1980 Lamborghini Countach (copy)
10 Jan

Custom, Hand-Built 1980 Lamborghini Countach (copy)

Ever wonder what you could build in your basement with a cool set of tools? Ken knew exactly what he wanted to build after seeing the movie, Cannonball Run, and he had the skills to do it. Hence, the decade long project of building a Lamborghini Countach from scratch. Props to Ken’s wife who patiently supported his passion and the neighbors in Wisconsin who never complained about the noise from the TIG welder or the overspray after painting.

Emotions run deep, but Ken feels it is time to sell this one-of-a-kind supercar that turns heads everywhere. This car has attracted attention far beyond its Wisconsin roots and has been featured on Jalopnik, NPR, Regis and Kelly, Ripley’s Believe It or Not (2011), NCIS, and eBay’s Motor Master for 2009.

The car is a copy of a 1980 Lamborghini Countach (Euro-spec) and consists of the following:

  • All aluminum body weighing 2400 lbs.
  • Fiberglass wing, wheel arches, and chin spoiler per original
  • Lamborghini windshield with speed glass side windows
  • All steel tube space frame similar to the original
  • 377 Ford Cleveland, 12/1 comp., H-beam rods, big roller cam, gear drive, Crower rockers, S.S. Manley valves with ported 4V heads,48 IDA Webers built by Mickey at Inglese, MSD, 180 deg S.S. headers, the best of the best. Nothing over looked in building over 500 HP.
  • Pantera ZF 5-speed, Hyd clutch, alum flywheel, bell housing, and shifter
  • Twin aluminum Howie sprint car radiators. Never runs hot with twin 2400 cfm pusher fans. Oil cooler with twin remote race filters.
  • Highly modified Corvette C4 control arms, spindles, carriers and half shafts
  • Wilwood 4 piston Super Lites all around on 12” vented rotors and aluminum hats
  • Wilwood complete pedal setup with Wilwood MC and remote reservoirs
  • 15 gal. fuel cell, electric fuel pump, and sending unit
  • All functioning Auto Meter gauges including an electric 200 MPH
  • A competition style interior, MOMO seats, 5 point harness, splined steering wheel, 5 lb. Halon fire bottle, all anodized aluminum interior panels with heat and sound barrier rear bulkhead with removable access panel between seats
  • BBS rims with custom center sections. 16 x 12 and 16 X 10 currently with Hoosier racing slicks.

Bid on this unique car built with skill and passion: 1980 Lamborghini Countach (copy)

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  1. Mike B says:

    The car looks awesome and from the description it sounds as if can really fly. Just one question, how did you get it out of the basement???

    • Wormie says:

      search the net you’ll find info about it, they dug a hole, opended the cement block foundations and winched her out of there!

  2. Jace J says:

    This is absolutely astounding; great work! It’s a shame to see you selling it, although I understand your rationality.

    But shouldn’t you be selling it as a Lamborghini replica? After all, it doesn’t actually contain any actual Lamborghini parts mechanically; nor was it produced by Lamborghini (it’s probably more reliable, haha). But the listing has it posted as a Lamborghini Countach; when it’s actually a kit car.

    Again, I’m not taking anything away from what a massive accomplishment and amazing vehicle this is; but it isn’t genuine.

    • wayne jackson says:

      I was thinking that this is yet an amazing accomplishment by far one of the best i am sure But it is illegal to sell counterfeits knockoffs or bootlegs anything on ebay or anywhere in the USA but why is this allowed to even be sold on ebay>? OH its OK if it will bring in ebay $1000`s of dollars.. Simple answer I guess to my own question ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY SADLY…

      • Bilbo says:

        I’m sorry but it is a kit car. Anyone can do this given enough expertise and money.
        It is legal but as was mentioned earlier it should say kit car in the description.

    • Z says:

      As you say, “when it’s actually a kit car.” It’s not a kit. Hows it a kit when it “wasn’t purchased as a kit”. Let me answer that, it’s not a kit!

