The Lamborghini Countach became a legend in its own time, but Automobili Lamborghini took this masterpiece one-step further.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Automobili Lamborghini SpA they designed and built what would become the ultimate Countach.
This ‘celebration’ model was intended to be sold in limited numbers only, but it turned out to be the best selling Countach ever made reaching a total of 667 units before it was replaced by the long awaited Diablo in 1990.
The Anniversario was in fact a ‘new’ Countach, they redesigned as much as possible, but had to avoid new homologation for this model, so the base of the Anniversario was the then current QuattroValvole chassis.
Only a few items remained from the QV, the front spoiler/bumper was redesigned, now with extra cooling vents for the front brakes, and sills were mounted with cooling streaks for the rear brakes like we already saw on the late 1988 QV models.
In addition, the scoops on the rear wings were redesigned, now much more incorporated into the shoulder, but still effective enough to keep the engine cool, which also received a new hood by the way.
Most of these new panels and the front lid were now made of composite materials as used on the Evoluzione prototype. The rear lights became the same as on the US-specifications QuattroValvole model, and the body-design had a rear bumper incorporated in it, eliminating the ugly black bumpers used on the same US-spec cars. The massive front bumpers were however retained on cars going to the United States, but these were now painted in the same color as the car.
The space frame was also retained, but the suspension had to be slightly modified because of the new Pirelli P Zero tires replacing the aging P7R’s, now mounted on redesigned multi-piece OZ wheels. These modifications were executed under the guidance of champion race driver Sandro Munari, they made the Anniversario more stable and safer, completely different from the ‘normal’ Countach.
The interior was also redone, the seats became wider and now offered electrical adjustments of both the seat and the back, and the design of the door panels was modified. The side windows were now electrically powered and the air-conditioning was again made standard issue. An interesting option was the possibility to mount sport seats, even thinner than the original seats, gaining much needed room for both the driver and passenger, however the Countach remained a little claustrophobic inside.
All these modifications made the Countach look less violent, the Anniversario would not shock anybody like the QV would, but with this latest evolution of the Italian super car, you could actually drive it every day, even in the city.
The last Countach Anniversario was finished in a silver metallic exterior with a light gray interior. This final Countach was never sold but was intended to be put in the official factory museum at Sant’Agata, next to the 350 GTV, which was restored earlier.
Nobody actually knows how many Countach have been made, but this legend was in production for 17 years, and it always remained on top of the super car market.
The Countach will always be remembered as the Lamborghini that kept the company alive and the Anniversario evolution was a very good way to end its production, the production of her Majesty, the Countach.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This exceptional example must be the lowest mileage, best preserved Anniversary Countach available on the market today. Completed at the Sant’Agata-based Lamborghini works during the latter part of 1989 and early 1990, the new supercar was equipped for the European market, and finished in striking Rosso Siviglia red over a cockpit trimmed in black. This particular Countach, which was one of only a handful produced in 1990 It was completed by the factory on 13 February 1990. It was delivered new to Emilian Auto Spa in Bologna, Italy. The car was then sold new a month later, on 14 March, to the United Kingdom, and it was later purchased by a collector who returned the car to its native Italy. In 2011 the car was then purchased by an American enthusiast and exported to the US.
Today, this fantastic Countach presents largely like a new car inside and out. The original black interior shows incredibly well, as does the Rosso Siviglia paint. With less than 2,800 kilometers showing on the odometer it displays the original factory decals and markings intact throughout. This particular car also presents in the rarest and most desirable configuration. It is factory equipped with 6 Weber downdraft carburetors. That induction system not only performs better but it produces the most amazing sound from this incredible V12 engine. These Anniversary models are not only the fastest and most refined Countach but they are also considered the most streetable. This fastidiously preserved Lamborghini offers its next owner an iconic and truly magnificent supercar.