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December 13, 2013
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of driving a friend's Lamborghini Countach back from a local car show. Spent maybe 20 miles behind the wheel of the iconic supercar, which, in its day, was a much bigger deal than any Corvette has ever been.
It was epic. But not for the reasons you might think.
Though I'm glad to have had the experience, it was nerve wracking. Most cars from the '80s aren't great drivers and the Countach is no exception. This carbureted LP5000 is powerful enough to be quick, but there's little control. No part of me wanted to corner the car aggressively. With 225s up front and 345s out back it's a desperate understeerer — or so I'm told. Its clutch is heavy, its transmission doesn't shift into second until it's fully warmed up, and its brakes couldn't stop a car weighing 1,000 pounds less. Visibility is utterly hopeless.
The mid-1980s LP5000 is a car that's come full circle for many enthusiasts, myself included. I embraced it in childhood as the poster car it deserved to be, went through a period of hating its brazen flares, wing and doors, and have once again returned to loving it unconditionally. I mean, really, just look at the thing.
It is hugely, achingly, gratuitously tough looking. Nothing before or since even comes close.
And then, when it was all over and I had returned the Countach safely to its garage, I jumped in a genuinely fast car — a green one — and went home.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor