Lot 62
1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary "Downdraft" QV Coupe



• Royal lineage in ownership history
• Highly sought-after 25th and final edition
• Extremely well-maintained from new
• Rare “downdraft” carbureted edition
• Absolutely wonderful - mechanically and cosmetically
• Ready for the road, the show or private exhibition
• VIN 002

5,167 cc SOHC V-12 engine, 455 HP, six two-barrel “44 DCNF Weber carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox, front and rear independent suspension with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, Girling four-wheel ventilated disc brakes; wheelbase: 96.5” (245 cm)

From 1974 to 1989, improvements and innovation were the key word at Lamborghini. Powered by the revered V-12 engine whose concept had been designed in 1963 by Giotto Bizzarini, the Countach was a ground-breaking advancement in style, functionality and performance. From the scissor action swing-up doors to the unique powertrain layout created by Lamborghini’s Chief Engineer, Paolo Stanzani, Countach was the epitome of what a sports car should be. Countach is an expression of awe in the Piedmontese dialect; a fitting name indeed.

Throughout its lifetime, Countach was under a constant evolution of progress. For what would ultimately be the final run, a 25th Anniversary edition was released for the 1988 to 1990 model years during which a total of 657 would be produced. For this final push, designer Horacio Pagani applied a few improvements making these final Countach coupes the best ever. One of the most dramatic changes were the enlarged rear air boxes which were restyled and enlarged changing the vents from side-to-side so that they were running front to back. Additionally, was a new air dam and side skirting, or ground effects, that aided in the streamline design of the Countach. To the rear the large taillights were reduced in size with body colored panels replacing the upper and lower portions that had been deleted. Two engine choices were available, for the North American market, the Bosch K-Tronic fuel injection system rated at a healthy 425 HP, and for the rest of the world, there was the “downdraft” version employing six Weber 44 DCNF carburetors which delivered 30 more horses and a most enjoyable resonance from the engine compartment, such as this beautiful example on offer. According to our consignor this car was originally ordered by the young Prince of Dubai. Today the car shows just 11,520 km (approximately 7,160 miles). Owned for just a short period, the “downdraft” Countach fell into the hands of a dedicated enthusiast who has maintained and preserved the coupe in showroom condition. Finished in a radiant Pearl White with Snow White leather seats, this Countach is in excellent condition throughout. From our inspection, we could see no sign of road use with the exception the slightest bit of wear on the driver’s seat, so minimal as to be noticed at all. There is no indication of any cosmetic repair or updates and all the factory equipment including the power operated windows, seats and even the rear wing, are all reported to be in working order. Throughout its lifetime, a number of automotive luminaries have enjoyed the ownership of these fine cars, but nearly everyone agrees that the final edition, especially those fitted with carbureted version of the fabulous engine, was the epitome of design, style and performance. Recently treated to a full fluid servicing, this Anniversary Special Countach is turnkey and ready to be enjoyed wherever you desire, on the road, at the track, or just to be placed center stage in your collection as a truly amazing super car, super star.

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