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The history from the first Countach to the last counterfeit (Part 2) E-mail
Part 2

In the months and years to follow, the Countach became even more outrageous. Relentlessly it gained bigger and bigger engines with more and more power, and its bodywork became more and more macho, with added intakes, scoops, skirts and wheel arches. And there was the rear wing. Completely over the top. Quite barmy, but quite wonderfull. Who cared about its function? It just made the car look like a jet fighter on wheels.

Throughout its lifetime, the Countach was fraught with production problems, lack of funding, company restructures, takeovers etc. etc. That it actually stayed alive right through until 1990 was something of a miracle in itself. Who really cared whether the the various versions reached 60mph in 4.2 or 5.4 seconds? Apart from Lamborghini itself, who was really bothered whther the Countach could reach 187 or 192mph? Or whether it was the fastest production car in the world?


It was the dream that really mattered: the image of this awe-inspiring, shatteringly fast monster that few would ever get near, let alone own. Let’s face it, the quite unbelievably over-the-top motor car was way out of reach. Or was it...

Farnworth, near Bolton, Lancashire, doesn’t have quite the same ring as Sint’ Agata, Bologna, site of the Lamborghini factory. But, in typical outrageous Countach tradition, it was the birthplace of a very, very naughty scheme:

To copy one of the worlds most desired supercars, and make it available to Joe Public.

A totally crazy idea? Yes,   but it happened. Human beings are often very strange animals which do irrational things. At that dilapitated, ramshackle old mill in Farnworth, a group of Countach enthousiast did a very irrational thind. They hired an example from an up-market Manchester car hire company. And took a glassfiber mould of it...

To be continued in chapter 3, read on...