Home' Sunraysia Daily : motors18032017 Contents Sunraysia Daily Saturday, March 18, 2017
COUNTACH – the name comes from a
Piedmontese exclamation of amazement
which, very roughly translated into
English, means something like `crikey’
and was an ideal name for the car that
was to replace the Lamborghini Miura.
First seen at the Geneva Motor Show
of 1971, the Countach car was produced
as the ultimate no-compromise high
performance road car. To achieve this
cost was barely a consideration, and the
result was quite dramatic, to say the
least. The designer, Bertone, included
doors which did not swing outward but
upward and forward from low-mounted
The chassis was a very complicated
multi-tubular structure, in which
the famous V12 unit was mounted
lengthwise behind the cockpit. The
designer, Stanzani, who was never
afraid to take dramatic decisions, such
as reversing the engine’s direction of
rotation, dispensed with the vagaries of
the Miura’s long floppy gear change by
simply turning the engine through 90
degrees so that it faced north and south,
rather than east and west.
Other people who have done this
placed the clutch, gearbox and final drive
at the back in the accepted order, but
not Stanzani. He put the gear box at the
front, solving the long linkage problem
with the stroke of a pen. The five-speed
transmission protruded into the cockpit,
and drive to the rear wheels was by a
propeller shaft, through a tube in the
engine sump, to the final drive.
As a consequence, the driving position
was a long way forward, but the car’s
centre of gravity was low, and there
was a 43/57 percent front/rear weight
distribution. There was even space for
some luggage behind the engine itself.
The power unit, originally of 3929 cc
and developing 280 kW, was eventually
enlarged in 1982 to 4754 cc with no
more power, but better torque. A rear
spoiler wing was optional, and top speed
was at least 290 km/h.
Exotic aviation alloy and Belgium
glass made the Countach lighter than
the Miura which shared the same
power. With better balance and superior
aerodynamics, the handling was
frequently described as fantastic. And so
was the cost of building it. Lamborghini
made almost everything themselves and
when one learns that it took 17 men to
cast one of their exquisite cylinder heads,
one realises how high their labour costs
must have been. Lamborghini probably
lost money on every Countach they made
and finally Ferruccio Lamborghini sold his
business and retired to grow grapes.
Others took over and Automobili
Lamborghini, still producing cars,
tottered from one financial crisis to
another until stability was achieved by a
French takeover in 1980. But there is still
nothing on the road which can match the
speed, handling and style of a Countach:
the classic among classics.
IT has recently
come to the
operators are using
certificates that are
no longer valid.
TruckCare certificates have
been presented to customers,
regulators and police as
documentation of ongoing
membership and as a means of
identifying quality assurance.
Please be advised that
this practice breaches the
authenticity of the TruckSafe and
TruckCare business certification
standards and ethical codes of
practice. TruckSafe management
will be visiting all major industry
customers in the supply chain to
verify that the correct certificate
is in use.
For future reference, the
certification that is valid is the
TruckSafe certificate of industry
which includes the
Using the correct
with third parties
is key to operating
as efficiently as
noticeable differences between
these documents, including:
• Absence of an expiry date on
the TruckCare certificate
• No TruckSafe stamp
• Different formatting and
• No signatures from TruckSafe
and TIAC Chairs
If you are an accredited
operator, make sure you are
using your new certificate. If you
cannot find your new certificate,
you should please contact
For more information see
the TruckSafe website or call
TruckSafe at 02 6253 6900 and
check with us directly.
with Volkswagen Choice^
#Free automatic valued at $2,500 (RRP) available at no additional cost. Where vehicle is only available with automatic transmission, a $2,500 discount applies as a reduction to the purchase price. Offer is only available at participating Volkswagen dealers to approved
applicants of Volkswagen Financial Services (VFS)** who use a Volkswagen Choice Guaranteed Future Value (GFV)^ product on new and demonstrator Polo, Golf and Jetta range. Vehicles must be sold by 31 March 2017 and delivered by 30 April 2017, while stocks last.
Volkswagen Choice Program is available to approved customers of Volkswagen Financial Services only. Terms and Conditions apply. Volkswagen Group Australia and VFS** reserve the right to change or extend these offers. Private buyers only. Fleet, government, rental
buyers, hire car and chauffeur companies are excluded.
VFS is a trading name of Volkswagen Financial Services Australia Pty Limited ABN 20 097 071 460, Australian Credit Licence Number 389344.
That’s a $2,500 saving.
A deal so good it sells itself.
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