I remember the first time I ever saw a Countach up close as if it happened yesterday. It was in Melbourne in the beginning of the 80's when a car dealer in the neighborhood that specialized in Italian vehicles brought a black example of the Countach. I've seen many supercars of all sorts since then, but autoofcars2011.blogspot has ever made a bigger impression on this lad than the Countach.
Like the Miura it replaced, the Countach was designed by the magic hands of Marcello Gandini who was then working for Bertone.
Three years after the introduction of the prototype model at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini launched the production model dubbed LP400 that was powered by a longitudinally mounted 375HP 4.0-liter V12 (hence the LP name - Longitudinale Posteriore).
Until its demise in 1990 when it was replaced by the Diablo, Lamborghini constantly developed the Countach presenting newer and more powerful versions with the last being the "25th Anniversary".
Named to honor the company's 25 year anniversary, it was produced from 1988 to 1990 and it featured some 500 changes and improvements over the 5000QV including the unpopular to many, front and side spoilers and modified air vents that brought to mind Ferrari's Testarossa.
Sure the Countach had many flaws including its overtly cramped cabin, zero practicality and its characteristically heavy controls (gearbox, clutch and steering wheel), but the fact that it remained in production as a top player in the supercar segment for 16 years is a feat few vehicles throughout history of cars can match.