History of the Project:
This car started life with a father and son team who took it on as a joint project. They did awesome work, and took the car to about 80% before the father died.
The son sold the car to another gentleman who took the car a bit further along. As he took the car out on a quick road test with a rigged up exhaust system, he failed to notice that the tail pipes were nestled comfortably against the rear fiberglass bumper. The result... a wonderful fire breaking out at 65mph. He headed back to his garage, car ablaze. Apparently the fire scared him enough that he decided to sell the project. Getting in and out of this car is not a task for the aged or disabled. It was listed on Ebay a week after the fire, and it went for $8400... to me! I tallied up the parts alone, and it was well over $14,000.
A few weeks later, it was home on Vancouver Island.
Here's what I had to work with initially:
The rear bumper was totally fried, and the glass of the rear quarter panel was messed up pretty bad.
I spend a few months picking away at the damage, and finally got the worst of it repaired to better than new condition.
I've taken a lot of liberties with this build. The body is based on an unstretched Fiero, so I'm not overly concerned with the authenticity of everything. The Countach interior is, in my opinion, dated and ugly. I scrapped the crude dash that the car came with in favor of a '97 Grand Am dash that I picked up for under a hundred bucks from the local wrecker. The new dash really updates the look of the car (IMO anyway).
I also skipped the popup headlights in favor of some more current technology. Four "angel-eye" headlights and the signla lights now occupy the space where the original Countach sported the turn signals only. I far prefer the new look, and I think it updates the car a lot.
A lot of people really rag on the Countach replicas due to the lack of headroom or legroom. I know some of them that I've seen are like that, but not mine.
I'm 6'2", 205lbs, and I fit the car like a glove. Seated in a comfortable position, my hair just barely brushes the roof thanks to a 3" dropped belly pan. Passengers enjoy a 2" drop on the passenger side. Legroom is also great, and the space is just perfect for me with the seat in the farthest back position.
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