By the early 1980s, when many observers in the motoring press believed the time had already come and gone for Lamborghini’s long-running Countach, Ferrari’s new Testarossa gave the Countach and its maker a new lease on life. Building upon the already formidable foundation of the LP500S (alternatively known as the LP5000S), Italian engineering legend Giulio Alfieri masterminded updates to Lamborghini’s venerable DOHC V-12 engine that had been developed by Giotto Bizzarrini (engineer of Ferrari’s 250 GTO) and produced, in basic form, since the early 1960s. Among the updates were an enlarged 5,167-cc cylinder block, revised induction system, and four-valve cylinder heads, resulting in the Countach 5000QV, with “QV” denoting the new “Quattrovalvole” four-valve cylinder heads. A comparison test of the various Countach models in Classic & Sports Car magazine summed up the QV’s impact by declaring, “At a stroke, the Countach was relevant again.”
The 25th Anniversary Countach, launched for 1989, celebrated Lamborghini’s silver anniversary and succeeded the 5000QV as the car’s triumphant final iteration. Boasting more than 500 careful updates, 25th Anniversary Countach development was spearheaded by Horacio Pagani, who would go on to fame as the head of his own supercar company. Tweaks included integral front brake-cooling ducts, a slightly raised nose, and new rear bumper. Lower-body cladding was fitted and the radiator air intakes behind the car’s iconic scissor-doors were now body-color with aggressive leading-edge strakes. Suspension updates and new Pirelli P-Zero Asimmetrico tires enhanced the car’s already massive grip. Interior revisions included power windows, new power-adjustable seats, a new steering wheel, and improved air conditioning. The 25th Anniversary model was a fitting swan song for the Countach, with only 657-660 built in all, depending upon the source.
This 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition is the extremely desirable product of an uncommonly fastidious restoration performed during the early 2000s by the second and current owner, an uncompromising automotive professional and Italian-car expert. To begin, this Countach was known to the current owner for 10 years before the original owner finally agreed to sell it to him. While a sound and unmodified example with limited mileage and use, this Countach was restored down to the last nut and bolt. Upon inspection, its many wonderful fine details include correct fittings, clamps, and even original labels affixed to the OZ Racing alloy wheels. Correct, extremely rare and valuable Pirelli P-Zero Asimmetrico tires were also secured for the restoration. The stunning Black exterior paint finish is beautifully complemented by the Black and Tan leather-trimmed interior compartment, which retains its Alpine AM-FM cassette stereo head unit and even the original head-cleaning cassette. During restoration, it was deemed necessary to replace the original windshield; since the factory-fitted unit was a one-year-only item and unavailable, a production run of 12 correct new windshields was commissioned from a supplier in Modena, Italy. Installation was performed with extreme precision and care, consistent with the effort and expense lavished on the rest of the car.
Just 14,140 kilometers (8,786 miles) of use are indicated on the odometer at the time of writing – mostly accumulated under the original owner. Mechanicals are strong, with only the installation of proper new gaskets and seals required during the restoration, followed by concours-level detailing of the Countach throughout. As expected, post-restoration preservation is outstanding, with covered, climate-controlled storage and extremely limited use. Given its sophisticated electronic fuel-injection system, this Countach delivers razor-sharp response to throttle inputs and startling ease of maintenance, unlike its earlier carbureted brethren. While driven only sparingly, this Countach provides an amazing visceral experience with rocket-like acceleration, tenacious road holding, and an unforgettable soundtrack. Included with the sale of this very special, final-series Countach is the original Bill of Sale documenting its purchase price of nearly $500,000 when new. Other choice items include the original books/manuals, tools and factory-issued gloves, and a black fitted ‘satin stretch’ car cover. While already extremely rare today, this incredible 25th Anniversary Edition 1989 Lamborghini Countach is far more so with its incredibly well orchestrated concours-level restoration and preservation. Accordingly, it is one of – and quite possibly – the finest available and in existence today.