It's easy to forget just how insane the Lamborghini Countach was when it debuted in 1971. While the rest of the world was still focused on producing sports cars with flowing, organic body lines, Lamborghini pulled back the sheets on fiendishly-low Countach with it's razor-sharp panel creases and plethora of vents and ducts. Very simply, there had never been anything like this car on the road before. Maybe that's why it holds onto our imaginations so rabidly. It's more than having owned the poster. It's knowing that in spite of all the machine's flaws, the Countach is something special.

James Chen, the owner of Axis Wheels, knows that fact all too well. As a life-long fan of the Countach, he finally realized a childhood dream when he bought the machine you see above. The crew from Petrolicious recently caught up with Chen to discuss what it is that sets the Countach apart. With plenty of gorgeous cinematography and a soundtrack punctuated by the V12's exhaust note, the clip is well worth your time. Check it out below.



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      StephenT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Back in my home town during the early 80's there was a guy that owned a conversion van shop. He had a white Countach. Being a young 13yr old boy I had never seen anything like it. I was mesmerized by it and I still love that look even though I now know they were not that good of a car. He ended up losing that car and everything else because he was not only delivering customized vans but also some white powder was being transported as well.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey man, do you need a jacket? You look cold.
      Red
      • 2 Years Ago
      That car has one of the best sounds of all time. If I had one, I would only drive it in tunnels.
      luckydaniel1
      • 2 Years Ago
      beautifully captured
      jdwkinc
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still have a poster of a black Countache on my office wall today. It would be fun to own for a while, but garage space is such a premium, I don't think I could give up a spot for it all the time.
      Generic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actually saw a red one driving on the road once. I was going the opposite direction on a two lane road in Canton, MA. Photo's and even HD video don't do the crazy design justice. They look insane and sound SIIIIIIIICK. The first was visual awww, then it was the sound and feel of the engine. While I'd never personally want one, they are really something to see in motion. Even if it is a crazy cartoon impractical car, they just rock.
      Ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really well done video
      John Hansen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I really have to disagree on the looks. This car is certainly cool because it's so outrageous, but it certainly isn't beautiful. It looks like it has a bunch of glued on parts from eBay and the proportions are so awkward. Maybe it was the inspiration for the Pontiac Aztec. An example of both outrageous and beautiful from the same era was the c3 Corvette. Nearly as impractical, but much better looking.
        LifeLongCarGuy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Hansen
        I'm not going to -1 you. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I just think you are nuts if you're a car guy and you don't think the Countach is by far one of the best supercar designs ever.
          LOLO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @LifeLongCarGuy
          i like it but its not
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Having grown up with posters of cars like these on my bedroom walls as a kid, I think it's safe to say that the Countach is possibly the most beautiful and timeless designs in automotive history.
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Edmunds InsideLine voted it #1 in a list of "100 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time" followed by the 1931 Duesenberg Model J, 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, & 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. "1. 1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400: Marcello Gandini's masterpiece. Successor to the Miura. Outrageous in every way. The most visually provocative car of all time. The first bedroom wall poster car ever, it has defined automotive lust for three generations." http://www.insideline.com/features/100-most-beautiful-cars-ever-made.html
          Andre Neves
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          IOMTT, LoL, so you base a car's beauty & design on what someone is willing to pay for it? Umm, ok. Whatever you say buddy. Reminds me. In 2006, the following painting, dubbed "Woman III", was sold for $137.5. Surely, it MUST be worth exactly what was paid for it according to your logic: http://listverse.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/woman3.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_III
          IOMTT
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          OK, so a few people who voted in some obscure poll like the Countach. Now go and see which car is more desired by the collector car market where people vote with dollars.
      john
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll go the complete opposite route, and say that this car really hasn't aged well in terms of overall looks and appeal. In fact, the Lambo Miura is a far more beautiful automobile. Flame away.
        IOMTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john
        Just commented the same thing before reading your thoughts. Cars in general got pretty ugly through the end of the 70's. Compare the looks of Corvettes, Ferraris, Porsche 911 from late 60's to early 70's to the end of the 70's. What the hell happened? I know the bumper laws had a lot to do with some of the ugliness, but only some.
        GokieKS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john
        I agree with you actually - I never thought the Countach was a beautiful car, whereas I consider the Miura to be the best looking car Lamborghini has ever made.
      GokieKS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I obviously do not own and have not driven one, but by all accounts the Countach was not a very good car when it comes to owning and driving it, and, honestly, it's not even a very good looking car either (this is highly subjective though, of course). But what it is, is probably the most visually striking car ever made - there has been no car before it and none since that has screamed "outrageous exotic" quite the way the Countach did. There are better and more beautiful supercars, but I can't imagine there ever being another one that captures your eye when seen on the street like the Countach does.
        GokieKS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GokieKS
        Oh, and the video is very nice. Camera work is good, and James Chen does a good job talking about the car.
      George Kages
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great car, but he should have worn a bra.
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