1989 Lamborghin Countach 25th Anniversary
Successor: Diablo RWD Coupe
Celebrity Ownership: American television personality Jay Leno
Prod. #1643. To Carrie E., Canada on 31 Jul 89.
The Lamborghini Countach is a rear mid-engined, V12 sports car produced by Italian
car manufacturer Lamborghini from 1974 to 1990. It is one of the then-exotic designs
conceptualized by Italian Design house Bertone which pioneered and popularized the
sharply angled “Italian Wedge” design language.
This design language was originally embodied and introduced to the public in 1970 as
the Lancia Stratos concept car, while the first showing of the Countach was in 1971 as
the Lamborghini LP500 Concept Car. The DNA of the original Countach can be found
within the design language of sports cars throughout the 1970s and into the ’80s. The
Countach also popularized the “cab forward design concept, which pushes the
passenger compartment forward to accommodate a larger rear-mounted engine.
In 2004, American car magazine Sports Car International named the Lamborghini
Countach number three on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970s and listed it number
ten on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1980s.
Named to honor the company’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 1988, the 25th Anniversary
Countach, although mechanically very similar to the 5000QV, sported considerable
restyling by none other than Horacio Pagani.
Notably, enlargement and extension of the rear ‘air-box’ intake-ducts was among other
refinements undertaken (extending them to a more gradual incline further in-keeping
with aerodynamic-streamlining), while the secondary pair of debossed ducts, originally
situated further behind them, were brought forward and relocated directly on top,
encompassing refashioned fins now running longitudinally rather than transversely, this
allowed the airboxes, located behind the radiators to be rotated from a transverse to a
longitudinal position, allowing better airflow from the radiators out through the secondary
Additionally, further reconstruction of an already modified engine-bay cover, from a
concept consisting of dual-raised sections and tri-ducting, to one that embodies a
center-raised section incorporating dual-ducting become another feature. Various
redevelopments to the rear-end were made; most notably the introduction of a rear
bumper extending outwardly from the lower-portion.
These styling changes were unpopular with many—particularly features such as the fin
strakes within the primary rear-intake-ducts openings, which appeared to mimic the
Ferrari Testarossa though providing crucial improved engine cooling. Nonetheless it
was only outsold by the QV model. It continued to featue 345/35R15 tires. The
Anniversary edition was produced up until 1990 before being superseded by the
The 25th Anniversary Edition was the most refined and possibly the fastest edition of
the Lamborghini Countach: 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 4.7 seconds and 295 km/h
(183 MPH) all out.
This 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary (#2731) comes in traditional Rosso
Siviglia over Champagne leather interior. The car is described as an incredible survivor
and was delivered new in July of 1989 as a 1990 model to Canadian Lamborghini
distributor Eugene Carrie. According to factory records was the fourteenth to last
Curated will perform routine service and safety checks and replace the worn Pirelli P7R
tires on the car.
“At Curated, we do not acquire cars simply for inventory but rather based on what the car is.
We love interesting provenance, very low production, very low mileage, very special and often
John Temerian, Jr.
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