Cool video, thought some would enjoy!
The Countach is a shi!t car. Yes, I'd love to have one. But for god's sake start being honest about it. It's cool because it's the genesis of your boyhood fascination with supercars. Not because it's good at being a car. Nothing f-ing works on the car. That's not admirable. It's comical, but it's not endearing. This whole "it's better because it's worse" Clarkson nonsense is just tired. The Countach has it's place, and yes as I said I'd love to have one. But for the realistic reasons... nostalgia being the predominant force, not because it's a good car. It's not.
Yes, the 700 hp, 0-60 in under 3 second, actually functioning and redeemable Aventador is lame. Right.
And before the vitriol overwhelms all of your pores and is mercilessly flung at me, I'm not the guy that can only appreciate things that are new, and that thinks whatever the most recent car someone built is their best car. That's not the case. I'd rather have a 288 GTO than any modern Ferrari.
It's sort of all relative. From a discussion standpoint is one thing but from a buying and owning perspective it's another.
The Countach was my absolute boyhood dream (along with Stacy Williams from the SI swimsuit issue). Then when I was about 14 or 15 I started to become aware of mechanical traits and virtues, and started to look at cars for the entire picture, not just appearances. The Countach was still up there but not THE top car on my list.
Fast forward a bunch of years to when I could actually afford one. Did I want one? Yes. Could I pull the trigger and buy one? Hell no. I came close a few times but each time I was like, "what a POS this thing is" and start getting the shakes thinking about $20k clutch services. Then every time I would get in one and close that beetle wing door it was like I was closing my own coffin in some terrible 1970's modernist nightmare. But then I looked all the newer Lamborghinis and came away really sad. I've driven all the Diablos, the Murci, and all the Gallardos. Everyone who said that the new cars are bland and characterless are right. They have very little soul. The Countach, for every bit the POS that it is, is so rich in character and personality that it goes beyond being "just a car." I think that's what people miss now. They perform great but so do all kinds of cars. Beyond that, you can barely crack the speed limit half the time because of all the traffic, police, etc. As a result, if you're not in a car that feels outrageous even while going slow, you're missing the fun. And owning something like that is not about going 0-60 in 3.2 seconds or whatever and whatever bench racing numbers everyone spouts. It's about having fun.
All those performance numbers are meaningless if you're not in something that puts a smile on your face at parking lot speeds. I'll take an old slow Ferrari 328 GTB over a Gallardo any day of the week.
If you want to own a Lamborghini that you can live with but still feels somewhat Italian, the Diablo 6.0 from 2001 is just about your only bet. Stiff clutch, slightly quirky but given a mechanical once over by VAG as a stop gap before the Murcielago. But you have to like that styling though. And get used to feeling like you're Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. Every time I see a Diablo pull up and the door open, I think of that movie.
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I'll never forget the day when one of my dad's friends brought a Countach by our house. It was especially amazing because we live in an average suburban neighborhood and to just sit out on the front porch and see a Countach was unforgettable.
I hear that the Miura wasn't a particularly great car either, but If I'm going on outrageous looks (for its time), rarity in the wild, and what I coveted as a young blossoming car enthusiast, this Lambo does it for me. The pre-wing and coke era LP400 is next in line among my Lambo list.
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