I do know lots of you may have seen the YouTube movies and skim the journal opinions that decision the Lamborghini Countach gradual, uncomfortable, laborious to drive, and one thing that ought to simply be checked out. I can perceive why you suppose I could be loopy as a result of I learn those self same articles and watched the identical movies earlier than I purchased my Countach. I feel it is rather essential to think about that I personal a Countach since you can not respect this automotive by spending a couple of hours with it or perhaps a few days with it. The Countach is an acquired style and whereas the fashion shouts take a look at me and the way wonderful I’m, it takes time to really respect every part it has to supply. The Countach is probably the most wonderful automotive ever constructed and in my view the perfect automotive of all time.
I grew up within the 80s and 90s so I’m biased as a result of this was the automotive each child had on their wall and sometime dreamed of getting. As a child, I didn’t notice how loopy the automotive was in actual life however knew it regarded loopy on a poster on my wall. It upset many people to develop up and study that the Countach is probably not all we had creamed it will be. I’m completely satisfied to report that after rising up and proudly owning one among these wonderful beasts I feel it was every part I believed it ought to be and extra.
Why do YouTube movies and articles say Lamborghini Countach is Terrible?
After I watch movies on the Countach from individuals who have by no means owned a Countach, all of them say comparable issues. The automotive is outrageous to have a look at however it’s laborious to drive, uncomfortable, and never that quick. Many movies go on to say it isn’t even enjoyable to drive. Articles concerning the automotive may also say comparable issues. One well-known automotive YouTuber mentioned the Countach was terrible and he owned one!
After I watch movies or learn articles and even social media posts from individuals who have owned a Countach, I hear a a lot completely different story. Jay Leno every day drove a Countach for a few years. Harry’s storage drove a Countach throughout Europe and Hoovies Storage purchased a mud low-cost Lamborghini Countach considering he would promote it (he known as it terrible), however after proudly owning it for a couple of weeks fell in love with it and saved the automotive.
The issue with movies or articles from individuals who solely spend a couple of hours or perhaps a few days with the automotive is that they don’t get to learn the way the automotive works. This isn’t a Corvette that may be very easy and simple to grasp and drive. The Lamborghini Countach was meant to be probably the most outrageous automotive ever, and never simply in the way it regarded, however the way it drove as properly. The automotive has a V12 engine that made greater than 400 horsepower and held 4.5 gallons of oil within the Eighties when Mustangs and Corvettes have been struggling to supply 200 horsepower. Most individuals who drive these vehicles for the primary time are used to a contemporary automotive with simply as a lot or extra energy, extra room, extra visibility, and quite a bit much less stress.
The primary time I drove my Countach in 2022 after I purchased it and had it shipped to me, I used to be scared to dying. I had pushed my Lamborghini Diablo for years however the Countach is so completely different and we hear all of the tales about how laborious it’s to drive. Plus I’m 6 foot 1 with a measurement 14 shoe and I knew it was going to be a decent match. It was unattainable for me to completely benefit from the automotive on that first drive. In actual fact, I feel I ran over a lifeless raccoon on the highway as a result of I used to be too scared to show quick as a result of I didn’t know the automotive but (I did get that on video!). It was a very tight match within the automotive as properly. However I later discovered the seat wasn’t all the way in which again and I may regulate the steering wheel regardless that Hoovies Storage mentioned it wasn’t adjustable.
The video beneath reveals the raccoon incident…
The automotive was quick and sounded nice, nevertheless it was actually comfortable and never the smoothest drive. I used to be a little bit upset in how shaky it was however even with these faults, I used to be not upset within the automotive in any respect. The seems, the nostalgia, and the sensation of proudly owning an icon have been overwhelming and wonderful.
I can’t think about how Youtubers and journal writers really feel driving these vehicles for the primary time and feeling the identical manner but additionally making an attempt to get a really feel for the automotive to inform others what it’s like. It’s so completely different than every other automotive, it’s unattainable to provide a good opinion with out experiencing the automotive for weeks and even longer. For this reason so many individuals say it’s not nice to drive however wonderful to have a look at. They by no means get the prospect to essentially drive the automotive or expertise it because it was meant to be and there’s a likelihood they’re driving a automotive that has some points or has not been maintained properly after 40 years as properly.
What’s it actually prefer to drive a Lamborghini Countach the correct manner?
I knew my Countach had a couple of points and a type of was the tires have been 27 years outdated. I used to be very cautious driving it with tires that outdated and couldn’t wait to essentially see what it may do with a contemporary set. When my mechanic, who owns 4 Countachs, was placing on the tires he found a badly bent wheel. A brand new wheel was ordered and put in with the tires (in fact that took weeks and weeks to get).
After I bought the automotive again with new tires and a brand new wheel, it drove so a lot better. It caught to the highway, there was no wobble or shaking. It was a totally completely different automotive. It makes me surprise what number of 30 and 40-year-old Countachs which might be test-driven now are maintained how they need to be.
I had rather more confidence within the automotive with the brand new tires and I used to be in a position to benefit from the sound of the automotive which is among the finest components. It isn’t an amazing roar, whine, or yell from the engine however a refined constructing orchestra together with a myriad of mechanical noises they might or might not all have been there when it got here from the manufacturing facility however collectively are excellent.
One thing else I’ll by no means get uninterested in is the scent of the automotive. There’s a combination of leather-based, exhaust, and oldness however in a great way that smells higher than any of my different vehicles. I’m in my workplace proper now penning this a part of the article and I want I have been dwelling so I may sit within the automotive and scent that scent proper now.
