• May 10, 2011
Valentino Balboni and the four Lamborghini Countaches – Click above for high-res image

We've seen a lot of creative comparison tests over the years. Most of them involve new cars compared against other new cars. But for its latest retrospective, Inside Line has gone a decidedly different route, comparing the various renditions of the Lamborghini Countach against each other. And they brought along Lamborghini's veteran test driver Valentino Balboni for an inside line of his own.

Now if you think the Murcielago lasted a long time, well... it did. Eight years, in fact. The Diablo before it lasted eleven. But the Countach was around for an astonishing sixteen years – an incredibly long lifetime for any car. And over the course of the three decades it remained in production, the Countach spawned numerous derivatives, from the original production LP400 through the wide-body S and the Quattrovalvole through to the straked 25th Anniversary edition.

As the Countach ages from the chintzy and cartoonish to the iconic and historic, choosing which one stood out as the finest example was undoubtedly a difficult task, but someone had to do it. Follow the link to see what they found. It's worth the read.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Charles Houghton
      • 3 Years Ago
      since when does sixteen years = three decades?
        MetalNerd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charles Houghton
        I questioned that, too. Maybe Lamborghini's are SO fast that every year counts as two.
        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charles Houghton
        Its the "New Math" - You know, the kind where there are no wrong answers and everyone gets a happy face on their paper?
        rocketmoose
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charles Houghton
        You could say that it was spread across 3 decades, in the same way that 13 years could be seen as spanning 3 decades, i.e. 1969-1982.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never quite understood the appeal - the Countach always struck me as a big doorstop on wheels, whereas it's contemporary from Ferrari - the 512 BB - was a thing of beauty... ...and as a bonus, you could see out the back to reverse without opening a door.
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brian
        Ummm, Ferrari fan here, and the Countach was the best Lambo of all time IMO, opening the door to park it was what made it awesome.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Mr. Balboni. Make my Quattrovalvole black, with the wing, silver wheels, doing 135mph up the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
      Dixon Ticonderoga
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those wondering, 16 years covers the 70s, 80s and 90s. It's the same math used to say that, say, Prince and Van Halen have been releasing albums for five decades even though they starts in 78-79.
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who would of thought that a tractor company would end up building insane cars like these. Thanks Feruccio.
      zapperdude60
      • 3 Years Ago
      The red one belongs to none other than Harry Metcalfe of EVO fame. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiBMo7j5Gtk
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take the one from Canonball Run. Include the hot chicks please.
      badgeless
      • 3 Years Ago
      He is refering to the Countach spanning a lifetime over three decades, 1974-1990, even though yes it was is production for only 16 years. Very well written article and very informative for people that don't know their Lamborghini history. I'm no guru as I learned quite a bit myself from it. As for me, I'll take the less desiarable '84 model, just cause that's the year I was born in, then I'd rally the beast!!!
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I prefer my Countach a 25th Anniversary edition, white, just like the one in the image. A car I'd like to own? God no. But I still love it
      Drachen
      • 3 Years Ago
      My favorite Countach? That's easy -any Countach that somebody hands me the keys to! (Bonus points if they also include a prepaid gas card.)
      Mike van Straelen
      • 3 Years Ago
      The DS is truly a beauty, especially the convertible!
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