The Lamborghini Countach was built for a staggering 16 years and is without a doubt one of the most over-the-top vehicles ever conceived, as Doug DeMuro recently discovered.
First shown to the world at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the Countach was designed by Bertone and was the first Lamborghini fitted with the now-trademark scissor doors. To say it is an important vehicle in the history of Lamborghini would be an understatement. In fact, it is pretty much the genesis for the Diablo, Murcielago and Aventador.
Although production commenced in 1974, it wasn’t until 1985 that Lamborghini decided to adapt the Countach to meet U.S. federal safety standards. In order to do so it had to fit the supercar with a set of infamous and ugly bumpers both at the front and rear.
After the Countach, Lamborghinis became much more refined and useable (and expensive). Even still, the wedge-shaped supercar cemented its place in automotive history long ago.