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Lot 141

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

  • Chassis no. ZA9CA05A8KLA12550

Sold for $302,500


425 bhp, 5,167 cc DOHC V-12 engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel Girling ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96.5 in.

  • One of 657 25th Anniversary editions
  • All-original with just 3,620 kilometers (2,245 miles) from new
  • Recent service by Lamborghini of Dallas
  • Important and highly collectible 1980s supercar icon


As the successor to what is considered the world’s first supercar—the Lamborghini Miura—the encore begged to be nothing short of sensational. When the Countach was revealed in 1971, the automotive world was once again set on its ear. Astonishing is perhaps the best word to describe the new Countach, as no one had ever seen anything like it. Remarkably, 45 years later, the car still looks like something out of the future; words that describe few, if any, other vehicles ever produced.

Its angular, origami shape was attributed to Marcello Gandini of Bertone; its various scoops, scallops, and spoilers only added to the muscular, if not menacing, design. As if the geometric lines were not enough, the Countach was fitted with scissor doors, which have since been copied time and again by tuners, designers, and purveyors of fast machinery.

A special 25th Anniversary Edition was announced in 1988 to celebrate a quarter century of Lamborghini automobiles. Similar to the then 5000 QV version of the Countach, the unique offering sported considerable styling revisions credited to designer Horacio Pagani. Among the notable changes included the enlargement and extension of the rear airbox intakes, OZ Racing wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero tires, a redesigned engine bay cover, new rear bumper, and myriad aerodynamic refinements which also improved engine cooling. Of course, there was also the enormous signature rear wing. It was the fastest Countach to date with 0–60 mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph. The special model was offered through 1990 with just 657 examples produced.

This incredible Countach has traveled just 3,620 kilometers (2,245 miles) from new! It is a U.S.-delivery car finished in white with a red leather interior trimmed with contrasting white piping. Fully equipped with air conditioning, an Alpine stereo radio, power windows, and power seats, it has been in the consignor’s collection, an avid Lamborghini collector, for the past five years. Most importantly, it was comprehensively serviced by Lamborghini of Dallas in 2012. Included at the time, the air conditioning was serviced, exhaust cats removed (returning the car to European specification), and a cracked flywheel replaced. The original exhaust cats and the flywheel are included with the sale. Copies of the invoice, totaling more than $21,000, are included on file. Since then, this commemorative edition has been driven just 120 miles.

In addition to the low miles, the car remains all original and the consignor notes that it has never been shown. The original owner’s manual is included in the wallet. A virtual time warp example back to 1989, this Countach is perfect for the most discerning collector who values both authenticity and originality first and foremost.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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Konrad Trapler joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in the fall of 2016.

 

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He att... read more

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