1990 Lamborghini Countach

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1990
  • Mileage 
    6 400 mi / 10 300 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    ZA9C005A0KLA12958
  • Engine number 
    12958
  • Lot number 
    407
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Introduced to celebrate Lamborghini's 25 years as a car maker5167cc V12, 449bhp, 0-60 mph in4.7 seconds with a top speed of 183mph(295km/h)A3 DUU is one of very fewUK-supplied, right-hand drive AnniversarycarsWith our vendor from new. Long-term storage from 1995to 2017. 6,390kmCompletely recommissioned in June 2017. Brake overhaul, carburettors and fuel lines(17,600)Widely regarded as the best driving of all Countach variantsDesigning a successor to the delicious Lamborghini Miura was something of a challenge for Marcello Gandini, however, with the arrival of the Countachin 1971, he demonstrated to the world that his ability to create automotive drama was alive and well. In fact, the word Countachis Piedmontese slang for something that visually shocksand has no direct translation but 'wow' is probably the most polite.The first Countach appeared at the Geneva Show in 1971. Big, bright and brash like the rest of the seventies, the Countach was to remain in production, through various iterations for 16years. With hindsight, it's clear that the car's flying wedgedesign, with a sloping snout that appeared to descend directly from the windscreen, and innovative scissor doors, became a template for every supercarthat followed. The original, beautifully clean profile was gradually bedecked with 'wings and things' as fashions changed over the years and frequent small mechanical changes were often the result of customer input in their capacity as unwitting development engineers. However, by the time Lamborghini was 25 years old and the Countach Anniversary was introduced in 1988, the majority of these teething troubles were in the past.The Anniversary was effectively a newCountach, mechanically very similar to the 5000QV but sporting much-changed styling courtesy of Horatio Pagani. The rear air boxes were restyled and enlarged, while the vents behind them were changed so that they ran front-to-back instead of side-to-side. In addition, a new air dam and side skirting, both with air intakes, were fitted, and the taillights restyled to be narrower, with body-coloured panels replacing the upper and lower parts of the previous larger lights. These styling changes were striking on the 17-year-old designand had the added benefit of improving the engine's cooling, a problem with which thepowerful Countach had always struggled. The Countach also featured 345/35R15 tyres, the widest available on a production car at the time. The factory only anticipated a limited demand but the sheer talent of this mature development meant that it actually became the most prolific Countach ever with 67 being finished in right-hand drive.Offered here is an Anniversary Countach with a complete timeline and only one owner from new. The story begins with our vendor, a lifetime Lamborghini fan, ordering the Countach in UK right-hand drive specification from London dealer Portland,visiting the factory during the build in early 1990 and having a dialogue with all the Lamborghini notaries. He was the proud owner of one of the earliest ever Countach, a 1975 LP400 Periscopio which was finished in Arancio and was in the enviable position of being able to book-endthe many years of Countach production. He was keen to have his new Anniversary model finished in the same Arancio Miuracolourscheme but the managementwere initially reluctant as they no longer listed thatcolour.However, with a little bit of persuasion from no less than Sig Balboni, they eventually conceded. A fair bit of time was spent making sure that the new car's hue matched our vendor's 1975 LP400.Since collection, it has been used lightly, covering only6,390 km from new, and consequently must represent one the best examples of the original poster car available today. It was movedinto long term storage in 1995 and was completely recommissioned in June 2017 includinga full brake overhaul, carburettors and fuel lines. The invoice from Colin Clarke Engineering amounted to a not inconsiderable17,600 and thisCountach 25A is now back on the road andready to be enjoyed by only its second owner. The registration A3 DUU will remain with the car and it's supplied with the original document pack,the purchase and registration paperwork, service and recommissioning invoices, both keys, a set of Lamborghini driving gloves and a bespoke Portman car cover.Very seldom does such a car with single ownership cometo market withwhat can only be described as a perfect history, in remarkable conditionand in a colour that pays homage to its legendary predecessor.mediumLamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Video