Why the Lamborghini Countach is the best car of all time
I do know a lot of you might have seen the YouTube videos and skim the journal evaluations 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 suppose I is perhaps loopy as a result of I learn those self same articles and watched the identical videos earlier than I purchased my Countach. I believe it is extremely vital to think about that I personal a Countach since you can’t respect this automotive by spending a couple of 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 superb I’m, it takes time to really respect every little thing it has to supply. The Countach is probably the most superb automotive ever constructed and for my part the most effective automotive of all time.
I grew up within the 80s and 90s so I’m biased as a result of this was the automotive each child had on their wall and sometime dreamed of getting. As a child, I didn’t notice how loopy the automotive 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 might be. I’m joyful to report that after rising up and proudly owning one in all these superb beasts I believe it was every little thing I believed it must be and extra.
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Why do YouTube videos and articles say Lamborghini Countach is Terrible?
After I watch videos on the Countach from individuals who have by no means owned a Countach, all of them say related issues. The automotive is outrageous to have a look at however it’s onerous to drive, uncomfortable, and never that quick. Many videos go on to say it isn’t even enjoyable to drive. Articles in regards to the automotive may even say related issues. One well-known automotive YouTuber mentioned the Countach was terrible and he owned one!
After I watch videos 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 dust low-cost Lamborghini Countach pondering he would promote it (he known as it terrible), however after proudly owning it for a couple of weeks fell in love with it and stored the automotive.
The issue with videos or articles from individuals who solely spend a couple of hours or perhaps a few days with the automotive is that they don’t get to learn the way the automotive works. This isn’t a Corvette that may be very easy and straightforward to know and drive. The Lamborghini Countach was meant to be probably the most outrageous automotive ever, and never simply in the way it seemed, however the way it drove as nicely. The automotive 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 supply 200 horsepower. Most individuals who drive these vehicles for the primary time are used to a contemporary automotive with simply as a lot or extra energy, extra room, extra visibility, and rather a lot 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 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 decent match. It was not possible for me to totally benefit from the automotive on that first drive. In actual fact, I believe I ran over a useless raccoon on the highway as a result of I used to be too scared to show quick as a result of I didn’t know the automotive but (I did get that on video!). It was a very tight match within the automotive as nicely. However I later realized the seat wasn’t all the way in which again and I might modify the steering wheel although Hoovies Storage mentioned it wasn’t adjustable.
The video under reveals the raccoon incident…
The automotive was quick and sounded nice, however it was actually comfortable 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 automotive in any respect. The appears to be like, the nostalgia, and the sensation of proudly owning an icon had been overwhelming and superb.
I can’t think about how Youtubers and journal writers really feel driving these vehicles for the primary time and feeling the identical approach but in addition attempting to get a really feel for the automotive to inform others what it’s like. It’s so completely different than every other automotive, it’s not possible to provide a good opinion with out experiencing the automotive for weeks and even longer. That is why so many individuals say it’s not nice to drive however superb to have a look at. They by no means get the prospect to actually drive the automotive or expertise it because it was meant to be and there’s a likelihood they’re driving a automotive 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 best approach?
I knew my Countach had a couple of points and a type 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 contemporary 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 bought the automotive again with new tires and a brand new wheel, it drove so a lot better. It caught to the highway, there was no wobble or shaking. It was a very completely different automotive. 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 automotive with the brand new tires and I used to be in a position to benefit from the sound of the automotive which is likely one of the greatest components. It’s not an amazing 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 facility however collectively are excellent.
One thing else I’ll by no means get uninterested in is the scent of the automotive. 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 scripting this a part of the article and I want I had been residence so I might sit within the automotive and scent that scent proper now.
After driving the automotive increasingly, I additionally realized the right way to sit in it. It’s tight for me, however as soon as I realized the angles and leans that match me, the automotive grew to become a lot extra snug. I additionally discovered the right way to modify the seat greatest for me and the right way to transfer the steering wheel up which gave me greater than sufficient legroom.
I’ve to take my footwear off once I drive, which is a enjoyable half for me as nicely, however the remainder of me suits high quality and permits me to drive with out compromise. I additionally realized the angles of the mirrors, the place my blindspots are, and the right way to look out the again window higher because of that extra snug sitting place. It’s superb how far more enjoyable the automotive is to drive when you discover ways to sit in it for optimum consolation.
If you end up snug and have Countach working because it ought to, it’s superb to drive. It’s not the quickest automotive, 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 in opposition to. It handles nicely and when individuals say it needs 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’ll be able to inform it needs to maintain going till it maxes out. That’s what the automotive was meant to do and when it actually shines. Sadly, there should not many locations you should use the Countach prefer it was meant for use.
You additionally could individuals 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 a bit troublesome and takes some muscle because it doesn’t have energy steering. When you get above that velocity the steering is improbable. Shifting the automotive isn’t troublesome 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 guide 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 superb, it’s going to persuade you. Figuring out you might be driving an icon is a bonus.
What are a number of the most annoying issues in regards to the Lamborghini Countach?
I really like the automotive however there are some annoying issues about it. One of the vital infamous components of the automotive is the home windows that roll down about 2 inches. My arm will barely match by them. I at all times hear you higher not get a Huge Mac as a result of it gained’t match by 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 automotive that would ever alter the scent.
If you actually need to pay a toll or undergo a drive-through you’ll be able to. 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 automotive is so brief.
Backing up can 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. After I first tried to again it up I felt cramped and claustrophobic as a result of I used to be unsure the right way to sit in it correctly. As soon as I discovered the right way to sit within the automotive it grew to become 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 chances are you’ll need to use the door sill method. That is the place you open the door and sit on the door sill so you’ll be able to pop your head out of the automotive to see and this system does work and is critical at instances. Additionally it is simple to succeed in the pedals and information the automotive whereas sitting on the sill.
The automotive 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 automotive as a result of all over the place you go there will likely be individuals waving at you, attempting to speak to you, and asking if it’s a package automotive. 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 most effective automotive ever made?
I made a daring assertion once I mentioned the Lamborghini Countach is the most effective automotive 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 final word automotive fanatic. If the automotive was simple to drive, it might take away from what it’s. The truth that solely a small proportion of the inhabitants will get pleasure from what this automotive is, makes it extra particular. The automotive was constructed for individuals who liked vehicles not those that needed to look cool.
I discussed a number of the issues that make this automotive ridiculous and loopy. There isn’t a approach this automotive may very well be made immediately due to security rules and plenty of trendy supercar homeowners don’t even know the right way to drive a guide transmission. Most automotive producers would have scrapped the Countach mission 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 superb. As a substitute of claiming, there isn’t a approach we will produce a automotive like this due to these issues. They mentioned it’s price transferring ahead with the automotive as a result of it’s so superb that it will possibly nonetheless promote and be superb to drive even with these flaws. Over time, these flaws grew to become a part of what made the automotive so nice and iconic.
By far the factor that makes the Countach the most effective automotive ever is the design. There isn’t a automotive that appears prefer it or compares to the outlandish traces and angles of this automotive. It’s essential 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 automotive 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 automotive firm to be higher than Ferrari from scratch and plenty of suppose he succeeded. The Countach was a automotive meant for the individuals and a automotive meant to beat Ferrari. I believe it succeeded.