The Countach debuted at the Geneva Auto Salon as a show car in 1971 and was introduced to the European market in 1974. In polite terms, the name Countach is Italian slang for “Good Lord!” or simply, “Wow!” This exclamation aptly describes most car lovers’ response on seeing the car for the first time. Wildly futuristic in the ’70s, the Countach was the work of Marcello Gandini at the Carrozzeria Nuccio Bertone.
First introduced as an LP 400, the Countach was equipped with a dual overhead-cam V12 engine that went through several changes. The models that followed were the LP 400 S, the LP 5000 S and the LP 5000 QV.
The final version of the Countach, the flamboyant 25th Anniversary model, adopted the larger, 48-valve (four per cylinder) version of the V12 engine. Displacement was just over five liters. The engine was fitted with Bosch fuel injection, replacing six two-barrel Weber carburetors. A total of 1,385 Countachs were produced over the full model run, which ended with this Anniversary model in 1989.
Built to celebrate Lamborghini’s 25th anniversary, this special edition featured restyled front air dam and air intakes, front and side skirting and wide wheel flares. There were more than 500 changes in total, including an upgraded Alpine sound system and immense Pirelli P-Zero 345/35 ZR15 tires. During the peak of the market in late 1989 and early 1990, Countachs like this one sold for more than $400,000.
The example shown here is a true “time
capsule” car, showing just a few delivery miles on the odometer. In virtually every respect, the car is as new, including its rare factory pearl red paint. In addition, EPA and DOT releases and California title are on file.
This amazing car offers a chance for the astute collector to travel back to a time when it was possible to buy this factory supercar brand new.