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A anniversary can be had for $400k and a standing 1/4 mile of 13.5 in today's money is a turd indeed. And lets face it it is not the most ergonomic and well put together vehicle ever made. Don't get me wrong I love the Countach, it is arguably the most iconic motor vehicle ever built and like many people it is the dream car. But is it worth $400K when there are other cars in that price range that will do over 200mph and a 1/4 mile in 10.5? I'm not so sure. Unfortunately the Countach is going to be relegated to collection duties and rarely see the light of day. For me who wants a car I can drive, the money for awesome factor is starting to tip in the favour of more modern supercars.


How many Countach's have you seen at the drag strip? I don't know why people quote 1/4 miles times, these were never meant to be drag cars.

Yes there are more modern cars that will outperform, you have to decide where you want to put your money and your intended use, road or track?

If you want pure bang for the buck I'll sell you my Ultima CanAm, 0-60mph sub 3 seconds and a price sub $100K takes some beating for visceral experience.

Julian


Modern supercars are capable of blindingly fast 1/4 mile times AND 200+ mph top speeds. And they do it without trying. You can have your drag car and a tourer in one package for under $200k. But I am happy to take the Ultima CanAm off your hands for the weekend. I promise to give it back. Wink
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A anniversary can be had for $400k and a standing 1/4 mile of 13.5 in today's money is a turd indeed. And lets face it it is not the most ergonomic and well put together vehicle ever made. Don't get me wrong I love the Countach, it is arguably the most iconic motor vehicle ever built and like many people it is the dream car. But is it worth $400K when there are other cars in that price range that will do over 200mph and a 1/4 mile in 10.5? I'm not so sure. Unfortunately the Countach is going to be relegated to collection duties and rarely see the light of day. For me who wants a car I can drive, the money for awesome factor is starting to tip in the favour of more modern supercars.

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Wow you're pretty rough on the Countach! Having owned one, your absolutely on target, and left a lot out. IMPOSSIBLE car to get parts for. My carbureted early model had a water pump failure. The housing was frozen/crusted in the block. I managed to get it out but cracked a piece. Called Bill at GT Car Parts. Took one YEAR to locate a USED one, oh... this was almost 20 years ago! Then the clutch slave gave out. H U G E headache to get to. TWIN Magneli Merelli Distributors that EACH had duel points AND condensers. IMPOSSIBLE to syncronize, AND... the GD timing mark is up in a HOLE...UNDER the BELL housing. Try timing THAT, trying to locate the marks with the light when you can't even move the distributor[s] because you're under the car. The flywheel marks looked like they used a saw blade to make. Horrible horrible car. Wasn't even fast. Didn't have the juice of the Boxer. Those early cars were dogs. Oh, one more thing to consider. I would charge the carburetors by leaving the fuel pumps run a half minute or so before starting. BIG mistake. One of the side draft Webers had a STUCK FLOAT. Happened to be an open intake valve right there. Filled the cylinder #10 with raw fuel. The ENGINE HYDRAULICED & BENT THE ROD. NEVER AGAIN would I buy another one. The piston/cylinder assembly had to be MADE. Another YEAR and a half down time. At least with my Boxer I could FIND PARTS. But, in it's defense, I LOVED ][looking at] THAT CAR. Even though every time I drove it something else broke. Go locate a Merelli ignition switch! Sold it for 52 grand after 6 months for sale. Like you said, excellent showroom piece ONLY.


Great info on the GT5-S market and terrible info on Countach ownership.

The owners manual has a chapter on how to start the car and avoid the problems you encountered. Some models of Countach can do a 1/4 mile in 12 seconds but that's not what they are made for.

A Bugatti Type 57 is worth many millions of dollars and is slower than a new Honda Odyssey.

That's not the reason to purchase or own it.

LSJ

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