On it’s 50th birthday, the Lamborghini Countach is set to make a comeback. The 1971-unveiled supercar is a true embodiment of post-war maximalism, with vehicle design being revolutionised by technological breakthroughs and modernisation. This is the golden child of 70’s classic supercars, and probably the best looking 50-year old from Italy of all time. The Marcello Gandini-designed beast featured a 5.0-liter, V12 engine, and was undoubtedly the most famous car worldwide before Ferrari’s Testarossa came along. The car was in production for a mere 16 years before being sidelined for more modern iterations of the Lambo – Murcielago, Diablo and more.
While the Countach was celebrated in its heyday as a sports car through inclusions in classics like The Cannonball Run I & II (1981/1984) and Miami Vice (1985), it’s been adopted as an antique flex in the 21st century. Kanye rapped “1985 Lamborghini Countach, two of ‘em” on Watch the Throne’s Illest Motherfucker Alive, and Jordan Belfort famously crawled out of one in The Wolf of Wall Street.
The car’s form is uncompromising, arriving as a jagged, aggressively-sculpted assembly of trapezoidal shapes, with scissor doors exclusive to the Countach before being universally adopted by Lamborghini’s extended arsenal. Historically, the beast had a habit of overheating – what Lamborghini has in store for us five decades later, will surely be otherworldly, so let’s wait and see.
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