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Old 28th May 2021, 12:03   #1
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The Lamborghini Countach might be turning 50 this year, but its design remains iconic to this day. The styling elements seen on the Countach, make it instantly recognisable even today.

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Back in the 1970s, the design of the Countach was considered to be extremely futuristic. The iconic supercar itself was influenced by the trends and achievements of its time. This included the beginning of the jet race, trends in fashion linked to geometric patterns, the advent of modern computers and the explosion of colours. All these elements influenced Marcello Gandini, the chief designer of the Countach.

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The Countach's design would go on to influence every subsequent Lamborghini model to date. The brand's current models - the Aventador, Huracan, Sian and the Urus, all take inspiration from the design of the Countach.

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The Lamborghini Countach became iconic for its design elements such as the diagonal lines on the bonnet and the rear engine compartment, the low and square-shaped cabin and the sloping windscreen. These elements can still be seen in various interpretations on all the models following the iconic supercar.

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Great!

Actually its quite similar to what other iconic car manufactures do. All of them try to maintain a unique shape and designs elements of the car.

For example look at Porsches.
At 0:21, we narrator mentions that they do maintain a distinct design element which every Porsche has.



BMWs have the iconic Hofmeister Kink and twin grills.
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Though not the entire body shape in this case, but the smaller design elements are there, creating a unique identification in the cars.
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Back in the 1970s, the design of the Countach was considered to be extremely futuristic.
Everytime I think of the Countach - the title of the below video from Petrolicous comes to mind.

Lamborghini Countach - When outrageous was possible!



I also feel that have been refinining those lines over the years. From the Diablo to the Murcielago and now the Aventador - it all follows the giant leap in design set by the Countach.

However, I see an Urus in that slide and I feel Lamborghini is stretching it thin there! The impractically low and outrageously futuristic Countach does not need to be dragged into comparisons with a crossover SUV!

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Had they carried on with the Miura style, I think they would have ended up with the boringly recognizable shape of a Ferrari across generations. The Countach and the Diablo were for sure exciting in their angles and sheer outrageousness, but the best looking Lamborghini, I feel, was the Murcielago.
The current crop, very boring.
It may just be me, but the rear of hurracan and the aventador seem a little "humped" to me, like the Avanti had.
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Had they carried on with the Miura style, I think they would have ended up with the boringly recognizable shape of a Ferrari across generations. The Countach and the Diablo were for sure exciting in their angles and sheer outrageousness, but the best looking Lamborghini, I feel, was the Murcielago.
The current crop, very boring.
It may just be me, but the rear of hurracan and the aventador seem a little "humped" to me, like the Avanti had.
Kinda agree, although the Miura is a beautiful car, one of the most graceful shapes I have ever seen.
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The Countach was a defining era for Lamborghini and set the design language for their successors. The late 70's was a different era with focus on 'space and future' and elements from that time had clearly influenced Marcello Gandini and his team.

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The Miura was more in line with the Ford GT 40 style of cars and the Countach was what gave Lamborghini it's identity. The V 12 lineup clearly has been on a winning streak since then with the Diablo, Murcielago & Aventador. The Countach always reminds me of the scene from 'Wolf of Wall street' where Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Di Caprio) drives and wrecks it ! Definitely not a scene for car lovers as they did indeed use a real countach.

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Growing up at a time when the F40 was everywhere. Die-cast models, wall posters, magazines, RC cars, arcade games, pedal cars. Heck, we even had a cassette rewinder that was shaped like an F40!!!

But still remember the first time I got a 1:18 model of a Countach. Those razor straight lines, extra wide tyres, spaceship rear end....

Decades later, ambling along a main road in Doha. A white low thing caught my eyes. Parked in between lifted American trucks was this white Countach. In front of an ordinary specialist car showroom, the thing looked battered and dusty. Also had this weird ORVMs that looked like it was placed there for regulations only. But mesmerized I was. Usually meeting old cars, it would be excitement, nostalgia or meet your hero moments. But the Countach and the '71 Buick Riviera were two cars that just held me there with their sheer bodies.

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However, I see an Urus in that slide and I feel Lamborghini is stretching it thin there! The impractically low and outrageously futuristic Countach does not need to be dragged into comparisons with a crossover SUV!
True. Atleast from videos and pics, the Urus doesn't seem to have that sense of occasion. The exterior door handles!! It wouldn't look out of place in an Ecosport. But then business...Mahindra trying to connect the Thar with past models, Tata trying to pass off a plastic piece as a steeped roof.

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The Countach was every teenager’s fantasy!. Outrageous and futuristic. But saying the Countach inspired evey other Lambo is a bit over generalisation.
Most Lambos look similar. As in they have a distinctively unique Lambo design language.
If anything modern Lambos look more like the Diablo. I feel the Countach still stands out in its extreme styling.

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While Miura may be the first mid engine supercar, it was the Countach that really set Lamborghini apart. The lines, the design and the screaming V12 were stuff of fantasy.
No wonder it adorned every boy's wall as the ultimate car poster.

In terms of design, Countach was truly out of this world.
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