      It’s handbuilt! Don’t know how people are saying it’s a kit.

      The haters are complete idiots. Typical internet fools.

      I think it’s one of the best construction marvels in automotive history!

      WTG Ken!

      • John C. says:

        I don’t think people are hating on the car just the fact that is listed under Lamborghini instead of replica & kit makes. Hey as long as the purchaser is 100% clear of what it is then no harm no foul. Unless someone else who thought it was a real Lamborghini bid before him and drove up the price. I have to give Ken a thumbs up for his awesome work. Also have to say there are a few other Kit Lamborghinis also listed under Lamborghini as the make. Maybe this needs to be an eBay policy thing and not a Ken listed it wrong thing. Cheer’s

  3. cris c says:

    I have to say this is not a replica,nor it is an original countach, this is a car built by ken who took 17 years of his life to do it, perfect and with no flaws,so more than even an original lambo it has a very unique story behind,that alone is so awesome, and honestly there are not enough words to describe such beautiful work. whoever gets this car should be really honored to have this one very special lambo.

    • Steve says:

      Not a Very Special Lambo. A Imhoff ripoff . This auction needs to be pulled and Ken needs a Special Visit from Lambo’s legal Team.

      • Q says:

        I’m sure Lamborghini’s (including their legal team) is aware as this has been featured in multiple media outlets.

        They probably don’t care about one guy building a replica in his basement every 17 years based on a movie.

        It’s not like cranking these out in a factory somewhere and opening a Lamborgeenee dealership.

        They may even enjoyed the publicity (or made the conscious decision to not sound like a bunch of whiny asses… probably a good business move).

    • Matt Wyson says:

      I have been a race car/streetrod mechanic for 35 years. I would much rather have this build than an original. It’s also got my favorite engine in it. It should not have taken 17 years to build though.

  4. John C says:

    Wonderful work on a great car but I have to agree this should be listed under replica & kit makes.

  5. eBay Motors says:

    Thanks John!

  6. jjjj says:

    I first thought it was an original lambo. Now that I know it is copy I’m both amazed and scared because it looks like the original one but it scares me since there is no “certificate” that everything is “ok” or I would just feel uncomfortable driving at 100mph.

  7. maurizio says:

    I em interested of yhis replica lamborghini countach plis liw you phone or colmy 0039 3403766568 (Italy( tanks kind regardas

  8. Chris Calhoun says:

    Great project though I must agree with Wayne Jackson. eBay is definitely ALL about makin’ money, even at buyers’ expense. Their vehicle protection plan is a J.O.K.E.! A seller that receives negative feedback can pay $100 and the negative feedback will be removed. It’s all about the $$$.

  9. Steve says:

    This listing violates eBay’s rules and Lamborghini’s trademark and intellectual property rights. You cannot call this a Lamborghini or use the name Lamborghini in the title since this is not a Lamborghini and was not made by them. This listing should be pulled at once.

    • nicopernicus says:

      So apparently you have seen the title? I even notice there are no plates on the car, providing proof of registration in the state of Wisconsin. Curious as to how your speculating retains any facts. Most people shouting outrage on here do so with zero legal clarity….Why not simply accept the guy created a personal masterpiece with probably 10′s of thousands of hours involved in labor and investment…? Lambo most likely would be quite impressed and it puts there product in the spotlight front and center.

  10. mredburn says:

    I agree with Steve and Im surprised that Lamborghini hasnt sued for trademark infringement. I would also like to know how its titled. You may have trouble getting the title transferred into other states.

    • George says:

      Good thing he didn’t build a replica Mercedes 300SL. They would have attempted to confiscate it and have it destroyed, as they have done before.

  11. frank says:

    i doubt this car could be registered and driven on public roads. it is not dot approved. this is only to be used on track day.

