I do know a lot of you could have seen the YouTube movies and skim the journal critiques that decision the Lamborghini Countach gradual, uncomfortable, onerous 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 essential to contemplate that I personal a Countach since you can’t recognize this automobile by spending a number of hours with it or perhaps a few days with it. The Countach is an acquired style and whereas the type shouts have a look at me and the way wonderful I’m, it takes time to actually recognize the whole lot it has to supply. The Countach is essentially the most wonderful automobile ever constructed and in my view one of the 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 appeared 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 will be. I’m glad to report that after rising up and proudly owning one in all these wonderful beasts I believe it was the whole lot I assumed it needs 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 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 even say related issues. One well-known automobile YouTuber mentioned 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 pondering he would promote it (he known as it terrible), however after proudly owning it for a number of weeks fell in love with it and stored the automobile.
The issue with movies or articles from individuals who solely spend a number of 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 simple and simple to grasp and drive. The Lamborghini Countach was meant to be essentially the most outrageous automobile ever, and never simply in the way it appeared, 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 lots 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 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 good match. It was unimaginable for me to completely benefit from the automobile on that first drive. In reality, I believe I ran over a useless 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 extremely tight match within the automobile as nicely. However I later realized the seat wasn’t all the best way again and I might alter the steering wheel although Hoovies Storage mentioned it wasn’t adjustable.
The video beneath exhibits the raccoon incident…
The automobile was quick and sounded nice, however it was actually cosy 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 appears, 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 method but additionally making an attempt to get a really feel for the automobile to inform others what it’s like. It’s so totally different than every other automobile, it’s unimaginable to present a good opinion with out experiencing the automobile for weeks and even longer. This is the reason so many individuals say it isn’t 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 likelihood they’re driving a automobile that has some points or has not been maintained nicely after 40 years as nicely.
What’s it actually prefer to drive a Lamborghini Countach the proper method?
I knew my Countach had a number of points and a kind 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 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 acquired 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 very totally different automobile. It makes me marvel what number of 30 and 40-year-old Countachs which might be test-driven now are maintained how they need to be.
I had way 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 among the finest components. It’s not an amazing roar, whine, or yell from the engine however a delicate constructing orchestra together with a myriad of mechanical noises they might or could not all have been there when it got here from the manufacturing facility however collectively are good.
One thing else I’ll by no means get bored with is the scent 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 penning this a part of the article and I want I had been dwelling so I might sit within the automobile and scent that scent proper now.
After driving the automobile an increasing number of, I additionally realized how one can sit in it. It’s tight for me, however as soon as I realized the angles and leans that match me, the automobile turned a lot extra comfy. I additionally discovered how one can alter the seat finest 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 high quality and permits me to drive with out compromise. I additionally realized the angles of the mirrors, the place my blindspots are, and how one can look out the again window higher because of that extra comfy sitting place. It’s wonderful how way more enjoyable the automobile is to drive when you discover ways to sit in it for max consolation.
If you end up comfy 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 folks say it desires to maintain going sooner the sooner it goes, they aren’t mendacity. In case you take it as much as 80 MPH or just a bit sooner, you may 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 will not be many locations you should use the Countach prefer it was meant for use.
You additionally could folks say the steering is troublesome and the shifting is hard because of a heavy clutch. In case you are going lower than 5 MPH, sure the steering is slightly troublesome and takes some muscle because it doesn’t have energy steering. When you get above that pace the steering is unbelievable. Shifting the automobile just isn’t troublesome 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 because of the gated guide 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 a few of 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 infamous components of the automobile is the home windows that roll down about 2 inches. My arm will barely match by them. I all the time hear you higher not get a Large Mac as a result of it gained’t match by 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 would ever alter the scent.
If you actually need to pay a toll or undergo a drive-through you may. 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 automobile is so brief.
Backing up can also be troublesome 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. In case you are backing up into an area with lower than 30 ft of clearance on all sides it’s possible 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 may pop your head out of the automobile to see and this method does work and is important at instances. It is usually simple 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 folks you’ll hate this automobile as a result of in all places you go there shall be folks waving at you, making an attempt to speak to you, and asking if it’s a package automobile. When driving the home windows supply a built-in excuse to not speak to anybody since they aren’t powered and barely open.
Why is the Lamborghini Countach one of the best automobile ever made?
I made a daring assertion after I mentioned the Lamborghini Countach is one of the best automobile ever. I admit it isn’t the quickest, and many individuals will hate driving it. Nonetheless, it isn’t made for the plenty, it’s made for the last word automobile fanatic. If the automobile was simple to drive, it will take away from what it’s. The truth that solely a small proportion of the inhabitants will get pleasure from what this automobile is, makes it extra particular. The automobile was constructed for many who liked automobiles not those that wished to look cool.
I discussed a few of the issues that make this automobile ridiculous and loopy. There is no such thing as a method this automobile could possibly be made right this moment due to security laws and plenty of fashionable supercar homeowners don’t even know how one can 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 is no such thing as a method we will produce a automobile like this due to these issues. They mentioned it’s value transferring ahead with the automobile as a result of it’s so wonderful that it will possibly 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 one of the best 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 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 start out 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 folks and a automobile meant to beat Ferrari. I believe it succeeded.