Debiutowało na salonie w Genewie w 1971 roku, lecz niemal 20 lat później wciąż było prawdziwą sensacją, przykuwającą każde spojrzenie. Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary swoją nazwę zawdzięcza 25. rocznicy rozpoczęcia produkcji jednostek napędowych. W zestawieniu z poprzednikiem – Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole – zawierało kilkaset zmian. Za te wprowadzane w stylistyce odpowiadał Horacio Pagani, za te techniczne – Sandro Munari (włoski kierowca rajdowy, mistrz świata w 1977 roku). W efekcie powstał pojazd posiadający najszersze opony dostępne w samochodzie seryjnym, osiągający pierwszą setkę w czasie poniżej 5 s i prędkość maksymalną 295 km/h. Zbudowano ich zaledwie 657 sztuk, to oferowane na aukcji posiada przebieg zaledwie 2700 km i z pewnością jest jednym z najlepiej zachowanych. Szacowana wartość: ok. 1,8 – 2,2 mln PLN.
1990 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Coachwork by Bertone
US$ 450,000 – 550,000
PLN 1.8 million – 2.2 million
THE AMELIA ISLAND AUCTION
1990 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 25th ANNIVERSARY
Coachwork by Bertone
5,167cc DOHC 48-Valve V12 Engine
6 Weber Carburetors
335bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Highly original and extremely well-cared for example
*Less than 2,700 Kilometers from new
*Desirable end-of-the-run carbureted Countach
*One of 657 25th Anniversary models produced
*Offered with copy of factory build records
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-litre, 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 carburettors 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
Offered here, must be one of the lowest mileage; best preserved Anniversary Countach’s available on the market today. Completed at the Sant’Agata-based Lamborghini works during the latter part of 1989 and early 1990; the new supercar was equipped for the European market, and finished in striking Rosso Siviglia red over a cockpit trimmed in black. The finished Countach was delivered later in 1990, presumably through Emilian Auto Spa of Bologna, Italy, to its first owner in the UK. The red Anniversary Countach was later purchased by its second owner, who kept the car in Italy from 2011 to 2014. In 2014 the car was purchased by the consignor and exported to the US.
Today this fantastic Countach presents largely like a new car inside and out. The original black interior shows incredibly well, as does the Rosso Siviglia paint. With less than 2,700 kilometers showing on the odometer and original factory decals and markings intact throughout, this fastidiously preserved Lamborghini offers its next owner a truly magnificent supercar.