According to former racing driver and Monaco-based supercar dealer Raul Marchisio, a Lamborghini Countach is made of 2048 parts, give or take. And thanks to the work of a young Horacio Pagani, some of those parts on the 1988-1991 25th Anniversary Edition cars were made of high-tech, lightweight composites.
You see, in April 1987, Chrysler bought Lamborghini. Chrysler bigwigs weren't satisfied with prototypes for Lamborghini's next car, the Marcello Gandini-designed Diablo concept of 1985. Detroit delayed the project, which angered Gandini so much, he adapted his original design and made the mysterious Cizeta-Moroder V16T. Meanwhile, Pagani had developed a composite Countach Evoluzione, showcasing the cutting edge of lightweight materials. Lamborghini decided to give the Countach a new body, interior and suspension system, without changing so much that it would require re-homologation.
The Countach might have debuted in 1974, but the 1988 body and aero package was all Pagani's creation, while the suspension was retuned by racing driver Sandro Munari, who knew how to get the most out of Pirelli's new P Zero tires. That meant this heavily upgraded 25th Anniversary Edition was so improved, it became the most popular variant, with before the Diablo took over.
Italian-born Raul Marchisio, who's been a supercar dealer in Monaco for a while, started out with karting. Then he made the jump into rallying, driving Fiat Uno Turbos, Lancia Delta Integrales, Peugeot 106 XSIs, Audi Coupe S2s, Ford Escort RS Cosworths and Williams Clios. His racing career hit the wall after an accident, so he became an entrepreneur. And it must have worked out, since today he drives a 1988 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition, a poster car he never intends to sell.