  12. fmford says:

    Ken car verry neet, the idiot that tries to tear it apart should learn to read.[[[[ or engage brain before opening big mouth]]]]the add reads hand built COPY ..or to us car guys we call them cloan’s.Iwould buy it no problem if i had the money..anyway good job Ken…

    • steve says:

      fmford,

      You are the only idiot I can see here. Please learn how to spell before placing fingers on keyboard. Frank, A car does not have to be DOT approved to be used on US highways, it does need to meet US EPA and all US DOT saftey requirenmnets. This car does not meet US EPA or DOT specs. Ebay better not allow this car back on ebay with it in the Lamborghinisection or Lamborghini. Both violations of ebays rule. Joe MacFarlane needs to be fired for featuring cars and auctions that violate the rules. He does it all the time.

    • john says:

      whoever wrote the comentary doesn’t know good high quality work when he sees it, just because he might not be able to get it resgistered doesn’t mean it’s dangerous to drive, i did machine shop work for 31 years, it isn’t as difficult as it looks IF you know what you’re doing, and i bet the comentator never turned the first wrench either, i thinks it’s great, what ever you wanna call it!

  13. John says:

    Ken, How could you part with such a work of art? More than just a vehicle, it represents so much time, love and so many years of your life. Truly such a beauty deserves to belongs with the man who created it. No one will truly appreciate what you have created more than you. I am truly impressed and inspired by your stunning creation.

  14. Michael says:

    Wow, the eBay police is hard at it. Get a life people. He’s not trying to trick anyone. The car is impressive. The scary thing is that it’s probably better than the real thing. Italians aren’t known for quality. An American V8 with huge radiators will probably outlast the original V12 by s sizable margin. The natural habitat of most Italian supercars is up on a lift with the engine out. By the way, the real thing is probably cheaper than what he has in this thing.

    • John in San Diego says:

      “By the way, the real thing is probably cheaper than what he has in this thing.”

      Which is why he’s had it for sale for a couple of years now with no takers.

      A vintage exotic is an investment.

      A replica, no matter how good, is a novelty.

      I’m surprised he had bids at $75k.

  15. Kennedy says:

    In order to put a logo on a car and advertise it one must get the right to or they can get sued and I believe that Ken is smart enough to know that and as and I’m sure he might have to pay them a percent of the money and some sport car places are always looking for way to get better advertisement. I love the way the car look but from what it look like he might have also fallowed U.S DOT requirement he did a great job on the car.

  16. Magnum says:

    It’s interesting to speculate if this car is a “kit”, a “home built”, a “reproduction” a “knock off’ or a ? What if I take a genuine ’40 Ford chassis, and install one of the new, beautiful, all steel coupe bodies on it. These are absolute clones of the Henry’s original, but in the eyes of my state, it’s a ’40 Ford, because the serial number is on the frame. Thanks to repo ans NOS sources, it’s possible to create a 2013 “40 Ford” coupe that would fool the most avid Ford fan. Not long ago, some of the “genuine” Shelby Cobras and Ferraris were found to be recent builds after selling for big bucks to unsuspecting (too trusting?) buyers. I have to believe that anyone who will pay the price that this car will likely bring, will be well aware of its pedigree.

    • Why can’t you people just see that this man is a craftsmen and builds with his hands.I have been building one off customs for customer’s for 30 years, Can all you Negitive cats say that?

  17. John in San Diego says:

    Good luck getting this thing on any highway anywhere. Generally speaking with a home built you’ve still got to have an established starting point, AKA a frame with some existing VIN numbers, to get it registered with any kind of ease at the DMV. That’s why most kit cars were built on VW Beetle pans, they were cheap and plentiful and a low cost way to have a VIN number of an existing vehicle.
    Ken is surely a competent engineer but figuring each and every part on this is a one off and he’s not had the opportunity to do any kind of on the road durability testing I actually find what he’s done here to be highly irresponsible towards the personal safety of a potential buyer or anyone on the road near this thing.
    We can be sure he doesn’t have the product liability insurance expected of a major manufacturer. Most of the parts for the steering and suspension appear to be forged aluminum, as are many parts of the car. Aluminum has its limitations regarding vibration and fatigue cycles.
    So what’s going to happen when this thing is blasting down a crowded freeway at 100 mph and a ball joint mount cracks and puts it into a bus full of orphans on their way to Sunday school? “Sorry, it looked good enough that night I machined it, maybe the fact I was working 18 hours a day had something to do with it….”
    This is probably best destined for a museum, and I know the perfect place for it:

    Back in Ken’s basement.

