When you think about taking a road trip, one of the last (or first) cars to come to mind is the Lamborghini Countach. The classic mid-engine V12 supercar is wide, low, bad on gas, and hard to see out of, but none of that stopped Countach owner Harry Metcalfe from taking his car nearly 1000 miles across France for a wildly pretty getaway.
Metcalfe, creator of , decided to go on a road trip through France with his 1987 Lamborghini Countach LP500 Quattrovalvole to drive the Route Napoleon, and documented the trip. His journey took him past Lyon down into the Alps, and eventually onto some of the best roads in the country.
As you'd expect, traveling long distances with a Countach is tough. It's so loud inside the cabin, Metcalfe had to put on earplugs to keep from hurting his eardrums, and cover the gated shifter boot with a piece of cloth to silence the transmission whine. Plus, all the controls are extra heavy, meaning maneuvering through tight city streets was extremely tiresome.
Luggage space wasn't as much of an issue though. The trunk space behind that massive V12 is actually big enough for a few duffel bags. And even though the Countach gets just 15 miles per gallon on the highway, it has a big 29-gallon tank, meaning it can go a pretty long distance between fill-ups.
On part two of his trip, Metcalfe worked his way through a mountain pass on his way to Switzerland, and encountered a bit of trouble along the way.
The side indicator light attached to the right side of the bumper was about to fall off, so Metcalfe had the bright idea of taping securely onto the car for the remainder of his trip. Not the most elegant solution, but an effective one nonetheless.
But other than that, it looks like he had a truly enjoyable time flogging his car through some of the best roads in Europe.
Watch for yourself to see what taking a classic supercar on a road trip is really like.