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Lot 228: 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

Few would deny that Lamborghini's Countach is the quintessential supercar. It was built by a talented and passionate team of designers and engineers with the purpose of being the most extrovert and outrageous of cars available for the street. As a replacement for the fabulous Miura this was a tall order, but there can be no doubt that they succeeded, and even today, though there are more modern cars and faster cars (a tiny number), it is the Countach which will draw people's attention like no other car. The stunning styling was by Bertone's Marcello Gandini and when the first prototype was revealed as project 112, one of the factory workers exclaimed "Countach", a local Piemontese expletive, roughly translated as Wow! Incorporating much race car technology, it was an automotive tour de force. With its back-to-front longitudinally mounted V12 engine and gearbox, independent double wishbone suspension all round and rigid space frame, it was easily the fastest production car around, reaching a claimed 190 mph.To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lamborghini factory they designed and built the ultimate Countach, as the Diablo prototype was not ready. The anniversary was to be sold in limited numbers, but it actually became the best selling Countach ever. With over 500 changes they redesigned as much as possible, but to avoid new homologation the base of the 'Anniversario' was the then current, and very potent 5000 QuattroValvole model.It is unsure exactly how many Countach's in total were made in the 17 years of production, however it is believed that some 657 anniversary models were built between 1989 and 1990, of that just a handful of right hand drive cars found there way to the UK importer Portman Lamborghini. This example is one of them.More remarkably this one owner car is showing just 311 Kms on the clock. Having been professionally stored at Storacar, in Newport Pagnell for most of its life its condition remains in absolutely excellent order, the paint and interior remaining like new. Finished in red with a cream interior this has to be the most perfect example currently on offer in the UK.

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
TypeCar
Lot Number228
Estimate£50000-£60000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1990
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Registration numberH39 FNH
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Chassis numberZA910005AKLA12855
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