• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

Countach is a super car manufactured by Lamborghini, an Italian sports car maker.

LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH

 

The above picture is Lamborghini Countach LP500S (Walter Wolf No.2 car) of die cast miniature car toy “Tomica Premium”, which was released by TOMY COMPANY,LTD of Japan on October 17, 2015.

 

Countach was developed as a next-generation mid-ship super car surpassing Lamborghini Miura.

And, through prototype LP500, Countach LP400 of mass-produced type was released.

 

At that time, Walter Wolf, the owner of F1 Team, was enthusiastic Lamborghini mania and bought the third mass production car of LP400 in 1974.

However, Wolf was dissatisfied with the finish of LP400 and ordered Countach of Walter Wolf specification equipped with large rear wing and over fender etc.

The Walter Wolf specification cars were produced 3 units in 1975, 1976 and 1978, and this die cast miniature car toy reproduces the blue No.2 car.

At that time, Japan was a supercar boom and the Walter Wolf specification was called “Lamborghini Countach LP500S”.

 

LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH FRONT VIEW

Tomica premium often reproduces headlights with clear resin.

As Countach adopts retractable lights, this die cast miniature car toy does not use clear resin

But the sticker of “Wolf Formula One” on the closed headlight is reproduced by printing.

The coloring and size are accurate and the finish of sticker is pretty good.

On the other hand, the Lamborghini emblem is reproduced on the front hood by printing.

It is so small that the shape of a raging bull cannot be accurately reproduced.

However, gold is printed on the inverted triangle black ground and it is finished to a level that I can recognize that it is the Lamborghini emblem.

 

This die cast miniature car reproduces the small lights under the popup headlights with clear resin.

The bumper part is painted in black, and the passing light called a visual horn is painted in silver.

As it is Tomica Premium, the front part of this miniature car toy is accurately reproduced to fairly fine parts.

 

LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH SIDE VIEW

The side part finish of this die cast miniature car toy is also pretty good.

The overfender equipped with the Walter Wolf specification is painted in black like the actual car.

In addition, the emblem next to the door is reproduced by printing, and the gold line that is unique to the Walter Wolf specification is connected to the rear combination lamp.

 

The door knob part and the engine hood part are reproduced by the shape of die-casting mold.

Furthermore, since it is painted in black, it has become a three-dimensional appearance.

In addition, this miniature car toy uses clear resin in the side window part, and reproduces the unique shape precisely.

 

The Walter Wolf specification Countach adopted tires of different sizes in front and rear (front: 205/50-15, rear: 345/50-15).

This die cast miniature car toy also adopts tires of different thickness in front (4mm) and rear (6mm).

It also accurately reproduces the shape of the gold Bravo wheel made by Campagnolo.

It seems that the wheel part is made of resin.

But there is a difference in the shape of front and rear.

The shape of the front wheel is shallow, and the cavity of the Bravo wheel is not fully reproduced.

On the other hand, as the rear wheel is slightly thick, the mold shape may have entered firmly.

The wheel is quite remarkable, so it’s a bit disappointing.

 

LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH REAR VIEW

This die cast miniature car uses red clear resin for the rear combination lamp.

Therefore, compared to the usual red paint finish, it has become a high texture finish.

Also, the turn signal lamp, the stop lamp, the back lamp are reproduced by the shape of die-casting mold.

In addition, the turn signal lamp is painted in yellow and the back lamp is painted in silver.

 

In the around of the rear combination lamp, the gold line that is unique to Walter Wolf specification is accurately printed, and the rear sticker of “Wolf Formula One” is printed in the center.

The rear sticker of the actual Wolf Countach also contained the letters of “Wolf Formula One”, but this miniature car toy has not reproduced.

On the other hand, the black emblem on the upper left and the lower right of the rear sticker is reproduced by printing, although I cannot recognize what it is written.

 

This die cast miniature car toy reproduces the huge rear wing of the Walter Wolf specification with resin parts different from the main body.

The finish of the rear wing is ordinary, but there is a slight difference in gloss with the body.

The left and right dual muffler is painted in silver properly, and together with the rear wing, it produces the powerful rear view of Countach.

 

The scale of this miniature car toy is 1/61 and the actual size is about 68 mm.

Pseudo suspension which is familiar to sports cars of Tomica, is also set up to this model.

LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH SCALE

 

 

 

【About actual LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH】

 

Countach was developed as a next-generation mid-ship super sports car that surpasses Lamborghini Miura, which was manufactured from 1966 to 1973.

Countach was designed by Marcello Gandini, who belonged to Bertone, the automotive designing company.

The design of Countach is the source of the current supercar, but the biggest feature is the scissor door.

Scissor door has also been adopted for Lamborghini cars since Countach such as Diablo and Aventador.

 

 

◆ Lamborghini Countach LP500 1971

Lamborghini Miura had mounted a V-type 12-cylinder engine horizontally at the mid ship layout.

It became popular with elegant appearance and high power performance, but the problem of instability of high-speed driving due to weight distribution towards the rear was a problem.

Countach LP500 developed as the prototype mounted a V-type 12-cylinder engine vertically at the mid ship layout.

As a result, LP500 secured a short wheelbase of 2,450 mm and realized a good shift feel.

“LP” meant “Longitudinale Posteriore”, “500” represented “5.0-liter engine mounted”.

Countach LP500 was not marketed because there was a problem with the cooling efficiency of the engine, and was produced only 1 unit.

 

 

◆ Lamborghini Countach LP400 1974-1978

In 1974 three years after the announcement of prototype LP500, Lamborghini Countach LP400 of a commercial model was released.

Many air intakes were provided in the body as overheat countermeasures.

LP400 was equipped with 3.9-liter V-type 12-cylinder engine which had been installed in Lamborghini Miura.

Countach LP400, which is considered to be closest to Marcello Gandini’s original design, was sold only 150 units, and even now it boasts a high popularity.

 

 

◆ Wolf Countach (Lamborghini Countach LP500S) 1975, 1976, 1978

The model that Canadian petroleum king Walter Wolf placed a special order to Lamborghini is Wolf Countach.

At that time, there was a supercar boom in Japan, Walter Wolf specification was called Countach LP500S as 5.0-liter engine was installed.

 

■ Wolf Countach No.1 car

At that time, F1 owner and Lamborghini mania, Walter Wolf got the third mass production car of LP400 in 1974.

However, Wolf was dissatisfied with the finish of LP400, and placed a special order to Lamborghini.

And, in 1975, the red “No.1 car” which was equipped with large rear wing, over fender, Bravo wheel made by Campagnolo adopted to a concept car etc. was delivered.

 

■ Wolf Countach No.2 car

Walter Wolf was dissatisfied with the power performance because No.1 car was equipped with the same engine as LP400.

So, he asked Lamborghini to produce the new Countach with a tuned 5.0-liter engine and improved suspension.

In this way, the blue body color Wolf Countach No.2 car was produced and delivered in 1976.

The die cast miniature car toy introducing on this page is Wolf Countach No.2 car.

 

■ Wolf Countach No.3 car

In 1978, Wolf Countach No.3 car, which was reinforced with frames, clutches etc under the command of Dallara, was produced.

No.3 car painted on Navy Blue was equipped with the 5.0-liter engine that had mounted on No.2 car.

At this time, the normal engine for LP400 was installed in No.2 car.

 

 

◆ Lamborghini Countach LP400S 1978-1982

In 1978, Countach LP400S based on Walter Wolf Countach appeared, and 237 units were produced.

The 3.9-liter V-type 12-cylinder engine generated 357 PS / 7,500 rpm, 363 N · m / 5, 500 rpm.

 

 

◆ Lamborghini Countach LP500S 1982-1985

In 1982, Countach LP500S equipped with 4,754 cc V-type 12-cylinder engine appeared, and 323 units were produced.

The fuel supply system was a side draft carburetor manufactured by Marelli, but K-Jetronic of Bosch was adopted for North American specifications.

 

 

◆ Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole (5000QV) 1985-1988

In 1985, Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole (5000QV) equipped with a 5,167 cc V-type 12-cylinder engine appeared, and 632 units were produced.

To counter the Ferrari Testarossa, the engine of 5000 QV was converted to 4 valves, and the carburetor was changed from side draft to down draft.

 

 

◆ Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary 1988-1990

In 1988, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Lamborghini’s founding, Countach 25th Anniversary was released.

It was the final model of Countach, and 657 units were produced by 1990.

From 1990, sales of Lamborghini Diablo, the successor model of Countach, began.