According to 365 Days of Motoring, (an unsecured site [why?] so I won’t link to it here), on this day in 1990 the last Lamborghini Countach was produced. Other sources place the last production day as a little later in 1990, but do I need a reason to write about the Countach?
Supposedly, “Countach” is a curse word in Italian and the car was given that name because that was the reaction of Bertone’s chief the first time he saw the car. Marcello Gandini, a very famous car designer, drew the prototype.
Here is how I first became aware of the car:
In this post I wrote about this book, Automobiles of the World, Albert Lewis and Walter Musciano, © 1977, and how I had purchased it to help with my History term paper in my senior year of high school, “The Development Of The Automobile And Its Effect On 20th Century American Society.” Yeah, that was my reason. 🙂
The claimed 185+ MPH top speed was almost certainly an exaggeration. As I have learned, real testing pegged the top speed at about 170 MPH, which of course was very fast for the mid-1970s and is still fast today.
The more I talked about this car after I discovered it, however, the faster it became. I seem to remember at some point telling people the car could reach in excess of 200 MPH. Little did/could I imagine that one day I would own a car that really was capable of 200 MPH. OK, a picture; no, not of my car, but of a Countach:
From Dupont Registry a picture of a 1989 Countach, called the 25th Anniversary model in honor of Lamborghini’s beginning as an automobile manufacturer. By the way, the average asking price for the five Countaches currently listed on Hemmings is a tad over $500,000.
I lusted after the Countach as a teenager, but am not anywhere near as fond of it now. Still, despite its total production run of just under 2,000, it is one of the most important performance cars ever produced.
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