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Dec 07

Profile: The Lamborghini Countach.

They say that Helen of Troy had the face that launched a thousand ships. In a way, the Lamborghini Countach is the car world’s Helen of Troy. The Countach was the ultimate poster child of the 1970s and 1980s and it surely launched thousands of future car guys’ imagination. With it’s razor sharp looks, huge rear tires, and more inlets, winglets, and angles then a Picaso, the Countach easily captured the imagination of a generation. So just what is the Lamborghini Countach, and what’s it all about?

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The Lamborghini Countach

The Countach started production in 1974. It’s radical, angular, Bertone styling is said to have set the trend for the wedge cars that were to follow in the 1980s. Think Lotus Esprit, Pontiac Fiero and Ferrari Testarossa. It would be constructed of aircraft grade aluminum making for a relatively light weight body. The entire car came in at about 3100 lbs. The Countach was also legendary for one other element, the doors. They were so influential they are often called “Lambo doors” by man enthusiast. Other cars would have the famous scissor doors in the future and some companies would make them on the after market for many models. It could be argued that the styling of the Countach is seen in every Lamborghini since.

The engine of the Countach was a longitudinally mounted four liter V12 borrowed from the Miura. However, it would not be long before Lamborghini would up the displacement to a five liter and finally a 5.2 liter. The American version of the car used six Weber carburetors until the 5000QV model which switched to a fuel injected system. Ultimately the engine produced 450hp.

Because of the Countach’s poor visibility, heavy steering, and very low seating position, it was notoriously hard to drive. Owners pioneered a reversing maneuver where they would sit on the sill of the drivers side with the door open, looking behind the car to back. Performance was on par with it’s competitors of the day with a 0-60 time of just under 5 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.

Only 2046 Lamborghini Countaches where produced over the entire production run so it is no surprise that they are becoming collectible. The Countach has been made into countless toys, models, video games, and posters over the years so it is no wonder this car has reached legendary status and has earned the right to be the first Infinite Garage profile car.

1 comment

  1. Jon

    I didn’t realize so few were made. Nice read.

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