Designed as the replacement for the much-loved Lamborghini Miura, the 1973 Lamborghini Countach was everything the Miura was not, stylistically speaking. Looking like it stepped out of a science-fiction movie, the Countach was not only more futuristic, but much easier to drive than its predecessor, despite its gimmicky doors and excessive plastic – especially on later models. The meaning of Countach is ‘Wow!’ in Piedmontese slang, or possibly something fouler, depending on the pronunciation, and that’s exactly what most people say when they see it; even 20 years after being retired, it is still one of the most recognizable, and recognized supercars out there.
All Countach supercars were powered by V12 engines, the most powerful of which appeared in 1982. With a 5.2-liter displacement, it developed 375 horsepower, enough force to push this car all the way up to 200 miles per hour (rumored), and accelerate to 60 mph in significantly less than 5 seconds.
Of course, not everything is perfect. It never is. While the original 1973 Lamborghini Countach featured clear lines and a pure design, further models became parodies of themselves, as they were progressively covered with plastic hoods, scoops and spoilers.