1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 233
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé

£ 280,000 - 350,000
US$ 380,000 - 480,000
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé
Registration no. F922 OYR
Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
*Landmark Lamborghini model
*The world's fastest car in its day
*One of only 14 5000 QVs in right-hand drive
*33,000 miles from new
*Well maintained
*Huge history file

Footnotes

  • 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, the Countach was styled, like its predecessor, by Bertone's Marcello Gandini. It was nothing less than spectacular, looking like it had been conceived on another planet. As Motor magazine observed: 'few people gazing at the original Bertone Countach at Geneva in 1971 could have regarded it as anything but a "show" car. There were those fold-up doors for a start and the space-age cockpit with its abysmal rear visibility not to mention the strange engine/transmission configuration.' Happily, Lamborghini disregarded criticism of the car's supposed lack of practicality and the Countach entered production changed in detail only. The production version would not be seen for another two years, with deliveries commencing in 1974.

    Lamborghini's four-cam V12 engine was retained for the Countach, though this time installed longitudinally. 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 gearchange 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-litre - instead of the prototype's 5.0-litre - engine. Even with the smaller engine producing 'only' 375bhp, the aerodynamically efficient Countach could attain 170mph and, as one would expect, came with racetrack roadholding to match.

    The first upgrade appeared in 1978 as the 'LP400S', the major changes being confined to the chassis and suspension. A rear aerofoil became available, making the Countach look even more outrageous and, not surprisingly, was the choice of most customers. The Countach's potentially largest market - the USA - remained closed to it until the arrival of the 'emissions friendly' LP500S in 1982. Although no more powerful than before, the newcomer's 4,754cc engine brought with it a useful increase in torque. The final development saw the engine enlarged to 5,167cc and new four-valves-per-cylinder 'heads adopted for the Countach Quattrovalvole (or 5000 QV) in 1985, the latter's 300km/h (186mph) top speed making it – at the time - the world's fastest car.

    An extremely rare, UK-delivered Countach 5000 QV, chassis number '12410' is one of only 14 right-hand drive cars supplied as the '1988½' model, which featured the Anniversario version's side skirts. '12410' was supplied new on 3rd August 1988 and has covered a mere 33,000 miles from new. It was owned for a number of years by a Dr Keith Barnes, before being sold through Furlonger Specialist Cars to a Mr Morris, then through Furlonger to the current vendor.

    The car is finished in Rosso Siviglia with red-piped magnolia leather upholstery and brown carpets, and retains its original engine with matching ('12410') number. The original Alpine stereo system, spare wheel, and tool roll are still present. The Countach has had only four previous keepers and has been serviced and maintained correctly, unlike many other examples. For the last five-or-so years it has been looked after by Furlonger Specialist Cars, including a lot of work making the air conditioning function properly.

    '12410' comes with a huge history file going back to when the car was ordered, which contains MoT certificates and tax discs dating back to when it was new. Still awesome by today's standards, the Countach has lost none of its presence since the day it was launched. '12410' represents an exciting opportunity to acquire a highly original and unmolested example of this iconic Italian supercar.
Contacts
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupé  Chassis no. ZA9C005A0JLA12410
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £100,000 of hammer price,
20% from £100,001 to £2,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalog.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

App