Lot 109


1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV by Bertone


€455,000 EUR | Sold

Monaco | Monaco, Monaco



Chassis No.
  • One of 610 examples of the 5000 QV produced
  • Powered by a 5.2-litre V-12 for a return of 449 horsepower and 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 seconds
  • Delivered new to Germany; taken to the United Kingdom in 1989 and retained by the same owner since
  • Odometer reading of only 40,473 kilometres verified by accompanying MoT certificates dating to 1992
  • Finished in Rosso Siviglia over a Nero Leather interior
Addendum: Please note this lot has entered the EU on a temporary import bond, which must be cancelled either by exporting the lot outside of the EU on an approved Bill of Lading with supporting customs documentation or by paying the applicable VAT and import duties to have the lot remain in the EU.

Veuillez noter que ce lot est entré dans l'UE sous couvert d'une autorisation d'importation temporaire, qui doit être annulée soit en exportant le lot en dehors de l'UE avec une lettre de débarquement approuvé accompagné des documents douaniers nécessaires, soit en payant la TVA et les droits d'importation applicables pour que le lot reste dans l'UE.

Unveiled by Lamborghini just over a decade into the production span of the Countach, the 5000 QV represented a much-improved mid-cycle refresh. The supercar’s brutish V-12 was the focal point for change, building on the preceding 4.8-litre unit of the LP500 S and bringing displacement up to 5.2 litres, yielding a 449 horsepower output. The engine was revised with four valves per cylinder—hence its Quattrovalve or QV moniker—while European cars were fed by six Weber carburettors, relocated to the top of the mid-mounted engine for aided cooling albeit with restricted rearward visibility.

Cosmetically, the revised Countach remained largely unchanged, though later examples of the 5000 QV gained side skirts with vents to push air towards the rear brakes. Just 610 examples were made before the 5000 QV made way for the Countach 25th Anniversary Edition in 1988.

The 5000 QV offered here is a late-production example, characterised by its vented side skirts. The Countach was delivered new to Mannheim, Germany, as noted by its Lamborghini-issue Warranty Certificate dated 7 July 1988. Within the space of a year, the Countach was bound for the United Kingdom. A copy of a purchase invoice issued by William Loughram Limited (on file) declares the sale of the supercar to the consigning owner on 22 February 1989. The Lamborghini was registered for the road in the UK shortly afterwards, and it has been kept by the same owner since then.

The Lamborghini is accompanied by MoT certificates for most years since 1992, verifying the car’s relatively low odometer reading of 40,473 kilometres. The documents show that the Countach has covered just short of 5,000 kilometres in 20 years. Also included within the history file are selected workshop invoices accrued during the ownership of the vendor, in addition to a Lamborghini Service and Warranty Book. It is claimed that upon consignment to auction, the Countach was serviced by the consignor's in-house mechanic and has covered less than 100 miles since. The Lamborghini is further accompanied by a spare wheel and tool roll.

An ideal contender for light recommissioning or to simply enjoy as it is, this attractively specified Countach will appeal to Lamborghini and 1980s supercar fans alike. Dramatic, attractive, and always in demand, a Countach is a requirement of any collection of modern sports cars.