<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651

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1989 Lamborghini Countach '25th Anniversary'
Design by Bertone

Sold for US$ 445,000 inc. premium
1989 Lamborghini Countach '25th Anniversary'
Design by Bertone
VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
5,167cc DOHC 48-Valve V12 Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
449bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Exceedingly well-preserved example, retaining original paint and interior
*Just 10,662 kilometers recorded on the odometer at the time of cataloging
*One of just 235 25th Anniversary fuel-injected models
*A true 1980s supercar icon



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. An instant classic when introduced, one of the many high-profile owners being ex-Formula 1 World Champion Mario Andretti.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This breathtakingly original 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary was completed at the Sant'Agata Lamborghini factory during May of 1989. The car was completed just as it appears today, with the radical bodywork finished in Rosso Siviglia (Code 215257), and the interior finished in beige leather with red piping. The car appears to have been imported to Miami, Florida, where Prestige Imports sold the car. Offered from a prominent Reno, Nevada-based collection, the car today appears in highly original condition inside and out. Great panel fit is evident, as is lovely original paint and black window trim. Original ID plats and factory applied decals and markings remain intact, as does the original keys, and just 10,662 kilometers are recorded on the odometer at the time of cataloging. The original spare tire is situated out front, as is the factory tool kit. The original 5-hole O.Z. Racing alloy wheels are in place, wrapped on Pirelli P Zero tires.

Due to this particular car's unique and highly desirable specifications, as well as its fantastic condition and low mileage, this 25th Anniversary Countach is surely one not to be missed.



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<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
<b>1989 Lamborghini  Countach '25th Anniversary'</b><br />VIN. ZA9CA05A3KLA12651
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