I do know a lot of you will have seen the YouTube movies and browse the journal critiques that decision the Lamborghini Countach gradual, uncomfortable, exhausting to drive, and one thing that ought to simply be checked out. I can perceive why you assume I may 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 necessary to contemplate that I personal a Countach since you can not respect 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 have a look at me and the way wonderful I’m, it takes time to really respect all the things it has to supply. The Countach is essentially the most wonderful automobile ever constructed and for my part 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 understand how loopy the automobile was in actual life however knew it seemed loopy on a poster on my wall. It disenchanted many people to develop up and be taught that the Countach might not be all we had creamed it will be. I’m completely happy to report that after rising up and proudly owning one among these wonderful beasts I feel it was all the things I believed it must 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 automobile is outrageous to take a look at however it’s exhausting to drive, uncomfortable, and never that quick. Many movies go on to say it isn’t even enjoyable to drive. Articles concerning the automobile will even say comparable issues. One well-known automobile YouTuber stated 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 referred to as it terrible), however after proudly owning it for just a few weeks fell in love with it and stored 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 know 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 properly. The automobile 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 provide 200 horsepower. Most individuals who drive these vehicles 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 loss of life. I had pushed my Lamborghini Diablo for years however the Countach is so completely different and we hear all of the tales about how exhausting 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 unattainable for me to completely benefit from the automobile on that first drive. In truth, I feel 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 properly. However I later discovered the seat wasn’t all the best way again and I might alter the steering wheel regardless that Hoovies Storage stated 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 a bit disenchanted in how shaky it was however even with these faults, I used to be not disenchanted within the automobile in any respect. The appears, 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 means but additionally attempting to get a really feel for the automobile to inform others what it’s like. It’s so completely different than some other automobile, it’s unattainable to offer a good opinion with out experiencing the automobile for weeks and even longer. For this reason so many individuals say it’s not 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 likelihood they’re driving a automobile 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 fitting means?
I knew my Countach had just a few points and a type of was the tires have been 27 years previous. I used to be very cautious driving it with tires that previous and couldn’t wait to essentially 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).
After I received the automobile again with new tires and a brand new wheel, it drove so significantly better. It caught to the street, there was no wobble or shaking. It was a very 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 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 likely one of the greatest elements. It’s not an awesome roar, whine, or yell from the engine however a refined 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 excellent.
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 vehicles. I’m in my workplace proper now penning this a part of the article and I want I have been house so I might sit within the automobile and scent that scent proper now.
After driving the automobile an increasing number of, I additionally discovered learn how to 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 comfy. I additionally discovered learn how to alter the seat greatest for me and learn how to transfer the steering wheel up which gave me greater than sufficient legroom.
I’ve to take my sneakers off once 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 learn how to 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 learn to sit in it for optimum consolation.
When you find yourself 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 velocity, 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 needs to maintain going sooner the sooner it goes, they aren’t mendacity. If you happen to 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 automobile was meant to do and when it actually shines. Sadly, there are usually not many locations you should use the Countach prefer it was meant for use.
You additionally could folks say the steering is tough and the shifting is hard because of a heavy clutch. If you’re going lower than 5 MPH, sure the steering is a bit 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 shouldn’t be tough in any respect and the clutch was not almost 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 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 wonderful, it should persuade you. Realizing you might be driving an icon is a bonus.
What are among the most annoying issues concerning the Lamborghini Countach?
I like the automobile however there are some annoying issues about it. One of the vital infamous elements of the automobile 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 Massive 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 Massive Mac in my Countach. There higher not be any meals in that automobile that might ever alter the scent.
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 automobile is so brief.
Backing up can 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 unsure learn how to sit in it correctly. As soon as I discovered learn how to 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 could 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 critical at instances. Additionally it is straightforward to succeed in 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.
If you happen to hate folks you’ll hate this automobile as a result of all over the place you go there will likely be folks waving at you, attempting to speak to you, and asking if it’s a package automobile. 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 very best automobile ever made?
I made a daring assertion once 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. Nevertheless, 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 cherished vehicles not those that needed to look cool.
I discussed among the issues that make this automobile ridiculous and loopy. There is no such thing as a means this automobile could possibly be made as we speak due to security laws and plenty of trendy supercar house owners don’t even know learn how to drive a handbook 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 any means we are able to produce a automobile like this due to these issues. They stated it’s value transferring 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 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 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 strains absolutely till I owned one and spent a whole lot of time simply it in my storage.
I feel 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 plenty of assume he succeeded. The Countach was a automobile meant for the folks and a automobile meant to beat Ferrari. I feel it succeeded.