Young Jeremy Clarkson Tests Classic Lamborghinis And Shows Us The Power Of Spite

Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.


"There's nothing quite so satisfying as doing something out of spite," Jeremy Clarkson tells in this Top Gear clip from 1991. And in many ways, he's right. Spite is exactly why Lamborghini got off the ground, following a now-famous disagreement between Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini.

Ferruccio's endless drive to piss off Enzo led to some truly incredible machines over the years, many of which young Clarkson (and his giant hair) get to drive here. First he starts with the Miura, which did zero to 60 mph in five seconds — pretty damned fast for a road car in the 1960s.

He moves on the Countach, an exercise in insanity if there ever was one. And it's complete with classic Clarkson hyperbole, including "It's as big a leap forward as the Harrier jump jet was from the horse" compared to other 1970s cars, but "it's a bit like driving a washing machine, only the visibility is worse."

Then he tests the then-newish Diablo, which boasts several improvements over the Countach. He can see out of it and steer it, for example, both of which are quite useful when driving.

Enjoy the clip and then tell us — what's your favorite old-school Lambo?


Considering that I more than likely will not at any point be a Lamborghini owner, and therefore can focus more on beauty than function, it would have to be the Miura.