Sold for $319,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island.
The Lamborghini Countach was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in 1971. It wore a design by Marcello Gandini and featured angular styling and stood just over 40 inches tall. The shocking and exotic design continued to its upwards-hinging 'scissor doors' which proved a magnetic attraction. The design seemingly evolved constantly over the car's 16-year lifespan, adding vents to aid engine cooling, fender flares for wire tires, and safety bumpers for the American market.
The third iteration of the Countach was introduced in March of 1985 at the Geneva Auto Show. The major change being the addition of the four valve heads to the V-12 engine. It was dubbed the Quattrovalvole, or QV for short. The displacement measured 5167cubic centimeters and had a compression ratio of 9.5:1. Horsepower was rated at 455 HP at 7000 RPM in European-carburetor specification, who now featured downdraft rather than side-draft carburetors. The only change to the vehicle cosmetics was to the rocker panels, where vents were added to help increase air flow for the rear brakes.
There were 610 Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole models imported into the United States from 1985 to 1988 and most were fitted with a Bosch Electronic fuel-injection system. Just 13 models were given downdraft carburetors before the EPA and DOT banned Lamborghini from importing them.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014
This 1986 Lamborghini Countach is one of the rare carbureted example. It was sold new in New Jersey and has had only two owners since then. The car has less than 9,000 kilometers on the odometer. It is fresh from a recent full restoration where it was brought back to as-new condition both mechanically and cosmetically. It is finished in red with a beige leather interior, which was its original color combination.
Sold for $335,500 at 2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction.
This Countach is a carbureted Quattrovalvole model. Fewer than half of the production run of 631 Countach Quattrovalvole models featured the six double barrel Webers. They offered nearly 10% more power than the fuel-injected examples that were largely imported to the United States to comply with emission laws at the time. No more than 300 carbureted first-generation Countach QVs left Sant'Agata.
This particular example is one of about 30 that were delivered new to Switzerland. It is finished in Rosso Siviglia over Bianco leather, a color scheme matched by both this car and the one that preceded it on the production line, GLA12926.
It is believed that this Countach remained in Switzerland for the bulk of its life. The history of the Countach from birth to 2012 is not fully known; it appeared for sale in Switzerland in June of 2012 showing 35,825 km and registered to the canton of Bern with the plate 'BE 366 U.' It again appeared for sale in Switzerland two years later with approximately the same mileage. In June of 2014, it was acquired by the present owner and shipped to the United States.
Since arriving in the U.S., it has been serviced with items replaced or rebuilt as needed. It currently has just under 36,500 km on the odometer.
The car is largely original.By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 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