Words by : Ray Ng, Photos by : Ken Imhoff, www.kiengineering.com, 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 replica 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!
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.
Below are hand built stainless steel 180 deg. headers with 12″ long racing mufflers.
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.
Getting all of the components fitted like the fuel cell, pedals, brake lines, and wiring etc.
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.
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.
18 years. That’s the amount of effort put in. This 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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