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Bologna-based automotive manufacturer Lamborghini commemorated their 25th anniversary of building flamboyant supercars with a unique creation. A special 25th-anniversary edition Countach featured nearly 500 subtle alterations from the original, designed by then-head of composite engineering Horacio Pagani. Special edition cars are known to spend more time in garages than on the road. Some hardly ever contact the asphalt. For example, perhaps the lowest-mileage example Lamborghini Countach sold at a recent Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix, Arizona. With just 155 miles on the clock, the “factory-fresh” Lamborghini fetched over three-quarters of a million dollars.

How does the 25th anniversary Lamborghini Countach differ from the others?

Lamborghini Countach
1990 25th Anniversary Lamborghini Countach | Jasen Delgado, RM Sotheby’s

Famed design house Bertone originally style the Lamborghini Countach. But for the anniversary car, Pagani was tasked with making the low-slung V12 coupe a bit easier to live with.

Lamborghini upgraded the windows to electrical operation. The seats were made powered-adjustable to increase comfort for the driver and passenger. A more powerful air-conditioning system was a welcome addition, considering the windows open less than halfway.

Performance remained identical to the LP5000 Quattrovalvole. The 5.2-liter V12 made 449 horsepower, giving the Countach a 0-60 mph time of around 4.7 seconds. Pagani’s ventures offered the most extensive changes with exterior Kevlar composites. On the body, re-engineered front air intakes improved brake cooling. Enlarged and extended the rear intake ducts and added longitudinal fins allowed better airflow to the engine. The rear bumper was also stretched to improve downforce—particularly useful for the Countach’s 183 mph top speed.

Owner history of the 155-mile Lamborghini Countach

Lamborghini Countach
Lamborghini Countach 5.2-liter V12 | Jasen Delgado, RM Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s believes this 1990 25th anniversary Lamborghini Countach is “quite likely the lowest mileage, late-model Countach in existence.” They assert a Detroit-area physician bought the car on February 5, 1990, from the Clark Motor Company of Heath, Ohio, for $275,000. At the time of sale, the Countach reportedly had 82 miles indicated on the odometer. In November 2007, the “time capsule” Countach reappeared at the original dealer with roughly eight miles added in the preceding 17 years. Between 2010 and 2020, an Ohio car collection kept it. Reportedly, they took the Countach “for very short drives to keep its mechanical components in working order.”

VINWiki shows the Countach—VIN ZA9CA05A7LLA12718—was listed in 2019 at Marshall Goldman Motor Sales in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, for $549,900. Yet, Sotheby’s says a consignor purchased the supercar from an Ohio residency in January 2020, with a total of 155 miles on the clock.

January 26 Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix, Arizona

Lamborghini Countach
1990 25th Anniversary Lamborghini Countach | Jasen Delgado, RM Sotheby’s

Presented at the auction “as new,” the 1990 Lamborghini Countach had an estimated final bid of between $750,000 and $1 million. Along with the original Pirelli P Zero tires, it had the original owner’s manuals, sales brochures, and the bill of sale.

When the gavel fell, a final bid of $775,000 secured the time capsule Countach. While it’ll be too perilous to pilot the supercar at speed with quarter-century-old tires, it’s “a true reference for a preservation-grade Lamborghini,” Sotheby’s declares.


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