Forbidden Dreams: The Liberty Walk Countach

Of all the overfender-equipped creations that have come from the spirit of Liberty Walk Wataru Katothe car you’re looking at is probably the most sedate.

That’s not to say the LBW Lamborghini Countach didn’t make an impression when it was first shown to the world at the Tokyo Motor Show 2024. On the contrary. An equal amount of love and hate followed the reveal – as there always is with any custom collectible classic.

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The Liberty Walk Countach could never have hit as hard as Kato-san’s The beefed-up Ferrari F40 did that last year. If you think about it, that would be an impossible task. What the LBW Countach has done, however, is prove that wide-body conversions can be tasteful.

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It’s all down to the premise, as the 25th anniversary Countach was fitted with fenders from Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory.

Penned by Horacio Pagani during his design stint at Lamborghini, the 25th Anniversary model took the late Marcello Gandini’s iconic Countach silhouette and subjected it to an intense gym session. The result was pumped-up front and rear fenders and protruding air vents, spoilers and lips, which together made the car an almost caricature-like evolution of the base model.

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Liberty Walk did the same – on top of Countach’s 25th anniversary redesign.

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By emphasizing the overfender treatment, the LBW Countach is not only thicker, but also has a Japanese bosozoku feel about it.

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The wider, redefined and re-profiled fender flares connect to a squarer, more projecting bumper topped by a flat-lip spoiler and a pair of canards.

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But it’s in the back where things really get wild.

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The massive rear wing is mounted on struts that emerge from underneath the car and to which the dramatic-looking diffuser is attached. There also hides an intricate exhaust system, which screams a V12 symphony through its four upward-pointing tips.

Despite all this complexity, I think the rear end looks cleaner than the standard 25th Anniversary Countach. This is because the bumper section has been removed – as has the body-coloured grille panel – and replaced with carbon fiber and the Toyo Tire logo.

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The LBW kit features air suspension, allowing the car to be dumped right to the ground for maximum effect.

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Walking along for the shoot was something familiar.

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For 2024, Liberty Walk has wrapped its 2023 TAS showstopper in blue and put it on a new set of wheels. The new color ensures that it remains relevant. Not that an F40 with rear fenders could ever fade into the background.

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It was the perfect car to accompany the new 2024 project.

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The question must be asked: which one does it for you? The F40?

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…or the Countach?

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It’s a difficult choice. Both cars hit hard and for different reasons. The F40 for upsetting the purists, and the Countach for executing the LBW overfender look so good.

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Since I had the most talked about car of TAS 2024 at my disposal, I had to make use of Tokyo’s many iconic car backgrounds for the shoot.

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So before the LBW boys returned to Nagoya, we headed to Ginza’s main shopping street.

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The Countach felt completely at home here. The perfect accessory to show off in one of Tokyo’s wealthiest neighborhoods.

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Sitting an inch off the ground it looked like aggression personified.

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You must hand it to Kato-san; he never fails in this game.

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He does it year after year, show after show, to the point that you have to wonder what his next move will be.

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If the rumor mill is true, he could be going crazy for one sincerely Lamborghini Miura follows. If you remember, he previously customized a Miura kit car, but maybe the replica just didn’t measure up in his eyes. I wonder what Marcello Gandini would think about that…

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