• Mar 12, 2011
1987 Lamborghini Countach – Click above for video after the jump.

Cars have come a long way since 1987, when 60 Minutes sent its dour, gray-suit-clad crew from New York to Italy to have an extended look at the Lamborghini Countach. If nothing else, we've become jaded to how much car the Countach actually was, distracted by the fact that its brakes could have been sharper, its road manners more civil and its huge V12 less temperamental.

Yes, this video has made the rounds in years past, but it's time to revisit it again. We love that Morely Safer gets squired around by a young-looking Valentino Balboni, who takes him to 180 mph on Italian public roads around Sant'Agata. We love that David E. Davis, Jr., then of Automobile Magazine fame, still looks much the same as he does today, waxed mustache and all. The video is strictly non-P.C., and that's what makes it so good.

From Lamborghini factory drivers terrorizing public roads (they didn't even have a test track), to its head of marketing breathlessly comparing the Countach to a "beautiful virgin," the 60 Minutes feature reminds us what Lamborghini should be. If, like some of us, you remember watching this the night it originally aired, clicking past the jump will make for a welcome trip back in time.

[Source: CBS]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Great piece of journalism!

      Senior in high school, class of '86. My buddies and I were on the yearbook staff and we DEMANDED the Countach be on the cover.

      Sure enough, it came to be. Yay Chief Sealth High School class of '86!
      • 3 Years Ago
      thanks for sharing this again
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only an Italian farmer can wear those shades while driving a tractor through his vineyard.
      • 3 Years Ago
      love it so much.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was the car that got me into cars in the first place. I will always have a special place in my heart for the Countach.


      (apologies if this posts twice. Autoblog doesn't seem to be showing my comment)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm with David E. We all need a vitamin V 12 injection to stay healthy and happy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The world is changing right before our eyes...
      kinda sad that people have given up on trying to make it in life and just accept that they will never be able to enjoy something like this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I guess what I'm trying to say is that. It doesn't illicit the same congratulatory response of yesteryear. These days everything is so disposable. Exactly what you said you can gas it up beat on it drive it across country then sell it... There is no REAL bonding happening there. Its like doing the same thing in a rental you are disconnected because for the most part the responsibility to maintain and take care of your machine has been taken away. Also this society doesn't value human relationships anymore don't like someone? delete them from your friends list. If people don't care about their relationships with other humans (because god forbid you don't agree on something ) Then why would you care about an object that you worked so hard to get?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nero, its kind of a good thing that the world can no longer enjoy such a thing. As youfacethetick said, the cars were actually really bad. Yes it was fast in a straight line, but those thing handled like a bus, and with anything that is hand built like that, the quality is always going to be an issue. A current lambo, you can beat the hell out of the thing, then go drive it cross country with the only service you'd have to do is fill it with (a lot) of gas. Not to mention that thing is a stylish coffin. Supercars of today are worlds safer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ya watchin' TopGear USA...School 'em Morley! What a great piece.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The Countach barely uses any brought in, subcontracted parts. Everything, from the engine block to gearbox, is made right here and most things, made by hand. Just like a good suit."

      What a glorious time. I'm sad those days are long gone.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This describes almost exactly the way I feel about this, easily my favorite design for a car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      2:18 "It's a thrilling ride, I must say." Translation: "I'd be screaming like a girl if the camera weren't running."
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great video... Amazing car.
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