1980 Lamborghini Countach S Restoration from “Cannonball Run”

This 1980 Lamborghini Countach S is the subject of a sympathetic restoration by Tony Ierardi at Auto Italia in Florida. As it is the actual vehicle used in the filming of the 1981 cult-classic car movie “The Cannonball Run”, he decided to document a bit of it’s history and it’s much-needed refresh on a website that he created and dedicated solely for this car, which is linked below at the bottom of this page. We apologize in advance for no engine shots, and for the silly exhaust pipes, but, hey, what can be expected from a cheesy “comedy” from that era? So, how about we just turn a blind eye to both of those exceptions and move on, shall we?


Whenever there is mention of a Countach, our ears immediately perk up, especially when the topic is a movie car from a classic film that we enjoyed so much as a youth growing up in the 1980’s. There is still something about these car’s styling that only gets better with age. How long will it be before we can even to begin to say that about a Diablo? In our lifetime?
The first Countach prototype was styled by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio and then introduced at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. Very low at only 42 inches total in height, a new Gallardo dwarfs it’s flat, trapezoidal shape in overall size and dimension.
Only 105 of these Series II S’s were produced between 1980 and 1981, with a grand total of under 2,000 cars having been produced over it’s entire 16 year production span. Design, exclusivity and ego were paramount in the Countach era, with ergonomics, build quality and customer service hardly taking even a back seat in consideration. We would like to see a manufacturer try and get away that today. In the end, that was all part of it’s lust and appeal though, wasn’t it?
With it’s 4 liter, 375 horsepower engine and 345 mm wide rear Pirelli P7’s combined with a body shape penned by Bertone, no advertising was ever found necessary for these super cars. After all, there was never anything else like it on the road.  Nor since.
With exception to retaining it’s ridiculous original novelty 12 pipe exhaust from the movie, the finished product of this 1980 Lamborghini Countach S looks fantastic. 

4 Comments on 1980 Lamborghini Countach S Restoration from “Cannonball Run”

  1. Dear sir,

    I am searching for Lamborghini Countach LP400 VIN#: 1120040 yellow color and am willing to buy it in any condition at market value. I used this particular car in Beirut, Lebanon in 1974 and later brought it to the U.S. where I gave it to my brother who later sold it and the car has been lost since. My information has led me to believe that the car is in Florida.

    If you can locate the present owner, then we can make a deal.


    Elias W. Afara
    [email protected]

  2. Hello,

    First I have to say, that I like this site very much. I check up on it regularly and prefer this site over build-threads.com, because you are far more active! So thanks for that. However, I can’t find the website off the Countach anywhere on this page? Am I missing it or what?

  3. The EXHAUST is absolutely not silly !! It produces the most fantastic exhaust sound ever made !!
    Not even todays Ferrari´s ,Lambo´s etc. can get my goosebumps so big as these 12 wonderfull organ pipes !!

  4. Oh, totally agree but 12 pipes? 12?? One per cylinder? Love the car otherwise, but the 12 is a bit overboard in our book. And totally agree on modern Italian exotics being not nearly as exciting either. It has everything to do with how bloated, fat and overall huge they have gotten. Not sexy. Thanks for your reply!

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