Place Vendôme – Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

DSC_0500Sitting just off Place Vendôme in Paris this afternoon was this Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary. Built to commemorate Lamborghini’s 25th anniversary in 1988, this is the final evolution of the Countach, the car that caused such a stir when revealed to the world at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show.

DSC_0504I’m probably not alone in holding the opinion that the 25th Anniversary is my least favourite Countach. I think it lacks the grace and purity that makes the original so special (and my favourite), yet somehow lacks the wild excess of the wings and spoilers of the QV5000 that preceded it. However, saying that the 25th anniversary is my least favourite Countach is a bit like saying that Ringo Starr is my least favourite Beatle – he’s still far better than, say, Ricky Martin. Or that Bieber bloke.

DSC_0507Mechanically though, the 25th Anniversary is the one to have. It has the widest and grippiest tyres, and the revised bodywork was designed to solve the overheating issues that plagued the earlier models. And parked outside the cafe in that Parisian street it has a sense of drama that nothing else can match. An Aventador drove past and nobody looked. The Countach – it was the centre of attention.

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  1. Tom Gilbert June 30, 2013 Reply

    Ah the ole Countach. Legend has it that on seeing the final full size version of the car one of the mechanics exclaimed " ah countach!". It is is northern Italian slang akin to "bloody ripper!"
    Whatever the case it was THE poster car for teenage boys the world over and indeed looks right at home in the streets of Paris. Good spotting mate.

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