Resplendent in Arancio Miura – the only Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary finished as such
Supplied new to the United Kingdom
One of only 67 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversarys delivered in right-hand-drive specification
Showing just 6,000km on the odometer thanks to a period of long-term storage from 1995 to 2017
Just one owner from new in 1990 until 2021, when it was acquired by its current custodian
Accompanied by an entry into this year’s Concours d’Elegance at Hampton Court
Sandro Munari and Horacio Pagani. To appreciate the lengths Lamborghini went to ensure the car with which it would mark its 25th anniversary was truly worthy, you only needed a glance at the two names drafted in to help develop it.
In truth, when Chrysler assumed control of Lamborghini in the 1980s, it had rather hoped that the new Diablo would be ready in time for the marque’s landmark birthday. Alas, it wasn’t to be, so focus instead turned to the trusty Countach, Lamborghini’s wedgetastic flagship since 1974.
That the resulting Countach 25th Anniversary, of which 667 were produced, evolved from Gandini’s minimal LP400 is remarkable. The liberal addition of era-defining (and functional) strakes and select carbon-fibre bits and pieces were the work of a young Horacio Pagani, who’d been recruited to head Lamborghini’s exciting new composites division. Furthermore, the 1977 World Rally Champion Sandro Munari was brought in to hone the suspension. And it’s fair to say the Italian knew a thing or to about road-holding and balance.
“The liberal addition of era-defining (and functional) strakes and select carbon-fibre bits and pieces were the work of a young Horacio Pagani.”
Combined with a plethora of comfort- and refinement-based upgrades implemented to overcome some of the Countach’s established foibles, the 25th Anniversary is the best Countach to drive and enjoy.
The spectacular 25th Anniversary we’re delighted to be offering boasts a number of strings to its bow. One of only 67 right-hand-drive examples built, chassis number 12958 was delivered new to the United Kingdom via Portman Lamborghini in May of 1990.
Prior to delivery, this Countach’s excited new co-owners, Brian Morris and Richard Earl, visited Sant’Agata and were afforded the chance to see their car on the Lamborghini factory’s production line.
Most obviously, chassis number 12958 is special in that it is the only Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary finished from new in Arancio Miura – a shade chosen to match the owners’ Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’. The striking hue, in our opinion, is everything a Lamborghini should be: bright, bold, unabashed.
For the first five years of its life, this Countach was used sparingly and diligently serviced and maintained by Portman Lamborghini, the official concessionaire in London. In 1995, with circa-5,465 kilometres recorded, chassis 12958 was put into storage, where it would remain for over two decades.
The car was awoken from its slumber in 2017 and promptly sent to Colin Clarke Engineering in Hertfordshire for recommissioning. Totaling over £17,500, the works spanned the entire car, ranging from a full engine-out service and carburetor rebuild to the replacement of the door, bonnet and boot struts.
“The Countach 25th Anniversary was proudly, defiantly Lamborghini and a fitting end for a supercar which has captured the imagination of so many people for so many years.”
This Lamborghini was acquired by its second and final owner in 2021. Following a further service by Colin Clarke Engineering, said owner seized the opportunity to drive it and share the car with the world for the first time in almost 30 years. Public appearances included Italian Car Day at the history-steeped Brooklands motorsport venue and the London Concours, held at the Honourable Artillery Company in the City of London. And that’s really the story so far when it comes to this sensational Countach.
As you’d expect from a car showing just under 8,000km and which has been carefully stored and fastidiously maintained, chassis number 12958 is in exquisite condition. Its Arancio Miura paint retains its allure and has not dulled at all, the carbon-fibre weave on the engine-bay cover easily visible through the original coat. Similarly, the beige leather interior shows no obvious signs of wear.
Accompanied by its original invoice, factory user manuals and warranty books, maintenance invoices, a pair of Lamborghini driving gloves and even the tyres on which it was delivered, this magnificent Arancio Miura Countach 25th Anniversary is a car for today’s ever-discerning market – a car with a unique specification and unquestionable provenance.
The 25th Anniversary might have been a commercial stop-gap until the arrival of the Diablo and, in turn, heralded a new era for the Raging Bull. But it was proudly, defiantly Lamborghini and a fitting end for a supercar which has captured the imagination of so many people for so many years. Chassis number 12958 really is the best of the breed, which probably explains why it’s sold with an entry into this year’s Concours d’Elegance at Hampton Court.
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