After driving the automotive increasingly more, I additionally discovered the best way to sit in it. It’s tight for me, however as soon as I discovered the angles and leans that match me, the automotive turned a lot extra snug. I additionally discovered the best way to regulate the seat finest for me and the best way to transfer the steering wheel up which gave me greater than sufficient legroom.
I’ve to take my footwear off after I drive, which is a enjoyable half for me as properly, however the remainder of me matches high quality and permits me to drive with out compromise. I additionally discovered the angles of the mirrors, the place my blindspots are, and the best way to look out the again window higher because of that extra snug sitting place. It’s wonderful how rather more enjoyable the automotive is to drive when you learn to sit in it for max consolation.
When you’re snug and have Countach working because it ought to, it’s wonderful to drive. It isn’t the quickest automotive, particularly for acceleration because it was constructed for high pace, however it’s quick. It’s actually quick contemplating when it was made and the competitors it was competing towards. It handles properly and when folks say it desires to maintain going quicker the quicker it goes, they aren’t mendacity. In case you take it as much as 80 MPH or just a bit quicker, you’ll be able to inform it desires to maintain going till it maxes out. That’s what the automotive was meant to do and when it actually shines. Sadly, there aren’t many locations you should use the Countach prefer it was meant for use.
You additionally might folks say the steering is troublesome and the shifting is hard because of a heavy clutch. If you’re going lower than 5 MPH, sure the steering is a little bit troublesome and takes some muscle because it doesn’t have energy steering. When you get above that pace the steering is implausible. Shifting the automotive will not be troublesome in any respect and the clutch was not practically as heavy as many make it out to be. There’s a great satisfaction each time you shift the Countach into gear because of the gated handbook and sounds that allow you to know you hit the mark.
As soon as you determine the Countach, you would not have to persuade your self it’s wonderful, it’s going to persuade you. Realizing you might be driving an icon is a bonus.
What are among the most annoying issues concerning the Lamborghini Countach?
I really like the automotive however there are some annoying issues about it. Some of the infamous components of the automotive is the home windows that roll down about 2 inches. My arm will barely match by way of them. I all the time hear you higher not get a Huge Mac as a result of it gained’t match by way of the window. All I’ve to say is nobody higher ever have a Huge Mac in my Countach. There higher not be any meals in that automotive that would ever alter the scent.
If you actually need to pay a toll or undergo a drive-through you’ll be able to. You simply open the door as a substitute of the window. The door opens up and isn’t that tall when open as a result of the automotive is so brief.
Backing up can also be troublesome because the visibility is unhealthy. I’ve a 1999 Diablo and it’s very easy to see out of in comparison with the Countach. After I first tried to again it up I felt cramped and claustrophobic as a result of I used to be unsure the best way to sit in it correctly. As soon as I discovered the best way to sit within the automotive it turned a lot simpler to look out the again window. If you’re backing up into an area with lower than 30 toes of clearance on all sides you could wish to use the door sill approach. That is the place you open the door and sit on the door sill so you’ll be able to pop your head out of the automotive to see and this system does work and is important at instances. It’s also straightforward to succeed in the pedals and information the automotive whereas sitting on the sill.
The automotive has little or no storage room because the spare tire takes up the entrance bonnet and the engine is within the again. There’s a trunk behind the engine that gives some storage, greater than my Diablo.
In case you hate folks you’ll hate this automotive as a result of all over the place you go there will likely be folks waving at you, making an attempt to speak to you, and asking if it’s a package automotive. When driving the home windows provide a built-in excuse to not discuss to anybody since they aren’t powered and barely open.
Why is the Lamborghini Countach the perfect automotive ever made?
I made a daring assertion after I mentioned the Lamborghini Countach is the perfect automotive ever. I admit it’s not the quickest, and many individuals will hate driving it. Nevertheless, it’s not made for the lots, it’s made for the final word automotive fanatic. If the automotive was straightforward to drive, it will take away from what it’s. The truth that solely a small proportion of the inhabitants will take pleasure in what this automotive is, makes it extra particular. The automotive was constructed for many who cherished vehicles not those that wished to look cool.
I discussed among the issues that make this automotive ridiculous and loopy. There is no such thing as a manner this automotive might be made right now due to security rules and lots of fashionable supercar homeowners don’t even know the best way to drive a handbook transmission. Most automotive producers would have scrapped the Countach venture after simply one of many loopy design flaws couldn’t be solved. However, Lamborghini barreled ahead with it after about ten of those flaws couldn’t be solved. That’s what makes it so wonderful. As an alternative of claiming, there isn’t a manner we are able to produce a automotive like this due to these issues. They mentioned it’s value shifting ahead with the automotive as a result of it’s so wonderful that it may well nonetheless promote and be wonderful to drive even with these flaws. Over time, these flaws turned a part of what made the automotive so nice and iconic.
By far the factor that makes the Countach the perfect automotive ever is the design. There is no such thing as a automotive that appears prefer it or compares to the outlandish traces and angles of this automotive. You could see one in individual to understand its magnificence. I had seen many earlier than I purchased mine in individual, however I by no means appreciated the traces totally till I owned one and spent a whole lot of time simply it in my storage.
I feel this automotive was additionally the height of the Lamborghini – Ferrari rivalry. Lamborghini happened as a result of Ferrari wouldn’t add enhancements requested by Ferruccio Lamborghini, who owned a tractor firm on the time. Ferruccio determined to begin his personal automotive firm to be higher than Ferrari from scratch and lots of suppose he succeeded. The Countach was a automotive meant for the folks and a automotive meant to beat Ferrari. I feel it succeeded.