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Words by : Ray Ng, Photos by : Ken Imhoff,, Video by: Ken Imhoff, FFJournal Youtube Channel

Be prepared for a picture laden post here. I have full respect for Ken Imhoff, he hand-built a ┬áreplica Lamborghini Countach in his basement. Some of you may have seen this gem online on Jalopnik in 2008, but such effort is worth sharing and giving it more attention! Maybe the photos nearer to the end would show the extent of his passion for those who haven’t come across this beauty. And for further details there’s a Youtube video link below for the full run-down of the car. Enjoy!

This is the beauty.

The project started of in 1990. A whole year was spent on making the wooden forming buck to shape the body panels to. The measurements were from the combination of a 1:16 scale model and measuring a real car.

A view from the rear.

Fully functioning iconic doors.

That's a Ford Cleveland engine, with custom fab trumpets.

That is how it started life in Ken's basement after getting measurements.

According to him the arch shape of the wheel house is one of the hardest to make.

The space within his basement is rather constrained.

The sheet aluminium is shaped using an English roller, popular with fabricators.

Not a single detail compromised.

Doing all these with family commitments is hard to balance. But he did it. Respect.

The gearbox for this masterpiece.

It's time to get rid of the wooden frame and now for the tubular chassis.

Aligning the control arms in place.

The powerplant for this Lamborghini.

Imagine the amount of effort to get everything aligned properly.

Below are hand built stainless steel 180 deg. headers with 12″ long racing mufflers.

Custom fabricated headers.

Now to get the body panels back on for fitment.

Taking shape.

Further reinforcements.

Fuel cell installed up front.

Wheels are fitted to mock up.

Seats and dashboard in, gaps for the scissor doors settled.

The chassis coated in black.

Radiators up, oil and fuel lines connected.

Now everything is out to coat the chassis on the jig.

The car was painted with a self-etching primer first, then sealed with an epoxy primer, body work, a second coat of epoxy and finally topped with a high build primer that was block sanded to perfection.

Final touch ups on the bodywork, holes are cut for lightings.

Lots of downforce!

Getting all of the components fitted like the fuel cell, pedals, brake lines, and wiring etc.

Engine back in again.

Ken got away with the priming in a makeshift booth, one piece at a time but the final painting was done in a professional down draft booth and not my basement for obvious reasons. He spent 25 hours in the booth on all 33 separate pieces. Each piece was carried out of the basement and brought back down carefully. The color choice is pewter gray metallic.

Just look at the posters on the wall. See the <3 ?

Tail light assembly in place.

Emblems and small details to accentuate this beauty.

CNC lathe machining of the rims.

Billet aluminium for the face. Like a boss.

Deep dished 3 piece rims done.

They started out as 2″ thick aluminum T6 billet and 10hrs of machining to make the centers. BBS rim shells and ARP fasteners finished them up.

Time to get the 4 piston Wilwood calipers on 12

Belts are lined up on the pulleys~

OMG what you doing to the house?

First sunlight for the dark beast!

Up on the tow frame.

From a basement, to a garage.

Dragged out, shy of the limelight.

Finally out in the open!

How's that looking on your sidewalk?

Now the basement transformed into a garage fit for a queen.

Doing wheel alignment.

18 years. That’s the amount of effort put in.┬áThis garage queen isn’t all show and no go! Further documentation by Ken Imhoff himself is further explained in the Youtube video below.
Documentation on Youtube
First drive round the block on Youtube.

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