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19-20 August 2016

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Lot 107

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

  • Chassis no. ZA9CA05A1KLA12499

Sold for $231,000


449 bhp, 5,167 cc 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: 96.4 in.

  • Under 11,000 kilometers from new
  • Full service in September 2015
  • Remarkably original


Looking to celebrate the 25th birthday of the most famous car to bear the Lamborghini name, the Countach 25th Anniversary edition was unveiled by the company at the 1988 Grand Prix at Monza. This new Countach retained the same visual panache and performance of the existing 5000 QV but boasted nearly 500 subtle changes and updates intended to increase passenger comfort and style.

Horacio Pagani, then an employee of Lamborghini, was tasked with redesigning the bodywork, choosing to lift the nose slightly and redesign the air intakes to more effectively channel air to the front brakes. At the same time, the rear bumper also received subtle styling changes. The two most notable changes were to the air intakes that were located just behind the door, which received thicker strakes in body color rather than in black, and the wheels were now two-piece forged alloy rims.

Inside, Lamborghini replaced the Countach’s relatively spartan manually operated windows with power-operated units. Furthermore, the seats were fitted with power-adjustable seatbacks in an effort to increase driver and passenger comfort. A newer steering wheel was fitted, and the 25th Anniversary Countach was graced with a more powerful air conditioning system.

Delivered new to the United States where it has remained throughout its life, this stunning Countach is truly a wonderful example of its breed. Finished in the highly desirable color combination of white over a black leather interior, its odometer is currently showing just under 11,000 kilometers from new. Clearly well cared for every day of its life, it presents exceptionally well throughout following a full service by marque specialists in September of 2015. The air conditioning and power windows work perfectly, and the car is said to be fully road ready. Furthermore, it is accompanied by its warranty book, owner’s manual, and warranty and operation manual for the stereo.

The Countach 25th Anniversary represents the last iteration of Lamborghini’s most iconic car, and many believe that it is the best of the series in terms of overall refinement and drivability, which is verified by its 15-year production run. Beautifully preserved and remarkably original throughout, this Countach would surely not disappoint.

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