In 1989, Ken Imhoff began building a Lamborghini Countach, from scratch, in his basement.
Imhoff first started to dream about wanting a Lamborghini Countach when he saw the movie “Cannonball Run,” which shows the sports car in an opening scene.
He wasn’t able to afford one, so he followed his father’s advice and decided to build it inside his basement.
“My dad instilled in me from when I was very young,’If you can make it, don’t buy it,'” Ken recalls. “My idea was to buy a kit car, with the idea of getting something on the road pretty quick, not to spend a lot of time on it. I couldn’t afford it. It was my dad who convinced me I could just build it. Make it small projects over time, and it would accumulate into a finished project.”
What he originally thought would only take him five years, turned out to be a 17 year project. Only to be completed on his 50th birthday.
The Lamborghini is complete with a tubular space-frame chassis being custom made, the body shape constructed from wooden bucks and lines formed from plywood, even the wheels are custom made in a machine shop.
He sometimes would fail, and then have to start all over again. The real big issue was having to get the car out of his basement after it was finished. He had to knock out a wall in order to remove it.
After 17 years of hard work, Imhoff would like to sell his Lamborghini Countach. What?!.
“I get that same reaction from when I tell people I may want to sell it, and they say ‘How could you sell that?’ Most people don’t understand, and I have to go into a lengthy conversation about how it’s a journey and now we’re at the destination,” Ken Imhoff explains.
“I saw that it was starting to show little signs of corrosion here and there, and it started gnawing at me that I’m not taking care of this thing the way I should. I’m doing it a disservice. And I thought, ‘boy, could I actually sell it? Could I actually pass it on to somebody else and be okay with that?’ I was a little concerned that I could actually let go of it. I worked on this thing for 17 years,” Imhoff adds.
Imhoff concludes, “Now I want to do something else. And it’s another project. That’s what I need to do.”
Lamborghini Countach Built in Basement of Ken Imhoff
FFJournal TV gets an up-close look at a Lamborghini Countach 5000 that was completely made by hand in the basement of fabricator superhero Ken Imhoff. Ken explains some of the challenges and triumphs of making a Lamborghini from scratch.