I do know lots of you’ve seen the YouTube movies and skim the journal opinions that decision the Lamborghini Countach sluggish, uncomfortable, onerous to drive, and one thing that ought to simply be checked out. I can perceive why you suppose 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 rather necessary to think about that I personal a Countach since you can’t recognize this automobile by spending just a few hours with it or perhaps a few days with it. The Countach is an acquired style and whereas the fashion shouts have a look at me and the way wonderful I’m, it takes time to actually recognize every part it has to supply. The Countach is probably the most wonderful automobile ever constructed and in my view the perfect automobile of all time.
I grew up within the 80s and 90s so I’m biased as a result of this was the automobile each child had on their wall and sometime dreamed of getting. As a child, I didn’t notice how loopy the automobile was in actual life however knew it seemed loopy on a poster on my wall. It dissatisfied many people to develop up and study that the Countach might not be all we had creamed it might be. I’m pleased to report that after rising up and proudly owning one in every of these wonderful beasts I believe 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 related issues. The automobile is outrageous to take a look at however it’s onerous to drive, uncomfortable, and never that quick. Many movies go on to say it isn’t even enjoyable to drive. Articles in regards to the automobile may also say related issues. One well-known automobile 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 dust low cost Lamborghini Countach considering he would promote it (he referred to as it terrible), however after proudly owning it for just a few weeks fell in love with it and saved the automobile.
The issue with movies or articles from individuals who solely spend just a few hours or perhaps a few days with the automobile is that they don’t get to find out how the automobile works. This isn’t a Corvette that could be very easy and simple to grasp and drive. The Lamborghini Countach was meant to be probably the most outrageous automobile ever, and never simply in the way it seemed, however the way it drove as effectively. The automobile 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 had been struggling to supply 200 horsepower. Most individuals who drive these automobiles for the primary time are used to a contemporary automobile with simply as a lot or extra energy, extra room, extra visibility, and so much 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 demise. I had pushed my Lamborghini Diablo for years however the Countach is so completely different and we hear all of the tales about how onerous 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 unimaginable for me to completely benefit from the automobile on that first drive. In actual fact, 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 automobile but (I did get that on video!). It was a very tight match within the automobile as effectively. However I later discovered the seat wasn’t all the way in which again and I may alter the steering wheel regardless that Hoovies Storage mentioned it wasn’t adjustable.
The video under exhibits the raccoon incident…
The automobile 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 automobile in any respect. The seems, the nostalgia, and the sensation of proudly owning an icon had been overwhelming and wonderful.
I can’t think about how Youtubers and journal writers really feel driving these automobiles for the primary time and feeling the identical approach but in addition making an attempt to get a really feel for the automobile to inform others what it’s like. It’s so completely different than every other automobile, it’s unimaginable to present a good opinion with out experiencing the automobile for weeks and even longer. Because of this so many individuals say it isn’t nice to drive however wonderful to take a look at. They by no means get the possibility to essentially drive the automobile or expertise it because it was meant to be and there’s a probability they’re driving a automobile that has some points or has not been maintained effectively after 40 years as effectively.
What’s it actually wish to drive a Lamborghini Countach the proper approach?
I knew my Countach had just a few points and a type of was the tires had 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 acquired the automobile 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 automobile. 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 automobile with the brand new tires and I used to be in a position to benefit from the sound of the automobile which is without doubt one of the finest components. It isn’t an awesome roar, whine, or yell from the engine however a delicate 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 odor of the automobile. There’s a combination of leather-based, exhaust, and oldness however in a great way that smells higher than any of my different automobiles. I’m in my workplace proper now scripting this a part of the article and I want I had been house so I may sit within the automobile and odor that odor proper now.
After driving the automobile an increasing number of, I additionally discovered easy methods to sit in it. It’s tight for me, however as soon as I discovered the angles and leans that match me, the automobile grew to become a lot extra snug. I additionally found out easy methods to alter the seat finest for me and easy methods to 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 effectively, however the remainder of me matches nice and permits me to drive with out compromise. I additionally discovered the angles of the mirrors, the place my blindspots are, and easy methods to look out the again window higher because of that extra snug sitting place. It’s wonderful how rather more enjoyable the automobile is to drive when you learn to sit in it for max consolation.
