The Countach is probably the most iconic supercar of all time.
We’ve all had posters of this beast on our bedroom walls when we were kids — some of us still do to this day. It was the ultimate automotive fantasy car.
The Marcello Gandini styled LP 400 made its debut at the 1973 Geneva motor show, and the ultra low two-seat supercar — the successor to the Miura — with its rakish styling and massive mid-engine V12 took the world by storm. And that was before the booth babes prised the scissor doors open, which swung up and forward. Conventional doors couldn’t be fitted due to the tubular spaceframe chassis and high and wide door sills. But they became a Lambo trademark.
It went on sale in 1974 and featured a 350bhp 4.0-litre V12 with six carburettors, four camshafts and four exhausts. It wasn’t long before a more-powerful version hit the scene, the 375bhp LP 400S. And then came the LP 500, which looked far more menacing thanks to all sorts of body scoops, and spoilers. On the practicality front, it was terrible; rear visibility was non-existent, the steering was seriously heavy and the cabin was short on space. And none of this mattered one little jot. The Countach was all about raw, unadulterated power — and the grunt was at the 420bhp mark when the 1985 5000 Quattrovalvole was revealed. Featuring a 5.2-litre V12, it could top 290kph. Three years later, a special 25th Anniversary model was built to mark the company’s anniversary — but it caused a stir for its styling changes that seemed to copy, of all cars, the Testarossa. We all know of the rivalry between Enzo and Ferruccio…
In 1990, after a total of 2,042 had been built during its 16-year lifetime, the Countach was replaced by the Diablo. Today, prices can range from Dh1.5 to Dh2 million for this all-time classic supercar.