For a particular generation, the Lamborghini Countach is the iconic poster car for kids that became automotive aficionados. Sleek, stylish and absolutely unique with scissors doors and wide stance, the Countach was the supercar my generation wanted, but by the time the 1980s were coming to a close, the platform was on its last legs.
Initially produced in 1974, the Countach was entering its 25th anniversary with an uncertain future after Lamborghini was acquired by Chrysler in 1987 and the development of the supercar’s heir, the Diablo, was delayed. To bridge the gap and honor the Countach’s run, a 25th anniversary edition was developed.
Enter young designer Horacio Pagani, who was entrusted with updating the body and aero package for the Pick of the Day, a 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition, a very-low-mileage example listed on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Farmingdale, New York.
“For Lamborghinis 25th anniversary, what would be the final and most highly developed edition of the Countach was built in a run of just 657 examples,” the seller notes. “The car gained new elegance with the addition of a front air dam and completely redesigned engine and cooling intakes that were now integrated into the body lines. New lower body work integrated with the fender flares and blended with a redesigned rear bumper.”
Finished in Siviglia Red, the Countach with its scissor doors, optional large spoiler, and pop up headlights is distinctive, pronounced and not particularly subtle. Once inside, the tan interior features leather bucket seats, a black-and-tan dashboard, and a center console with a gated-shifter for the manual transmission.
This mid-engine Countach 25th Anniversary Edition is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V12 engine that produced a factory-rated 455 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission to get the power to the rear wheels. Performance was stout, 0-60 mph in 5-seconds and a top speed of 183 mph.
This Lambo rides on new OZ modular wheels with Pirelli Zero Asymmetrical tires, which replaced the old P7s. This is a one-owner Lamborghini with 2,599 miles, and the sale of this vehicle includes service records.
This 25th Anniversary Countach is listed for $599,900 and can be viewed on ClassicCars.com at Pick of the Day.