If you end up snug and have Countach working because it ought to, it’s wonderful to drive. It isn’t the quickest automobile, particularly for acceleration because it was constructed for high 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 effectively and when individuals say it desires to maintain going sooner the sooner it goes, they aren’t mendacity. For those who take it as much as 80 MPH or just a bit sooner, you possibly can inform it desires to maintain going till it maxes out. That’s what the automobile was meant to do and when it actually shines. Sadly, there usually are not many locations you should utilize the Countach prefer it was meant for use.
You additionally might individuals say the steering is tough and the shifting is hard because of a heavy clutch. In case you are 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 implausible. Shifting the automobile isn’t tough in any respect and the clutch was not practically as heavy as many make it out to be. There’s a fantastic satisfaction each time you shift the Countach into gear because of the gated guide and sounds that allow you to know you hit the mark.
As soon as you determine the Countach, you do not need to persuade your self it’s wonderful, it would persuade you. Understanding you might be driving an icon is a bonus.
What are among the most annoying issues in regards to the Lamborghini Countach?
I like the automobile however there are some annoying issues about it. One of the crucial infamous components of the automobile 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 Large Mac as a result of it received’t match by way of the window. All I’ve to say is nobody higher ever have a Large Mac in my Countach. There higher not be any meals in that automobile 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 a substitute of the window. The door opens up and isn’t that tall when open as a result of the automobile is so quick.
Backing up can also be tough because the visibility is dangerous. 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 undecided easy methods to sit in it correctly. As soon as I found out easy methods to sit within the automobile it grew to become a lot simpler to look out the again window. In case you are backing up into an area with lower than 30 toes of clearance on all sides chances are you’ll need to use the door sill method. That is the place you open the door and sit on the door sill so you possibly can pop your head out of the automobile to see and this system does work and is important at occasions. It’s also straightforward to achieve the pedals and information the automobile whereas sitting on the sill.
The automobile 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.
For those who hate individuals you’ll hate this automobile as a result of in every single place you go there can be individuals waving at you, making an attempt to speak to you, and asking if it’s a package automobile. 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 automobile ever made?
I made a daring assertion once I mentioned the Lamborghini Countach is the perfect automobile ever. I admit it isn’t the quickest, and many individuals will hate driving it. Nonetheless, it isn’t made for the lots, it’s made for the final word automobile fanatic. If the automobile was straightforward to drive, it might take away from what it’s. The truth that solely a small proportion of the inhabitants will take pleasure in what this automobile is, makes it extra particular. The automobile was constructed for many who cherished automobiles not those that wished to look cool.
I discussed among the issues that make this automobile ridiculous and loopy. There is no such thing as a approach this automobile could possibly be made at present due to security rules and lots of trendy supercar house owners don’t even know easy methods to drive a guide transmission. Most automobile producers would have scrapped the Countach challenge 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 a substitute of claiming, there isn’t a approach we will produce a automobile like this due to these issues. They mentioned it’s price shifting ahead with the automobile as a result of it’s so wonderful that it may possibly nonetheless promote and be wonderful to drive even with these flaws. Over time, these flaws grew to become a part of what made the automobile so nice and iconic.
By far the factor that makes the Countach the perfect automobile ever is the design. There is no such thing as a automobile that appears prefer it or compares to the outlandish traces and angles of this automobile. You will need to see one in particular person to understand its magnificence. I had seen many earlier than I purchased mine in particular person, however I by no means appreciated the traces absolutely till I owned one and spent plenty of time simply taking a look at it in my storage.
I believe this automobile 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 automobile firm to be higher than Ferrari from scratch and lots of suppose he succeeded. The Countach was a automobile meant for the individuals and a automobile meant to beat Ferrari. I believe it succeeded.