Few would deny that Lamborghini’s Countach is the quintessential supercar of its era. It was built by a talented and passionate team of designers and engineers with the purpose of being the most extrovert and outrageous of cars available for the street. As a replacement for the fabulous Miura this was a tall order, but there can be no doubt that it succeeded and even today, though there are more modern cars and faster cars, the Countach will draw people’s attention like nothing else. The stunning styling was by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini and when the first prototype was revealed as project 112, one of the factory workers exclaimed Countach, a local Piemontese expletive, politely translated as Wow! The name stuck.
Incorporating much race car technology, it was an automotive tour de force. With its back-to-front, longitudinally mounted, V12 engine and gearbox, independent double wishbone suspension all round and rigid space frame, it was easily the fastest production car around, reaching a claimed 190mph. Like its predecessor, the car quickly found favour with enthusiastic drivers and wealthy playboys alike. One of Lamborghini’s most loyal customers was Formula One race team owner, Walter Wolf, who owned several examples, one of which was modified for him by the factory to be quicker still. Suspension revisions allowed the fitting of much wider wheels mounted with Pirelli’s brand new P7 tyre, designed especially for this car. Flared wheel arches sprouted from the flanks and at the front an air dam was fitted, while a huge delta wing sprouted from the rear bootlid. With engine modifications, Wolf reckoned his car was fast enough to be competitive at Le Mans. Lessons learned from Wolf’s car were put into practice with the introduction of the S variant, essentially a cosmetic replica. 667 units came off the production line at Sant Agata before the Diablo was scheduled to replace it in 1990.
It wasn’t ready however so the ‘Anniversario’ stepped up to the plate. Based on the current QV chassis, much had changed. The front and rear bumpers were re-designed, now with extra cooling vents for the front brakes. Sills had additional cooling streaks for the rear brakes and more cooling could be found on the rear shoulders. The suspension was modified in order to accommodate the new Pirelli P Zero tyres and OZ split-rim wheels and all modifications were executed under the watchful eye of champion racing driver, Sandro Munari.
Purchased in August 1990 directly from the factory, this fabulous matching numbers example of the 25th Anniversary was owned by the same enthusiast from 1990 to 2015. The Countach has now covered c. 650 kilometres from new, at the hands of two owners, and has enjoyed a comprehensive service by the Lamborghini Centre Belgium, to the tune of €18,000. Offered with both keys, relevant Lamborghini Manuals, Service Book and proof of matching numbers, this is effectively a brand new, barely run in Lamborghini Countach. A once in a lifetime opportunity for the true enthusiast.