• Dec 7, 2008
Click above for a gallery of Countaches through the years

The Lamborghini Countach is the poster child for the modern Italian supercar. Literally. If you're of a certain age (and there are a few of us here at Autoblog who are), you probably had a series of Countach posters on your bedroom wall throughout your formative years. Put simply, the Countach was awesome. Still is, too. The clean-looking LP400 cars, as shown above, are simply gorgeous. Successive updates added visual muscle, but the basic goodness remained the same. (And yes, the 25th Anniversary car's cheese-slicer grates are an abomination.)

While the Countach is capable of being outperformed by a number of modern, far less exotic sports cars, none of them carry its overwhelming wow factor (or the excellent bold oblique lamborghini logo) Roll up in a Z06 or 911 Turbo today and no one will bat an eyelash, despite their being world-class machines. Arrive in a Countach, however, and you have an event on your hands. That's just how it is. Always was. Always will be.

Jay Leno, no surprise, has a Countach -- a nicely-worn, red, carbeurated '86 Quattrovalvole that once served as his daily driver and now has 70,000 miles on the clock. Obviously, he loves it, and it's the subject of the Jay Leno's Garage video we've got embedded after the jump. Jay gives a brief history of his car, which includes nuggets such as his deletion the rear wing because he thought it was stupid. (And really, it is. These cars look so much better without it.) Make sure you watch the whole thing. If you bail early you'll miss the ending. And really, who wants to miss Countach burnouts?


[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I am pausing the video to make a comment. His garage is downright outrageous. In 5 seconds of video, i saw a Miura, Countach, R8, an F1, and old ferrari F1 car, an ariel atom... man if i could just spend a day in that place...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Big Dog Garage is insane. I took a private tour through there a couple years ago... Just crazy. He even has a room full of Duesenbergs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You know who ELSE had a room full of Duesenbergs?
      • 6 Years Ago
      jay is the man!!!! these videos are awesome. i dont know why no one hasnt thought of giving him his own show (on speed tv?) showing and talking about nothing but his cars. that would be great.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Many people say that this was the ultimate poster car... my self? I never cared much about the Countach design... or most lambos, the only lambo I really is the Miura , now that is a true beauty.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I had one of those posters on my wall, right next to my farrah fawcett poster lol, and I remember Car and Driver stating you can buy the optional tacky rear wing or you could buy a brand new Yugo at that time for the same price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The wing looked great in the overhead shot. Which was perhaps the most famous poster of it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He probably has more cars than Paris Hilton shoes. The biggest petrolhead ever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK Lambo - jump on the retro bandwagon!! What would a 2010 Countach look like?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember reading that the wing was put on by Lamborghini because at high speeds the car would actually start to lift off the ground. It wasn't there just for looks, it was to keep this plane on the ground.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lambos used to be such nice looking cars. I'd take a Countach over any current Lambos.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wrong video gentlemen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      on a somewhat related note, i really wish the Embolado was the replacement for the Mercielago.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was a child of the 90's, so I don't know what I should have on my wall. Right now I have A purple Diablo GTR, but should I opt for the Mc Laren F1?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This probably won't be the most controversial comment, but I completely agree with Jay. The Countach, along with the Lotus Elise, defined the supercar. It's why I prefer the looks of the Countach over the looks of the Miura. Modern supercars may be better, but those supercars really looked the part.

      But also it was just ridiculous. You can hear how loud it is inside. Also, because of the big stepover and the transmission tunnel, you end up wedged in there, despite it being a big car. The rims are ridiculous, they are heavy and inhibit the ability for the brakes to cool off.

      The Diablo was a far better car in practice, but it wasn't a Countach, nothing else is. It's a pity the taillights never really looked like they fit the car on the Countach, because the rest was stunning.

      The radical appearance of the Espirit and Countach really underscores why I find it so ridiculous when people call the ZR1 a supercar. A supercar attracts attention, even standing still. A ZR1 just looks like a regular Vette.

      He sure does have an amazing garage. It's next to his Miura, his Audi R8, and when he wants a contrast, he can point at his McLaren F1.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ah yes, but the ZR1 has the LS9 in it. If you would take a moment to do some math with me:

        LS2 + LS7 = LS9

        Therefore, the ZR1 is the answer to the question posed by your handle. Why not the LS2/LS7? Because the LS9 is as awesome as both put together! Your very existence is defined by the ZR1! How could the Countach possibly be your preference?
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