I do know lots of you’ve gotten seen the YouTube movies and skim the journal evaluations that decision the Lamborghini Countach sluggish, uncomfortable, arduous to drive, and one thing that ought to simply be checked out. I can perceive why you assume I is perhaps loopy as a result of I learn those self same articles and watched the identical movies earlier than I purchased my Countach. I believe it is vitally vital to think about that I personal a Countach since you can’t admire 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 superb I’m, it takes time to actually admire every little thing it has to supply. The Countach is essentially the most superb automotive ever constructed and in my view the most effective 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 understand how loopy the automotive was in actual life however knew it regarded loopy on a poster on my wall. It dissatisfied many people to develop up and be taught that the Countach is probably not all we had creamed it will be. I’m glad to report that after rising up and proudly owning considered one of these superb beasts I believe it was every little thing I assumed it ought to be and extra.
Why do YouTube movies and articles say Lamborghini Countach is Terrible?
Once 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 arduous to drive, uncomfortable, and never that quick. Many movies go on to say it isn’t even enjoyable to drive. Articles concerning the automotive will even say comparable issues. One well-known automotive YouTuber stated the Countach was terrible and he owned one!
Once I watch movies or learn articles and even social media posts from individuals who have owned a Countach, I hear a a lot totally 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 dust 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 stored 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 find out how the automotive works. This isn’t a Corvette that could be very easy and simple to know and drive. The Lamborghini Countach was meant to be essentially 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 Nineteen 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 loads 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 totally different and we hear all of the tales about how arduous 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 reality, I believe I ran over a useless 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 despite the fact that Hoovies Storage stated it wasn’t adjustable.
The video under exhibits the raccoon incident…
The automotive was quick and sounded nice, nevertheless it was actually comfortable and never the smoothest drive. I used to be just a little dissatisfied in how shaky it was however even with these faults, I used to be not dissatisfied within the automotive in any respect. The appears to be like, the nostalgia, and the sensation of proudly owning an icon have been overwhelming and superb.
I can’t think about how Youtubers and journal writers really feel driving these vehicles for the primary time and feeling the identical approach but in addition attempting to get a really feel for the automotive to inform others what it’s like. It’s so totally different than another automotive, it’s unattainable to offer 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 superb to have a look at. They by no means get the prospect to actually 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 best approach?
I knew my Countach had a couple of points and a kind 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 actually 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).
Once I obtained the automotive again with new tires and a brand new wheel, it drove so significantly better. It caught to the highway, there was no wobble or shaking. It was a totally totally different automotive. It makes me surprise what number of 30 and 40-year-old Countachs which can 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 likely one of the greatest elements. It’s not an awesome roar, whine, or yell from the engine however a delicate constructing orchestra together with a myriad of mechanical noises they could or could not all have been there when it got here from the manufacturing unit however collectively are good.
One thing else I’ll by no means get uninterested in is the odor 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 house so I may sit within the automotive and odor that odor proper now.
After driving the automotive increasingly, I additionally discovered how you can sit in it. It’s tight for me, however as soon as I discovered the angles and leans that match me, the automotive grew to become a lot extra snug. I additionally found out how you can regulate the seat greatest for me and how you can transfer the steering wheel up which gave me greater than sufficient legroom.
I’ve to take my footwear off once I drive, which is a enjoyable half for me as properly, however the remainder of me matches superb and permits me to drive with out compromise. I additionally discovered the angles of the mirrors, the place my blindspots are, and how you can look out the again window higher due to that extra snug sitting place. It’s superb how rather more enjoyable the automotive is to drive when you discover ways to sit in it for optimum consolation.
When you find yourself snug and have Countach working because it ought to, it’s superb to drive. It’s not the quickest automotive, particularly for acceleration because it was constructed for prime velocity, however it’s quick. It’s actually quick contemplating when it was made and the competitors it was competing in opposition to. It handles properly and when individuals say it needs to maintain going sooner the sooner it goes, they aren’t mendacity. When you take it as much as 80 MPH or just a bit sooner, you possibly can inform it needs to maintain going till it maxes out. That’s what the automotive was meant to do and when it actually shines. Sadly, there will not be many locations you need to use the Countach prefer it was meant for use.
You additionally could individuals say the steering is tough and the shifting is hard due to a heavy clutch. If you’re going lower than 5 MPH, sure the steering is just a little tough and takes some muscle because it doesn’t have energy steering. When you get above that velocity the steering is improbable. Shifting the automotive shouldn’t be tough 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 due to the gated handbook and sounds that allow you to know you hit the mark.
As soon as you determine the Countach, you don’t have to persuade your self it’s superb, it should persuade you. Realizing you might be driving an icon is a bonus.
What are a few of the most annoying issues concerning the Lamborghini Countach?
I like the automotive however there are some annoying issues about it. Probably the most infamous elements of the automotive is the home windows that roll down about 2 inches. My arm will barely match by way of them. I at all times 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 might ever alter the odor.
If you actually need to pay a toll or undergo a drive-through you possibly can. You simply open the door as an alternative 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 be tough because the visibility is unhealthy. I’ve a 1999 Diablo and it’s very easy to see out of in comparison with the Countach. Once I first tried to again it up I felt cramped and claustrophobic as a result of I used to be unsure how you can sit in it correctly. As soon as I found out how you can sit within the automotive it grew to become a lot simpler to look out the again window. If you’re backing up into an area with lower than 30 ft of clearance on all sides chances are you’ll need to use the door sill approach. That is the place you open the door and sit on the door sill so you possibly can pop your head out of the automotive to see and this method does work and is critical at instances. Additionally it is simple 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 provides some storage, greater than my Diablo.
When you hate individuals you’ll hate this automotive as a result of all over the place you go there will likely be individuals waving at you, attempting to speak to you, and asking if it’s a package automotive. When driving the home windows supply a built-in excuse to not discuss to anybody since they aren’t powered and barely open.
Why is the Lamborghini Countach the most effective automotive ever made?
I made a daring assertion once I stated the Lamborghini Countach is the most effective automotive ever. I admit it’s not the quickest, and many individuals will hate driving it. Nonetheless, it’s not made for the lots, it’s made for the last word automotive fanatic. If the automotive was simple to drive, it will take away from what it’s. The truth that solely a small share of the inhabitants will get pleasure from what this automotive is, makes it extra particular. The automotive was constructed for individuals who cherished vehicles not those that wished to look cool.
I discussed a few of the issues that make this automotive ridiculous and loopy. There isn’t any approach this automotive may very well be made in the present day due to security rules and plenty of trendy supercar house owners don’t even know how you can 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 superb. As a substitute of claiming, there isn’t a approach we will produce a automotive like this due to these issues. They stated it’s price transferring ahead with the automotive as a result of it’s so superb that it might probably nonetheless promote and be superb to drive even with these flaws. Over time, these flaws grew to become a part of what made the automotive so nice and iconic.
By far the factor that makes the Countach the most effective automotive ever is the design. There isn’t any automotive that appears prefer it or compares to the outlandish traces and angles of this automotive. You will need to 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 taking a look at it in my storage.
I believe 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 start out his personal automotive firm to be higher than Ferrari from scratch and plenty of assume he succeeded. The Countach was a automotive meant for the individuals and a automotive meant to beat Ferrari. I believe it succeeded.