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12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Lamborghini Countach.

The Lamborghini Countach is the poster car to end all posters. Even now, you’d be hard-pressed to find a car with such polarizing wild lines, which is quite an achievement considering it was first produced in 1974. But did you know that the majority of those lines are completely functional, and that Lamborghini even produced a monstrous turbocharged version with 748 horsepower? These are only two of the Countach’s 12 amazing features that you probably didn’t know about.

  • The name “Countach” is derived from a swear word. This has to be one of the best censorship avoidance strategies ever devised by any firm. In the Piedmontese dialect, the word “countach” is a swear word, and it’s what the head of the Bertone design house exclaimed when he first saw the car’s design.
  • The Countach’s father is one of the most talented vehicle designers you’ve never heard of. What are some of Marcello Gandini’s previous automotive designs? To mention a few: the Lamborghini Miura, Diablo (and a plethora of other Lamborghinis), the first BMW 5-Series, Alfa Romeo Montreal, Ferrari Dino 308, De Tomaso Pantera, Renault 5 Turbo, and Lancia Stratos.
  • From an engineering sense, it was essentially a street-legal race car. The aluminum body was put on a tubular frame, similar to what most purpose-built race cars have today.
  • The Countach was the first car in the world to have vertically opening scissor doors. Gandini had employed them on the also-iconic Alfa Romeo Carabo concept a few years before, but the Countach was the first car to deploy them in production. As a result, the word “Lambo doors” was coined.
  • The top speed of the first Countach was grossly exaggerated. Predictions that it could hit 186 mph were a little optimistic. According to some accounts, this was a calculated attempt to dethrone the Ferrari Daytona, which had previously dethroned the Countach’s predecessor, the Miura. Independent testing conducted at the time revealed that the peak speed was a still-not-pedestrian 170 mph.
  • Lamborghini’s diabolical brains previously built a turbocharged version with 748 horsepower. Despite the fact that two prototypes were developed, the automobile was never produced. For Lamborghini’s legal team, releasing a car like that in the 1980s, before anything even faintly approximating today’s computerized driver aids existed, would have been a nightmare. However, for anyone who lived to tell the tale, it would have been absolutely incredible.
  • Horacio Pagani created the final version of the Countach. That Pagani, yes. He gave the automobile a major facelift for the 25th Anniversary Edition, with over 500 alterations in all.
  • Pagani created a Countach made entirely out of carbon fiber. The Evoluzione served as a sort of test bed for new technology. Pagani oversaw its development, believing that carbon fiber was the way of the future, but Lamborghini’s higher-ups disagreed. A few years later, Pagani quit, to create his own vehicle firm.
  • Parking the damn thing required you to be a gymnast. The Countach has what may be described as godawful rear visibility. As a result, most owners ended up reversing into a parking spot by opening the door, sitting partially out on the door sill, and spinning around to look back at the car while still operating the pedals and steering wheel.
  • The Countach is not just the ultimate poster automobile, but also the poster child for legally enforced obnoxious bumpers. The Countach had to be fitted with a federalized bumper, i.e., one that satisfied U.S. safety regulations, in order to be lawfully imported to the United States.
  • The majority of the car’s striking forms are actually practical. The doors are already known to you. Some of the cars have fender flares to accommodate bigger tires that were installed in 1978. The side ducts keep the engine from melting the car and itself, while the optional rear wing keeps the car stable enough to allow you to travel at high speeds without dying.
  • On July 4th, the very last countach was made. The last Countach was born at the same time as the first Diablo. It never made it to the United States, instead ending up in Lamborghini’s corporate museum.