Lamborghini Countach LP 400 Periscopica
The original 1975 Lamborghini Countach was a very pure, elegant-looking piece of kit, before the wings and scoops and lunacy of the later, faster versions turned it into a 1980s icon of excess.
It even featured attempts to be user-friendly. The first 150 examples featured something called the ‘Periscopica’: basically a groove cut into the roof and a high-mounted rear-view mirror, allowing the driver to check behind by looking straight out through the roof, not over the engine.
Nice idea. Unfortunately, in reality it was wonderfully useless, so Lamborghini binned the gimmick and just accepted that the Countach had the exterior view capability of a nuclear bunker. These early rare Countachs now command upwards of £700,000 at auction. Top Gear top tip: remember to check for parking damage before buying. Or stick bubble-wrap around the back wall of your garage.