The Rev’ed up History Of the Lamborghini Countach

The Lamborghini Countach is one of the most recognizable cars ever produced. From its wedge-shaped design to its cabin-forward layout, the Countach is easy to identify from afar—if you’re lucky enough to spot one on the road. Sports Car International magazine placed the Countach among the ten best sports cars of the 70s and 80s, but only 2,042 were manufactured, and they’re a rare sight these days.

Lamborghini manufactured this high-performance car from 1974 to 1990. Its designer, Marcello Gandini, was young and inexperienced when he started working on the car, but he was also unhindered by convention. The design he came up with was groundbreaking; it featured a nearly flat body and a cabin pushed forward as far as possible to allow room for a powerful engine. The now-iconic scissor-shaped door found on most Lamborghini’s also appeared for the first time on the Countach. 

The Lamborghini Countach was designed to be fast and stylish, and it was overhauled several times before the release of its final edition in 1990—in honor of its parent company’s 25th anniversary. The Anniversary edition was the most popular Countach and probably the fastest, too; it could go from 0–60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds and topped out at 183 miles per hour. The Countach influenced nearly every sports car that came after it, and it remains one of the finest examples of Italian auto design. 


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