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.
Anniversaries are only celebrated if it’s really something special, and the anniversary Countach was one of the most special Italian supercars ever conceived. As described above, with its chassis which inspired space-frame cars at Le Mans and including its legendary V12 Lamborghini engine, it’s certainly something worth celebrating again and again.
This particular Anniversary is a celebration all in itself. A two-owner car from new, delivered in Holland is rare. By the era of the Anniversary Countach, the entire world wanted one, and a European delivery car is as pure a form as there is.
Two owners from new and finished in no less than the most successful of all colours, Rosso Corsa. Having covered just over 1,000 kilometres on average per year over its entire life, one can only imagine what a jewel in the crown this celebratory supercar this was to the only two European families that owned it.