For a generation of movie and car fans, Cannonball Run has long lived in memory. That couldn’t be missing, with an opening streak featuring this black Countach screaming through the Las Vegas desert. Before the internet, see the infamous coast-to-coast feature-length race (albeit a fictional and very wacky movie littered with big stars) with a Lamborghini as the one. Featured Cars was a look into another world for impressionable Burt Reynolds fans.
First released 40 years ago – yes, really – Cannonball Run just received another accolade. Or rather, the Lamborghini has. The Countach 1121112 chassis, a black LP400S with a mustard yellow interior, was included in the United States Library of Congress National Register of Historic Vehicles’ cars shortlist “considered to be of national importance to the United States. “.
Yes, it’s true. The Countach driven by Tara Buckman and Adrienne Barbeau with its memorable effect is only the 30th car on the list; Since the others included the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé, the world’s oldest known jeep (a Ford Model GP driver), the first Indianapolis 500 winner and the 15 millionth Model T, he runs an illustrious company. The car is exactly as it looked in the movie, having only been two owners over the past 40 years: the idiosyncratic front spoiler, dual headlamps, three antennas and 12 (!) Exhausts remain present and correct.
To mark the occasion, the Countach is on display at the National Mall this week, there for all to see in a large glass box. A little more prosaically but just as important, the inclusion on the shortlist means that the entire history of the car will be scanned and copied in 3D, to be kept in the Library of Congress. Quite a feat for the hero car from a wacky 1981 comedy film, otherwise famous for the looks of Jackie Chan and some truly terrific shots.
But, as we know, the Countach was more than just a supercar; for many, it characterizes the era and its manufacturer even better than anything else on four wheels. There’s a reason Lamborghini chose to resurrect the Countach badge, after all, and surely why the car was sunk in the first place. What else could be chosen to sum up the glamor and thrill of driving from Manhattan to Redondo Beach in 1981 than a Countach?
We couldn’t leave news of this magnitude to the footage either. See YouTube videos below – imagine trying to explain this back in 1981 – of that iconic opening scene as well as Countach’s run-ins with the law during the film. Oddly enough, Lamborghini makes no mention of the Countach drivers in today’s announcement, but hats off to them too …