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Valentino Balboni Drives the Boss’s Countach

Posted June 28, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto Lamborghini memory

Most of us don’t get to drive our bosses’ fast cars. Valentino Balboni, however, is not most of us. As Lamborghini’s longtime test driver, he got some time behind the wheel of Lamborghini CEO Patrick Mimran’s Countach when it was new and again, more recently, with filmmaker Ben Bertucci along for the ride. As Ben describes the car:

"Countach Quattrovalvole (LP112D) “Downdraft” chassis number ZA9C005A0GLA12997 was specially-built for the CEO and owner of Nuova Automobili FGo to the new blog entryerruccio Lamborghini SpA, Patrick Mimran. This Countach was built by Lamborghini in one-off paint livery named ‘Bordeaux Speciale,’ with ‘Panna’ leather interior and ‘Oro’ wheels. For ‘The Boss,’ a factory-tuned engine (Tipo L507 V4/73 carburatori, with sport cams & an additional oil-cooler @ 470 bhp) No. 1202 was installed with gearbox No. 1013, and differential No. 909..."

Ever dream about taking the boss's whip for a ride?

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