been only a small amount of additional effort to get it done right. I don't get it either, but I have seen it a few times and experienced it first hand.
 

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Deangpsx8,

I recently acquired a 25th Anniversary Countach US Version and i am planning to convert it so that it looks like the older models, 5000QV or LP500s. I am not fond of the new body kits and other 'modern' facelifts. Can you advise me on what parts to be replaced?

Parts to be replaced:

Eurobumpers
Wheel arches,
Air vents and air ducts at the rear fender
Plain body kit
Rear engine hood


Will appreciate your advise. Thank you.


LAMBOPHILS
 

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Deangpsx8,

I recently acquired a 25th Anniversary Countach US Version and i am planning to convert it so that it looks like the older models, 5000QV or LP500s. I am not fond of the new body kits and other 'modern' facelifts. Can you advise me on what parts to be replaced?

Parts to be replaced:

Eurobumpers
Wheel arches,
Air vents and air ducts at the rear fender
Plain body kit
Rear engine hood


Will appreciate your advise. Thank you.


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Oh i think you are out of luck.

From memory the 25th has slightly different front and rear guards.

I dont think a euro bar will fit on the front.
I dont think the rear lower bumper can be removed.

The last version that can be bought back to euro spec is the 88.5QV as far as i know.

May be i am wrong.

Any comments from others out there?
 
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