I do know a lot of you have got seen the YouTube movies and browse the journal critiques that decision the Lamborghini Countach sluggish, uncomfortable, laborious to drive, and one thing that ought to simply be checked out. I can perceive why you assume 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 believe it is extremely necessary to contemplate that I personal a Countach since you can not admire 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 model shouts take a look at me and the way wonderful I’m, it takes time to really admire every part it has to supply. The Countach is essentially the most wonderful automobile ever constructed and in my view the very best 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 be taught that the Countach will not be all we had creamed it will be. I’m pleased to report that after rising up and proudly owning one in all these wonderful beasts I believe it was every part 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 related issues. The automobile is outrageous to take 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 automobile can even say related issues. One well-known automobile 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 completely different story. Jay Leno each 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 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 learn the way the automobile works. This isn’t a Corvette that may be very simple and straightforward to grasp and drive. The Lamborghini Countach was meant to be essentially the most outrageous automobile ever, and never simply in the way it seemed, however the way it drove as nicely. 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 provide 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 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 completely different and we hear all of the tales about how laborious it’s to drive. Plus I’m 6 foot 1 with a dimension 14 shoe and I knew it was going to be a good match. It was unimaginable for me to completely benefit from the automobile on that first drive. In truth, I believe I ran over a lifeless raccoon on the street 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 nicely. However I later discovered the seat wasn’t all the best way again and I might regulate the steering wheel though Hoovies Storage stated it wasn’t adjustable.
The video under exhibits the raccoon incident…
The automobile was quick and sounded nice, but it surely was actually comfortable and never the smoothest drive. I used to be slightly 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 to be, 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 means 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’s not nice to drive however wonderful to take a look at. They by no means get the prospect to actually 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 nicely after 40 years as nicely.
What’s it actually wish to drive a Lamborghini Countach the correct means?
I knew my Countach had just a few points and a kind of was the tires had been 27 years previous. I used to be very cautious driving it with tires that previous and couldn’t wait to actually see what it might do with a recent 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 automobile again with new tires and a brand new wheel, it drove so a lot better. It caught to the street, 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 are test-driven now are maintained how they need to be.
I had far more confidence within the automobile with the brand new tires and I used to be capable of benefit from the sound of the automobile which is among the greatest components. 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 might not all have been there when it got here from the manufacturing unit however collectively are excellent.
One thing else I’ll by no means get bored with 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 might sit within the automobile and odor that odor proper now.
After driving the automobile increasingly more, I additionally discovered how one can sit in it. It’s tight for me, however as soon as I discovered the angles and leans that match me, the automobile turned a lot extra snug. I additionally discovered how one can regulate the seat greatest for me and how one can 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 nicely, however the remainder of me matches wonderful and permits me to drive with out compromise. I additionally discovered the angles of the mirrors, the place my blindspots are, and how one can look out the again window higher due to that extra snug sitting place. It’s wonderful how far more enjoyable the automobile is to drive when you discover ways 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’s not the quickest automobile, 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 nicely and when individuals say it needs to maintain going quicker the quicker it goes, they don’t seem to be mendacity. In case you take it as much as 80 MPH or just a bit quicker, you may inform it needs to maintain going till it maxes out. That’s what the automobile was meant to do and when it actually shines. Sadly, there should 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 due to a heavy clutch. If you’re going lower than 5 MPH, sure the steering is slightly tough and takes some muscle because it doesn’t have energy steering. When you get above that pace the steering is incredible. Shifting the automobile just isn’t tough in any respect and the clutch was not almost 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 wouldn’t have to persuade your self it’s wonderful, it’ll persuade you. Realizing you’re driving an icon is a bonus.
What are a few of the most annoying issues concerning the Lamborghini Countach?
I really like the automobile however there are some annoying issues about it. Some of the infamous components of the automobile is the home windows that roll down about 2 inches. My arm will barely match via them. I all the time hear you higher not get a Huge Mac as a result of it received’t match via 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 automobile that might ever alter the odor.
If you actually need to pay a toll or undergo a drive-through you may. 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. Once I first tried to again it up I felt cramped and claustrophobic as a result of I used to be undecided how one can sit in it correctly. As soon as I discovered how one can sit within the automobile 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 might wish to use the door sill approach. That is the place you open the door and sit on the door sill so you may pop your head out of the automobile to see and this method does work and is critical at instances. 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 gives some storage, greater than my Diablo.
In case you hate individuals you’ll hate this automobile as a result of in all places you go there shall 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 don’t seem to be powered and barely open.
Why is the Lamborghini Countach the very best automobile ever made?
I made a daring assertion after I stated the Lamborghini Countach is the very best automobile ever. I admit it’s not the quickest, and many individuals will hate driving it. Nonetheless, it’s not made for the plenty, it’s made for the last word automobile fanatic. If the automobile was straightforward 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 automobile is, makes it extra particular. The automobile was constructed for individuals who beloved automobiles not those that needed to look cool.
I discussed a few of the issues that make this automobile ridiculous and loopy. There is no such thing as a means this automobile could possibly be made in the present day due to security rules and plenty of trendy supercar homeowners don’t even know how one can drive a handbook transmission. Most automobile producers would have scrapped the Countach undertaking 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 is no such thing as a means we are able to produce a automobile like this due to these issues. They stated it’s value shifting ahead with the automobile as a result of it’s so wonderful that it might nonetheless promote and be wonderful to drive even with these flaws. Over time, these flaws turned a part of what made the automobile so nice and iconic.
By far the factor that makes the Countach the very best automobile ever is the design. There is no such thing as a automobile that appears prefer it or compares to the outlandish strains and angles of this automobile. 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 strains absolutely till I owned one and spent quite a lot 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 took place 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 plenty of assume he succeeded. The Countach was a automobile meant for the individuals and a automobile meant to beat Ferrari. I believe it succeeded.