    • Ken in Glen Rock says:

      John in San Diego is a dick-head and probably a lawyer as well (pretending to be an engineer). I’d take this car any day rather than a VW Pan that some California stoner turned into a hot rod. Get a life John and look at that Camry sitting in your driveway next to the minivan. You are pathetic.

    • nicopernicus says:

      Complete and Utter Nonsense…Get yourself a government job and apply all the reg’s and metallurgy malarkey to yourself and leave the rest of us out of it…In one fell swoop you took a spectacular example of craftsmanship and have it mowing down your illegitimate kids without having been within 4000 miles of it in one long-winded pile of utter rubbish.

  18. bullardc says:

    most race cars that do 200 plus and stock cars are handbuilt, as off the shelf cars are not good enough for the abuse a racetrack dishes out. his car is probably better in many respects. certainly better than the pintos still on the road. which do you think is safer?

    • John in San Diego says:

      Some of that is true to a point- however when you build a circle track racer or anything of the sort you still buy most of the components off the shelf from suppliers and the specifications for the parts follow regulatory requirements by sanctioning bodies. Each part sees hundreds of examples produced, if one is deficient in design this will be evident quickly. While racers do commonly fabricate body panels and spoilers, parts like control arms, struts, etc, aren’t something they commonly dust off the CNC lathe and whip up one night.
      (Each car as a whole is a one off, but filled with proven parts- as is Ken’s engine. What’s worrisome is so many critical parts being one of a kind and not subject to any evaluations for failure or durability, in a vehicle which begs to be pushed to extremes on public roads)
      However Ken is not a racing team, selling a race car that has been proven with many hours testing on the track, and will only be operated in the company of other racers who’ve all signed waiver agreements, on an insured race track.
      Pintos on the road? Well 3 million were built and over the years 29 people died in fires. Overall no better or worse than typical designs.
      Perhaps in that you’ve made the best argument for me. What you’re buying (and driving) here may as well be the first and only Pinto. You’re the one who gets to find out they explode and won’t have Ford to sue.

  19. G.L. says:

    Hey John. Shut up. Who are you? The EBay Nazi? lmfao

  20. That guy on a computer says:

    John from San Diego is a douche pad.

  21. fozziebear says:

    Just a cuple issues here: 1) It will indeed be very difficult to register this “homebuilt” in most states, probably impossible in California. 2) Does it not trouble anyone that his auto bears the badge of Lamborghini but has never been anywhere near Sant’Agata? What’s next, a really high-quality Rolex “replica” being listed for sale on eBay? This car is in violation of trademark laws and should not be eligible for sale on eBay. I don’t know why the builder didn’t construct something new and original, using his talent and knowledge, instead of building just another (albeit high quality) knock-off. And, John in San Diego isn’t the issue here.

  22. David says:

    I think your all idiots and a work of art like this should be appreciated

  23. travis barona says:

    Man I knew there were a lot of dumb people in the world, I didn’t know I’d find most of them commenting in here.

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  25. Sarah Hoag says:

    I would like to give huge respect to Ken Imhoff as he is my uncle and I have seen this car built from the ground up. I was personally able to see this piece of art be painstakingly built over the years with his family always by his side. I am proud to have Ken as an uncle and this is a huge accomplishment for anyone! We should all be able to respect each other’s opinions but the bottom line here is the car, the hard work and dedication it took to accomplish this feat, and have the love and support of his family! We should all be so lucky!

    • Derek Mau says:

      Hey, Sarah

      Thanks for posting up and letting us know how dedicated your uncle was towards building his dream project. We agree it was a huge feat and it took a lot of skill, heart, and passion to see it built to completion.

      Forza!

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