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Riding the rocket – Lambo Countach still delivers after 50 years

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Seldom was the name of a car more fitting. Countach is an exclamation in the Turin vernacular meaning “Oh my God!” and that was exactly how visitors to the 1971 Geneva show reacted when the same-named Lamborghini was unveiled. The wraps fell away to reveal the first wedge-shaped supercar from the Italian brand, a sculpture in sheet metal whose form went on to revolutionize the sports car market. The Countach also became the supercar pin-up for fans around the globe. Marcello Gandini’s bold design threw down the gauntlet to rivals Ferrari with dramatic gull-wing-doors and an all-aluminium, quad…

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