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1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary news, pictures, specifications, and information

The Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition was created in celebration of Lamborghini's 25 years of existence. The cars had over 500 differences to the other Countach models, with the most obvious difference being the Horacio Pagani designed bodykit and its large rear wing. They sported the largest tires on a production car at the time, measuring 345/35R15. Mechanically, they were similar to the 5000QV.

The special styling of the 25th Anniversary Edition was unpopular with many. Many of the styling features, such as the numerous vents and enlarged intakes provided additional air to the engine and improved its cooling.

The cars rested on a 2500mm wheelbase and weighed 1490kg. Power was from the 5.2-liter V12 engine which was mounted mid-ship, behind the driver. In total, 650 examples of the 25th Anniversary Edition were created.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
Coupe
Designer: Bertone
Chassis Num: ZA9CA05A3KLA12715
 
The Countach has always been the one Lamborghini that everyone seems to have a poster of - it was in many movies and was featured on '60 Minutes' when Valentino Balboni was doing a test drive being filmed by a helicopter crew.

This is a special Euro version as evidenced by the Euro front bumper.
Coupe
Designer: Bertone
 
Named to honor the company's 25th year anniversary in 1988, the 25th Anniversary Countach was mechanically very similar to the 5000QV but sported much changed styling. The rear 'air boxes' were re-styled 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 were re-styled to be narrower, with body-colored panels replacing the upper and lower parts of the previous large taillights.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2013
Coupe
Designer: Bertone
 
Countach, a name originated from the Piedmontese dialect as an expression of awe (usually reserved for seeing an attractive woman) was aptly applied to this Bertone-designed supercar. When it was introduced at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, it created quite the stir. With the fundamental design over 40 years old, it still strikes a strong emotional chord with many who see it today.

One of the most recognizable styling points of the Countach was its scissor doors. This was partially driven by the height and width of the sills created by the tubular spaceframe, but the styling touch was unmistakable and carried through to subsequent models.

This one-owner 25th Anniversary model shown here was created to celebrate the anniversary of the company and Lamborghini changed and updated many features of the car to make it truly special. There were revisions to the iconic 'air boxes' and the vent-work behind them on either side of the car. In addition, there was a new front air dam and side skirts as well as revised rear tail-lamps. It also featured 345/35R15 tires mounted to multi-piece OZ wheels which were the widest tire ever put on a production vehicle at that time.

The 5.2L V12 mid-engine produced 455bhp and achieved a 0-60mph time of 4.9sec with a maximum speed of 183mph. It is an absolutely remarkable car of its time.
The Countach was the predecessor to the very successful Miura. The body was designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, and given a mid-engine layout in two-door coupe configuration. It featured an attractive and curvaceous body with elegant lines and fitted with modern mechanical components and technology. The engine was mounted longitudinally and replaced the transverse layout of its predecessor. The transmission was now fitted in front of the engine offering excellent weight distribution. Power was sent to the rear wheels through a driveshaft, which ran in its own tunnel in the engine's sump. Top speed was achieved at nearly 200 mph with zero-to-sixty taking under six-seconds.

The Countach was first shown to the public at the 1971 Geneva Motorshow. It was dubbed the Countach LP500, for its five-liter powerplant. It was finished in an eye-catching bright sunflower yellow and had small air intake ducts. The production version, though similar in design, was a vast departure from the prototype version. The car customers received did not have the five-liter engine or the monocoque chassis. Instead, a four-liter derivative engine was mounted inside a tubular frame. Though the engine was smaller in displacement size, it was much more reliable and durable. The 5-liter unit had failed initial testing and was destroyed during a high speed test session. Part of the issue was the cars poor ability to keep the engine cool, which eventually resulted in larger air ducts.

The prototype car was destroyed in a European crash test demonstration. A sad end to a unique vehicle that could only be described as 'priceless' in the modern era.

The Countach had elegant lines that ran from the front to the rear in classic Bertone style. The only things disrupting those lines were the vehicles cooling vents, which were necessary to provide air to the engine. The doors opened in scissor-like fashion and added to the ambiance and exotic nature of the vehicle.

Two years after the Geneva Motorshow debut, the production version was ready for the customers. The cars were called the 'Countach LP400', again, in reference to the vehicles engine displacement size. The car remained in production for two decades; during that time five different versions and iterations of the Countach were offered. By 1982, a suitable five-liter engine had been created and could be found in the vehicles engine bay; three years later the engine evolved again, being given four-valve heads and increasing horsepower to 455 for the European versions.

The first individual to receive a Countach was an Australian who took procession in 1974. D. Milne was a member of the Australian Defense Force Transport Corps.

This car, along with most of the other cars built by Lamborghini had one purpose: To beat Ferrari. Mr. Ferruccio Lamborghini, a tractor manufacturer, had an argument with Enzo Ferrari. He had bought a Ferrari and had a complaint with the car. When he approached Enzo Ferrari with his comments, Enzo replied that the problem was with the driver and not with the car. He also remarked that Ferruccio was just a tractor maker and did not understand real engineering. The result was a super car dynasty.

The first series of Countach's were known as the LP400 followed by the LP400S in 1978. The engine was further increased in 1982 to 4.8 liters and the model designation changed to LP500s. The LP500S was Lamborghini's response to Ferrari's 'Boxer' car, the 365 GT4. It was called 'Boxer' because it used a horizontally opposed engine which resembled a boxer boxing. Ferrari's response to the LP500S was the Testarossa. Once again, Lamborghini answered by creating the Quattrovalvole that produced 455 horsepower.

Electric fans and large ducts located behind the door helped with keeping the mid-engine V-12 cool. By placing the engine in the middle, better handling was achieved through better weight distribution. The body was made entirely of alloy except for the fiberglass doors.

Trunk space was limited. Both the front and the rear had minimal compartments for storage.

A rear spoiler was optional and provided extra down force and stability. It also looked good as well.

In 1991, after twenty years of production, the Countach was laid to rest to make room for the new Diablo. There were 157 examples of the LP400 produced; 237 of the LP400S. 321 of the LP500S were created and 676 examples of the LP500S QV. The 25th Anniversary edition had some of the highest production figures of all the Countach's, second to the LP500S QV, with 650 examples being production.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014
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