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‘Cannonball Run’ Lamborghini Countach added to Nationwide Historic Automobile Register at Library of Congress

It’s the automobile that launched numerous unlawful excessive velocity drives throughout the U.S.

The black 1979 Lamborghini Countach featured in “The Cannonball Run” has been added to the Nationwide Historic Automobile Register of great vehicles, which is maintained by the Hagerty Driver’s Basis and a part of the Library of Congress assortment.

The 2-door coupe was featured within the movie’s opening credit score sequence being chased by a police automobile down a desert freeway and was entered within the eponymous cross-country race by characters performed by Adrienne Barbeau and Tara Buckman who — SPOILER ALERT — would go on to win.

“The Countach is a automobile that has excited and intrigued automobile lovers since its radical type shocked the world on its debut within the early ’70s,” Hagerty Drivers Basis govt director Jonathan Klinger stated.

“We’re thrilled to doc and share the historical past behind what might be probably the most well-known instance of the storied mannequin.”

The timing is fortuitous as Lamborghini is about to unveil a brand new Countach at Pebble Seaside to have a good time the mannequin’s 50th anniversary.

The automobile was loaned to the film by its unique proprietor, Terry Bernius, and bought from the set by Hawaiian Tropic founder Ron Rice, who was a good friend of star Burt Reynolds and frolicked hanging across the manufacturing.

Florida-based collector and “Cannonball” fanatic Jeff Ippoliti bought it from Rice in 2009 and instructed Fox Information Autos that “even to at the present time I can’t imagine that I personal this automobile.”

Ippoliti, who additionally owns the Lamborghini Diablo from “Dumb and Dumber” put the well-used Countach by means of a three-year restoration that restored it to its on-screen glory, full with entrance spoiler and 12 exhaust pipes.

Ippoliti stated he often drives it to present it some train or convey it to a automobile present, however is dedicated to preserving it in high situation and doesn’t assume he’ll ever promote it.

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The automobile will probably be making a visit to Washington, D.C., in September, nonetheless, the place it is going to be displayed on the Nationwide Mall alongside different current entries to the register, together with a DeLorean from “Again to the Future.”

After that, Ippoliti will really get to reside out his teenage dream when he will get to drive the automobile in a reenactment of the opening scene for a documentary being made concerning the automobile. 

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