Supercar Spotlight: 1988 Countach
by Brendon  | 3/24/2011 11:26:37 PM
Welcome to the first feature post of the Supercar Saturdays blog.
We hope to provide a little bit more insight into the cars and owners that attend Supercar
Saturdays, as well as give you more to read on our website than registration info
and directions.
Twin Countachs
Our first supercar needs no introduction. If you were born in the early 80's you
probably lusted over this particular machine for years as it was the quintessential
exotic of its time, and still has a certain aura to it whenever you see one in
person. The owner, Bob, is used to the stares and attention; saying:
"If I park it in town to have dinner it virtually stops traffic. On the toll-way people follow me for miles taking pictures. It's the car that was featured in Cannon Ball Run and Rain Man. Everyone knows what it is, The Lamborghini that made Lamborghini what they are today."
Bob is lucky to own quite possibly one of the last production Countachs ever
built. The run ended in mid-1988, with the numbers on the car indicating that
this example was built in May. The factory is currently trying to confirm this car's
lineage as one of the final 10 to come off the line.
Like most supercars, the most exciting part of the experience is in the driver's
seat. The owner had this to say:
"Driving is always an adrenaline rush but it is a handful. I've driven [manual] cars
my entire life but the Countach has a very unforgiving clutch. It's tough to get
used to and stalls easily. Not the kind of thing you want to do when a crowd is
watching you park. You better have small feet also..."
Buying a Countach in this day and age isn't as much of a challenge as it was
back when they were still in the dealerships and on aspiring childrens' bedroom
walls, but owning a Countach today represents a slightly larger investment.
Bob shared a few anecdotes that brought the ownership experience into
perspective. "Maintenance is always difficult. No matter how much I read there
is so little known about these cars. There is no shop manual and even the wiring
diagrams I've found on line are usually wrong." It even went so far as to have
an ignition specialist not even include a wiring diagram with the installation kit
because "no two cars are the same... I need to walk you through step by step."
I have a great respect for the passion people have about their cars. Bob says "It's
taken me years to find a competent mechanic", adding that the first one he took
it to did more damage to the car than he fixed! "I was sick for a month trying to
get it fixed properly." Add to that the fact that it took two years to locate a set of
replacement tires (Hey, the Bugatti's are expensive, but at least the factory still
makes them...) and this car might have turned off all but the most hardcore and
resourceful enthusiasts.
Needless to say I'm glad that this piece of automotive history lies in good hands
and and ecstatic to see it at Supercar Saturdays month after month. I can
distinctly remember back when we first started this event, seeing this car and
saying "Well, we're official now, there's a Countach here!." Bob's parting words in
our interview were this:
"The poster of this car hung in my room along with Farrah
Fawcett. Farrah may be no more -- but this car is forever beautiful."

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