1987 Lamborghini Countach

1987 Lamborghini Countach 1987 Lamborghini Countach 1987 Lamborghini Countach Coupe
Chassis #: ZA9CA05A5HLA12188
Lamborghini introduced the latest update to the Countach at the 1985 Geneva Motor Show. It came with an increased engine displacement which rose to nearly 5.2-liters, while each of the 12 cylinders was given four-valve induction. With this new configuration, it was given the model designation Quattrovalvole, or QV. The vehicles destined for the U.S. market were equipped with Bosch fuel injection. With the modifications to the engine, horsepower was rated at 420 HP. Approximately 610 examples of the 5000 QV were built before they were replaced by the 25th Anniversary Edition Countach in 1988.

The Lamborghini 5000 QV had angular scoops and boxy intakes.

This particular 5000 QV is a mid-production car that was in the care of its original owner for the majority of its existence, from 1987 to 2014. It is believed to have been purchased new in Canada by Mr. M. Glenn who relocated this US-specification Countach to Florida in 1996.

The new owner had the American-specification rubber bumpers removed in favor of European-style bumpers. This 5000 QV is one of the rare examples without a rear spoiler wing. It is also finished in a rare color of Pearl White over Ivory leather.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2015
1987 Lamborghini Countach 1987 Lamborghini Countach 1987 Lamborghini Countach Coupe
Chassis #: ZA9CA05AXHLA12123
This Lamborghini Countach was built in March of 1987 and specified for the United States market. It came equipped with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, a Rosso Siviglia (Seville red) exterior paint trim, and trimmed with a Senape (Mustard) leather interior. It was delivered to Lamborghini East in New York, the distributorship founded by ex-Modena Sports Cars mechanic Joe Nastasi. It was then delivered to a customer in Beverly Hills, California. By 1991, with 5,820 km on its odometer, it was sold to Richard Fankhanel of Pennsylvania. Mr. Fankhanel was the proprietor of a dealership called The Car Barn, and retained the car for 25 years, driving it sparingly. In August of 2010, the odometer displayed only 6,270 km.

It is believed that it retains its original paint and interior finishes. It has its manufacturer-equipped Pirelli P7R tires, and a period Alpine audio system. Currently, it has 10,450 km.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017
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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