5,167cc DOHC 48-Valve V12 Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
420bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
* 1980s Supercar icon
*One of only 235 25th Anniversary fuel-injected models
*Extremely rare wing delete car
*Beautifully presented inside and out
*Well preserved low-mileage example
THE LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH
In 1966, Lamborghini defined the 'supercar' with the Miura. An instant icon, the mid-engine high-velocity coupe put the nascent carmaker on the map for their groundbreaking design and performance. The legendary Miura was always going to be a hard act to follow, so the extent to which its successor eclipsed the greatest of 1960s supercars came as something of a shock to all. The sensation of the 1971 Geneva Salon was the Countach, which like its predecessor, was styled by Bertone's Marcello Gandini. Drawing from his revolutionary Lancia Stratos Zero concept from the year before, Gandini designed the Countach as an angular wedge with crisp lines and dramatic angles. The production version would not be seen for another two years, with deliveries commencing in 1974.
Lamborghini employed the Miura's fantastic four-cam V12 engine for the Countach, mounted longitudinally behind the cabin. To achieve optimum weight distribution, designer Paolo Stanzani placed the five-speed gearbox ahead of the engine between the seats, and the differential – driven by a shaft passing through the sump – at the rear. The result was a delightful gear change and a better-balanced car than the Miura. When production began in 1974, the Countach sported an improved spaceframe chassis and the standard 4.0-liter, instead of the prototype's 5.0-liter, engine. Even with the smaller engine producing 'only' 370bhp, the lightweight Countach could attain 170mph and, as one would expect, offered incredible road holding and maneuverability.
The first upgrades appeared in 1978 as the 'LP400S', with the addition of flared wheel arches to accommodate massive 345mm rear tires for increased grip and stability. A large rear aerofoil became available that further accentuated the outrageous styling of the Countach and was, unsurprisingly, the choice of most customers.
The Countach's largest potential market, the USA, remained untapped until the arrival of the 'emissions friendly' LP500S in 1982. While horsepower remained the same as the smaller engine, the updated 4,754cc unit delivered a welcome boost in torque. The final iteration of the Countach debuted in 1985 as the Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole, named for its thunderous 5,167cc engine and new four-valves-per-cylinder heads. This 414 horsepower version was capable of an astonishing top speed of 300km/h, making it – at the time - the world's fastest car.
The Countach's ultimate development, considered by many to be the most desirable, arrived in September 1988. Launched at the Italian Grand Prix, Monza, this was the Anniversario, introduced to celebrate Lamborghini's 25th anniversary as a motor manufacturer. Restyled and updated, the Anniversario incorporated hundreds of subtle changes and improvements over the Quattrovalvole. The body was reworked by designer Horacio Pagani, creator of the Pagani Zonda, gaining a new nose and front bumper/spoiler incorporating front brake air ducts. US-destined cars retained the '5mph' impact-resistant bumper, while the new rear bumper was common to both US and European models. The most striking difference in the Anniversario's appearance was in the treatment of the radiator air intakes directly behind the doors, which featured thicker vertical strakes, color-matched to the body. Beneath the skin the chassis had been extensively updated for improved handling, its development assisted by none other than three-time World Rally Champion, Sandro Munari. Split-rim forged alloy OZ wheels were adopted for the Anniversario, shod with Pirelli's new 'P Zero' dual-compound asymmetrical-tread tires. Available with carburetors in Europe or fuel injection in the USA, the V12 engine was virtually unchanged from the Quattrovalvole. In total, 657 Countach Anniversario models were made between September 1988 and April 1990, one of the many high-profile owners being ex-Formula 1 World Champion Mario Andretti.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This breathtaking 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary is truly a piece of automotive art, one look at the outrageous supercar is sure to evoke feelings of excitement and lust. This particular example comes to us from one of the country's most prominent Lamborghini collections. The Countach is presented in the classic and fitting red/black livery. The car is fitted with the highly desirable euro-style bumpers which, unlike the US-spec bumpers, follow the car's sleek and sharp edges. To further enhance the aesthetics of the design, the car was ordered with the extremely rare wing delete option. Without the wild spoiler at the rear, the car really takes on a new persona - very reminiscent of the early Periscopica cars.
Showing just over 10,000 kilometers, the car presents beautifully. The paint possesses a deep shine and is free any major defects, the lower portions of the body present very well and are not heavily pitted as is the case with the higher mileage cars. Upon opening the iconic scissor-style doors the black leather interior shows well and all features function as expected. On a recent test drive, the car operated admirably - the acceleration was jolting - the road gripping traction coupled with the strong brakes easily inspire one to push the car beyond their normal comfort zone.
It should be noted that when the consignor purchased the vehicle in 2013, the car had a clean CARFAX showing no issues. Recently, a new CARFAX was ran and it now shows accident/damage which was reported in 01/01/2000. Based on the highly unlikely event that an accident would be reported 16 years after the fact, and that the car shows no evidence of any damage, this appears to be an error. CARFAX is currently investigating the issue and hopes to have it resolved in the near future. A copy of the clean CARFAX is included with the car.
Due to this particular car's unique and highly desirable specifications, fantastic condition, and low mileage, this 25th Anniversary Countach is surely one not to be missed.