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Lot 119

1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

  • Chassis no. ZA9C005A0KLA12923

Sold for £224,000

449 bhp, 5,167 cc V-12 engine with six Weber carburettors, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear suspension, and front and rear brakes. Wheelbase: 2,450 mm

  • One of 657 25th Anniversary editions produced in 1990
  • Just over 2,600 kilometres from new
  • The iconic “poster car” of its era

The 25th Anniversary Countach was introduced in 1988 to celebrate Lamborghini’s 25th anniversary, and it is often considered to be the most refined and liveable of its series. The car featured many minor updates from lessons learned with previous iterations of the Countach, and there were nearly 500 small differences between the 25th Anniversary edition and the Countach 5000 QV.

The body was subtly redesigned by Horacio Pagani, a man now known for supercars of his own name. The front bumper was redesigned to incorporate air intakes to help cool the front brakes, and the nose was slightly raised. The 25th Anniversary edition also received a new rear bumper. The most noticeable cosmetic difference was that the radiator air intakes that were directly behind the iconic scissor-doors were now body-colour, as they used to previously be finished in black. Underneath its skin, the car’s chassis received several updates to improve handling. The interior received many updates as well, with perhaps the most notable being the installation of electric-powered windows. Additionally, the seats were changed, power-adjustable seatbacks were added, the steering wheel was replaced, and a more robust air-conditioning unit was installed, amongst other minor updates.

This particular Countach, which was one of only a handful produced in 1990, was completed by the factory on 13 February 1990. It was finished in red over black and delivered new to Emilian Auto Spa in Bologna, Italy. The car was then sold new a month later, on 14 March, to the United Kingdom, and it was later purchased by its current owner, who returned the car to its native Italy in 2011. It has resided in his collection ever since. The car still wears its red over black colour scheme very well, and the odometer shows just under 2,700 kilometres from new, which is incredibly low mileage for a car of this age and calibre.

With a 16-year production run that spanned the entire 1980s, it’s obvious why the Countach became the poster child for a generation of enthusiasts, and late-model Countaches have always been considered to be the most comfortable and driver-friendly examples produced. This example is surely amongst the lowest-mileage examples in existence, and as such, it would be worthy of any collection.

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