Lamborghini Countach (1974 -1990)
Originally a concept car in 1971, the Countach found fame at various motor shows
Flashback to your previous life. Who were you? A warrior in Genghis Khans army? Maybe a baker in South America in the 1800’s? But if you are here at NRW now, you know deep down inside, you were once Wall Street executive in the 1980’s.
So you find yourself at the hight of your career. You own the fastest rising firm and you got money and class coming out your ears that its becoming obscene. There is literally only one car to match your lifestyle. Its fast and loud. Bold and stylish. Exclusive and expensive. Classy and yet, in your face.
Its the Lamborghini Countach.
Originally a concept car in 1971, the Countach found fame at various motor shows. For those that don’t know, Lamborghini and Ferrari have forever been locked in battle when it comes to making super cars. But Lamborghini has always leaned a little more toward bold and dangerous design, and the Countach was their first sizable step in this endeavor. Its large midship engine pushed the driver far more forward and was renowned for such a new theory in motoring. The scissor doors not only looked cool, but helped the long cockpit style meet functionality. Several new touches were added in the world of aerodynamics and air cooling as well. The result of the styling, mixed with powerful V12 engines, made the Lamborghini Countach the top dog in the supercar world. Production began in 1974 and ended in 1990 and included 6 variants, giving it an impressive 16 year run.
1985 was the year that it hit US shores and became the bedroom poster envy to every young American kid. By then, Countach manufacturing had reached a respectable maturity and the cars were faster and more refined than the previous years. The US market got a 5.1 liter V12 that produced 415 HP. Zero to sixty was an impressive 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 179 mph. The downside in the states was that the car didn’t meet US safety standards and a special extra bumper had to be created just for the car. Nevertheless, at $100,000 MSRP, people ordered them in droves and the model cemented Lamborghini into not only US car culture, but the world as well. With all the speed, flashy doors, extreme styling and insane performance, its no wonder Jordan Belfort (AKA The Wolf of Wall Street) owned one. Even on quaaludes, this thing has to be a rush to drive.