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post #1 of 12 Old 10-06-2013, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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It's not a Ferrari, but she's Italian . . .

So, quick message to say that I have now joined the ranks of Countach Ownership! My 355 finally has a stable mate to talk to.

1987 Euro DD QV, red on black, LHD.

It's been an interesting journey coupled with a bit of luck thrown in for good measure. But I am very happy and looking forward to a long and passionate affair.

I'll post up more details in due course and will be asking for help along the way. The car is not perfect and I will be looking to sort out a few issues. She'll shortly be off to see Mike Pullen for him to give her some tender loving care.

I've travelled through 4 countries last Friday, Holland, Brussels, France and UK via air and road to collect her after a long search.

But oh so worth it.
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-06-2013, 02:20 AM
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You bought a classic icon, congratulations!

I'm glad it turned out well after the effort you put in.

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Rob, congrats on your new purchase ! She does look fantastic ! I can understand your passion. Lambo owners are unique bunch of people. Diehard owners here seem to thrive and get together to enjoin their common devotions.

Enjoy and keep us informed on the progress.

Here's some pics of Lambos I saw few months back in Yokohama.

w/ smiles

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Thank you both for the supportive words.

I plan to sort out a few bits and pieces and then drive her. Explore her personality.

So far on the car and from doing my checks. Pretty much everything electrical works. Even both of the electric mirrors. Which is a rarity.

I'm hopeful from a mechanical point of view that there is not too much to do. My specialist will let me know in a couple of weeks after he has spent some time with the car.

I'm like a kid in a sweet shop, keep popping out to the garage to take a view. Even the clutch seems lighter than my 5000s.

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-06-2013, 11:38 AM
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The lambo of my youth

Such an icon. Like Cindy Crawford in the eighties a vision that has aged graciously.

Congrats.

I assume you've see this:

When Outrageous Was Possible | Articles

Regards.

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That is a beautiful exotic piece of Italian machinery! Congrats on a great acquisition, may you truly enjoy it!
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Congratulation. Harry Metcafe of EVO seems to really live his QV. Have you considered any of the upgrades he has installed?
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Such an icon. Like Cindy Crawford in the eighties a vision that has aged graciously.
I am afraid I am going to sound a discordant note here, folks. Unlike the Countach, Ms. Crawford did not grow wings and unsightly bulges.

Speaking rom a purely aesthetic point of view, I do like the original Countach very much (though not nearly as much as the Miura that it replaced), but the later versions are not an improvement on the purity of the original design, as is very often the case with cars - Jaguar's E-type is a prime example.

This is, however, only a personal opinion: beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, fortunately, we don't all share the same vision.

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I am afraid I am going to sound a discordant note here, folks. Unlike the Countach, Ms. Crawford did not grow wings and unsightly bulges.

Speaking rom a purely aesthetic point of view, I do like the original Countach very much (though not nearly as much as the Miura that it replaced), but the later versions are not an improvement on the purity of the original design, as is very often the case with cars - Jaguar's E-type is a prime example.

This is, however, only a personal opinion: beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, fortunately, we don't all share the same vision.
Ms. Crawford will eventually grow bulges and long long, looooong time from now also wings, like the rest of us...

I never had a Countach poster on my bedroom wall as I was and still am a Ferrari man and into curves. Nonetheless I was impressed by the Countach (who wasn't?). Today I consider it an icon which I respect a lot and I also like the design today. The same has happened with the 308 Dino. When I was young that Bertone design didn't speak to me but today I find it a very well balanced and beautiful design. Anyone looking for a great small classic with emergency seats in the rear must not only look at 911 but more so the Ferrari 308 Dino.

Lamborghini has a solid place in automotive history. It was very gutsy and admirable of Mr. Lamborghini to venture into high end sports car manufacturing. In the future I might even own a Lambo. A "right" model like spider-man's Countach is cool and a piece of Modena car culture.

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Congratulation. Harry Metcafe of EVO seems to really live his QV. Have you considered any of the upgrades he has installed?
Hi Boxer, at the moment, I'm looking to return the car to as near original as possible and to get her registered on the road and to use her a bit.

I'm not sure what Harry has had done to his car, so not really in a position to comment.

If you could enlighten me.

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Here's some pics of Lambos I saw few months back in Yokohama
Rob and Jimmy, I'll take the 400 thank you, or a spare Islero if you happen to have one sitting around.

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Seth, great choices, don't blame you.

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