1988→1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversario


1988→1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversario

1988→1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversario

The 25th Anniversary, or Anniversario in Italian, was the last and most agressive Countach. The exterior was redesigned by Horacio Pagani and the chassis updated with the help from World Rally Driving Champion Sandro Munari.

This last-of-line model was largely based on the Quattrovalvole 5000S, incorporating its 48-valve engine. Taking the 5000S further, the Anniversary had redesigned aerodynamic ducts for cooling such as the new brake ducts that are incorporated into the rear sills & front dam. The redesigned front and rear kevlar hoods keep to the agressive duct theme as does the optional rear wing. Also included were 2-piece, forged-alloy OZ wheels.

Inside, the car was reworked more than any previous version. Included were new larger seats, door panels and a new steering wheel. New amenities included power windows, better sound deadening and a more powerful air conditioner.

The Anniversary model is part of the stepwise evolution of the Countach since its inception in 1974. It shares the models complex space frame that is central to all the variants. The chassis is centered around a longitudinal V12 with a transmission & clutch positioned ahead of the engine. A drive shaft runs from the transmission, through the crankcase, to the rear differential. Thanks to this unusual layout, the gearshift is mounted directly to the transmission. This positioning makes for a better front to rear weight ratio, removes the need for any gear lever linkages and provides for more precise gear changes. The only downfall to this setup is the added height of the engine to accommodate the drive shaft which gives for a higher center of gravity.

The chassis was upgraded extensively for this version with help from World Rally Champion Sandro Munari. As a result, the Anniversary really is the ultimate Countach since it is more reliable and better handling than the rest.

627 examples were produced from 1988 through to 1990. Cars delivered to the U.S. were fitted with massive rubber bumpers that were necessary to pass 5 mph tests. Once they passed inspection, many of these were fitted with the European-spec units.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1988 – 1990
released at1988 Monaco GP
built atSanta’Agata Bolognese, USA
body stylistHoracio Pagani
production657
price $$ 145,000
predeccesor1986 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV
succeccesor1990 Lamborghini Diablo
engine60° V12
positionMid, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed6 Weber 44 DCNF Carburetors
displacement5167 cc / 315.3 in³
bore85.5 mm / 3.37 in
stroke75.0 mm / 2.95 in
compression9.5:1
power339.3 kw / 455.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output88.06 bhp per litre
bhp/weight304.55 bhp per tonne
torque501.0 nm / 369.5 ft lbs @ 5200 rpm
body / frameAluminum Panels w/Kevlar Front & Rear Hood over Steel Spaceframe Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeOZ 2-Piece Forged Aluminum Alloy
front tires225/50 VR-15 Pirelli P Zero
rear tires345/35 VR-15 Pirelli P Zero
front brakesVentilated Discs w/Hydraulic Assist, 4-Piston Calipers
rear brakesVentilated Discs w/Hydraulic Assist, 4-Piston Calipers
front wheelsF 38.1 x 21.6 cm / 15.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 30.5 cm / 15.0 x 12.0 in
steeringUnassisted Rack & Pinion
f suspensionIndependent w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
r suspensionIndependent w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
curb weight1494 kg / 3294 lbs
wheelbase2473 mm / 97.4 in
front track1536 mm / 60.5 in
rear track1606 mm / 63.2 in
length4240 mm / 166.9 in
width2017 mm / 79.4 in
height1070 mm / 42.1 in
transmissionCentrally Mounted ZF 5-Speed Manual
tran clutchSingle dry plate
gear ratios2.232:1, 1.625:1, 1.085:1, 0.858:1, 0.707:1
final drive4.09:1
top speed~305.8 kph / 190.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.8 seconds
0 – 100 mph~10.0 seconds

 

Auction Sales History

1988→1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversario

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary – did not sell for $300,000 Very Rare Rosso Perlato Color. Tool Kit Included. Excellent Running Condition. Euro-style Front And Rear Bumpers. Well-Preserved Tan Leather Interior. The car is in fine order, with all items and systems functioning properly. The owner’s manual, books, tools, and spare tire are all present. Its signature V-12 bark and a hand on the shifter confirm that it runs as it did when it left the Sant’Agata, Bolognese factory. Auction Source: ‘Rolling Sculpture’ 2015 NYC by Keno Brothers

1988→1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversario

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition ZA9C005A0KLA12973 – sold for $418,000 Ultimate Development of the Celebrated Countach Supercar. One of as Few as 10 Factory-Equipped with Downdraft Carburetors. Extremely Rare and Handsome Color Scheme Well-Preserved, Low-Mileage Example. Original paintwork and interior, as well as its original drivetrain. One of 657 25th Anniversary Edition Models Built. Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company

1988→1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversario

1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary ZA9CA05A1LLA12049 – sold for $451,000 This near factory-fresh Countach shows remarkably well. Its paint remains in very good condition and exhibits a high gloss in the light. Inside, the leather interior shows very little wear throughout. The odometer displays a mere 1,240 kilometers, which is commensurate with the car’s overall condition. Furthermore, it should also be noted that the Countach is offered with its proper tool kit and owner’s manual. Auction Source: Paul & Chris Andrews Collection by RM Sotheby’s

1988→1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversario

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversario – sold for €112,043 – This muscle-bound monster was delivered new to Mister Pastor, Monaco’s Lamborghini importer, who sold it – barely run in, with just 720 miles on the clock (now 1,940 miles) – to the current owner at a sale organized by Hervé Poulain in December 1995. This exceptional ‘second-hand car’, with its red livery and superb black leather upholstery, is in almost pristine condition. Note that this is the preferable European version, with six twin-barrel Weber carburettors guaranteeing power of 455bhp (whereas the American versions, with depolluted injection as per local norms, could manage 425bhp at best). Auction Source: 2010 Artcurial Sport & GTs au Mans Classic