This car was sold new in late 1979 by Hubert Hahne, the primary Lamborghini dealer in Europe at the time. Hahne was based in Dusseldorf, Germany. The original owner of 112.1094 is unknown (I tried to find the orgianal owner over a 12 year period with no luck!). The car apparently stayed in Europe (Germany?) until 1984 when it was imported into the USA as an “exempt” car. Thus, it has no emission equipment and is essentially “European stock” in all respects except side marker lights and DOT glass. I have all the DOT, EPA and US Customs paperwork and these have been verified by DOT’s importation expert (Dick Merritt actually signed the DOT forms for this car when it came into the USA).
The second owner of the car had it only a short time but put a hole in one piston and his Florida bank repossessed the car. The car was then bought by a former employee of Jaguar who had considerable automotive experience and owned other exotic cars. He rebuilt the motor and attended to many other details. The car went through a dealer in Virginia (Jim Phalen) for a short time and then went to the owner of a small car collection on Long Island, NY. The car was driven little over several years. He sold it to a reputable dealer in western Connecticut (Forza) and I bought the car from Peter Sweeney at Forza. Thus, I seem to be the 5th owner (not including the Florida bank and two dealers).
David standing by 112.1094 in 1995 outside Forza’s garages in Connecticut. The scissor doors (or “quillotine” doors) started with the Countach prototype in 1971 and have been used on all V12 Lamborghinis since then.
The car in Connecticut just after the change in ownership papers had signed. The car is still on Pirelli P7 tires. Note the width of the rear tires; this assures plenty of rubber for high speed cornering.
I searched for an early Countach (that was in my price range) for nearly 7 years. I wanted an early, simple car without all the high tech things that can go wrong and are difficult to replace or repair. I loved the black/tan combination as my 1964 E-type OTS was also black/tan. It was hard to sell the splendid E-type Jaguar but the opportunity to enjoy an early Countach soon made the decision easier.
The car was shipped to Colorado and this shot shows it’s first cleanup. Adequate storage space is found in the front and rear trunks.
The engine bay was very clean when I bought the car. The 6 Weber carberators dominate the top of the engine. Note, the carbs are positioned between the cam boxes, rather than between the heads.
May, 1995 in my back yard. The paint and glass attract reflections as much as they do curious spectators and admirers. Note the single, large windshield wiper.
May, 1995. The paper cutter doors are a signature of V12 Lamborghinis since the early 1970’s. The car is very low to the ground. Passing Colorado emissions requirements were a challenge for the first 10 years of ownership.
May, 1995. The car seems menacing, lurking in the grass. Automobile enthusiasts are still learning to appreciate Mancello Gandini’s creative genius. Of course he is an Italian. But to have designed the Carabo, Miura, Espada, Countach, and Diablo (and many one-off prototypes) is truly remarkable.