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1985 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

  • Finished in its original menacing colour combination, Nero Tenebra over Nero leather
  • Single owner from new
  • USA delivered, ‘downdraft’ LP5000 QV in European specification with side reflectors
  • Retaining its original owner’s manual, leather pouch, tool kit and spare wheel
  • Chassis no. ZA9C005A0FLA12870

 

This Lamborghini Countach

One of Italy’s most famous exports, the Lamborghini Countach, was built between 1974 and 1990, an incredible production run for a supercar of any generation. Over these years, there are five main developments of the Lamborghini Countach, starting as an LP400 and then LP400 S with a 3.9 litre V12, the Countach soon developed into the 4.8 litre LP500 S before its ultimate and final evolution, the 5.2 litre LP5000 QV and 25th Anniversary.

The Countach LP5000 QV, or ‘Quattrovalvole’, featured the final development of the fearsome Lamborghini V12 engine, now fitted with four valves per cylinder. The European cars were fitted with six down-draft Weber carburettors and produced around 450 bhp at 7,000 rpm. As a result of the carburettors being mounted to the top of the engine, the engine cover itself gained a hump, reducing rear visibility to near zero – but who really looks behind themselves whilst driving a Lamborghini Countach anyway?

Stringent emission regulations in the United States did not allow this setup to be homologated in the United States and with the factory Fuel injection model being delayed month after month, West California Lamborghini bent the rules with a handful of examples for the most determined buyers.

An undisclosed number of as low as 11 examples were imported as “grey market” scheme and a few others using other means. A hefty increase in price did not seem to deter buyers and this complicated and sometimes controversial way to introduce the ultimate Countach to the American market was halted by Sant’Agata when it finally made the Bosh K-Jetronic fuel injection system to the public.

The car offered here, chassis 12870, completed manufacture at Lamborghini in Italy in late July 1985, before being delivered new through Lamborghini West California to its first, and only, owner. Effectively a European downdraft with reflectors and few small tweaks to “bias” the emission reading when tested, this Countach was finished in black with a black leather interior and gold wheels, exactly as it is presented today. The owner of this Countach, a true purist and a real connoisseur, was adamant about having a down-draft LP5000 QV which he still refers to as “the Super Countach”. He somehow managed to acquire it but after some years the law caught up with him and it is understood the authorities asked that the car leave.

Later in its life still with its first and current owner, this Countach returned to its motherland where it was rarely driven before being imported to England, where it resides today. Throughout its life in England, this car has been maintained by SB Race Engineering and the collection’s dedicated mechanic.

Today, this Countach LP5000 QV is offered in its original colours directly from its original owner, complete with its original owner’s manual, leather pouch, tool kit and spare wheel. The car is showing barely 11.000km from new, with the mileage supported by first equipment tyres and original paint on almost every panel of the car. Opportunities to obtain cars as original as this are increasingly rare, even more so in this condition. Surely an opportunity not to be missed.


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