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    One presumes Ms Eaton is not especially tall, in order for her to wear a helmet so comfortably in the cockpit of a Countach...
     
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    Good observation. I'm only 5'10" and after doing an early morning run for breakfast tacos in the Countach (if you lived in Texas, you'd understand) my housekeeper asked me about my new hair style.
     
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    Let's put it this way, she's not short - see pics.

    In any of the 5-liter Countachs, there is ample room in the cabin even if your are just over 6 feet, I'm @ 6' 2" and it works for me although I'm admittedly the upper limit without seat-mounting adjustments, of course you have to learn how to settle into it as if in a racing seat.

    I recall during Mike Pullen's Supercar Test Days at Goodwood in the late 80s we all had to wear helmets for the hot laps and it wasn't an issue for me in the Downdraft.

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    Up until my acquisition of FLA12820 last year, it was owned by its first and sole owner for 34 years in Italy, near Milan.
     
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    Very special to be able to acquire from the first owner, hidden as it was in an underground lair, this car has no secrets to unravel.

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    best looking 88.5 i have seen
    looks really nice so black :)
     
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    I am certain that was the car I sat in at the Auckland Motor Show in 1986 or 1987 - my first up-close and personal experience with a Countach.
     
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    1985. I do not think it was the QV, though (but I could be wrong). I was there, but did not get to sit in it, sadly... At the time I was 14 and had no money. Alpine were charging NZ$20.00 to stop the turntable and let people sit in it for a photograph. It was the very first time I laid eyes on a Countach in person and can still remember clearly to this day the biggest impact it had on me was how small it was. Somehow, to my mind, it should have been bigger because of its reputation! And, how could something that tiny possibly have a V12 in it!
     
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    F1 pilot Gerhard Berger's Downdraft as seen in Monte Carlo circa 1988 by Jens Lucking, now Monaco-registered M101, you can see his helmet badge on the rear panel.

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    photo taken by one Anderskih on Instagram back in the 1980s.
     
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    Thanks for clarifying.
     
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    Was it 85? I would have been 15/16 then, and a friend and I drove up from Tauranga to go to that event. I paid my $20 and had my photo taken - like you I was struck by how small it was - especially on the inside. You could be right - it may not have been a QV or if it was it was a very early one. Man I wish I could find that photograph now!
     
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