1986 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV
1986 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV
- Lovely condition
- 44,000 miles from new
- Desirable Quattrovalvole example
- The iconic poster car of the 1980's
To think the Countach was the direct replacement for the legendary Miura throws up a couple of questions. “Surely there were 4 or 5 models between them?” and “I’m assuming they must have been designed 20 or 30 years apart?” The answer to both questions is a resounding ‘No’. The Countach was launched just 5 years after the Miura in 1971 at the Geneva Salon and the reaction was one of awe and wonder. Here was a car that looked like it had been designed on another planet, a straight-edged ‘wedge’ design with other-worldly doors that opened up instead of out! Even more astounding is the fact that the designer of the Countach, the legendary Marcel Gandini, also designed the Miura! This shows the pace at which the automotive world was moving and Lamborghini were proud to be at the forefront of it all.
It would be nearly 3 years before the first production cars were being delivered to customers. These early cars were called the LP400 and used the same 4-Litre V12 that powered the Miura, but mounted longitudinally and with greater weight distribution thanks to the position of the gearbox and differential, in front and behind the engine respectively. Power was unchanged at 375bhp.
Despite an early headstart on the competition in terms of styling and performance, the likes of Ferrari were quick to react and as a result the Countach went through a number of changes over its 16 year production life.
The first was the LP400S in 1978, the major changes were cosmetic with the addition of wheel arch extensions to fit wider tyres for improved roadholding and the option of ordering the car with the famous high rear wing.
1982 saw the engine grow from 3929cc to 4754cc in the form of the LP500S.
The biggest and some would argue best evolution of the Countach came in 1985 with the launch of the 5000QV. The engine was bored and stroked to 5167cc and the head was redesigned with 4 valves per cylinder or Quattrovalvole (QV). With these changes and the change from sidedraught to downdraught carburettors, power shot up to 455bhp. To put this into perspective the direct competitor in the Ferrari stable, the Testarossa, only put out a ‘paltry’ 390bhp! Even the mighty 288 GTO only managed 400bhp!
There were a number of differences within the QV production cycle. A large number of cars went to the USA and as a result of strict regulations were fitted with fuel injection as well as impact bumpers, which ruined the styling of the car. In 1988 straked side skirts were fitted, which again, lost the purity of the round sill design that had graced the car from new. Some would argue that the best Countach built over the 16 year production cycle was a 5000QV fitted with carburettors and the round side sills.
Which is exactly what we have to offer here. This stunning example was delivered new to Italy in 1986 before being bought by a French gentleman who owned a number of factories around France, specialising in the production of leather goods. Amazingly, he would use the Lamborghini to run between his factories, hence the mileage covered.
During his ownership the car was well maintained with a recommissioning in 1999 at 68,500 kms which included:
· New cylinder head gaskets
· Complete exhaust system inc. manifolds
· Valve adjustment
· New power steering pump
· All new hoses
· New bushes and ball joints all round
· New spark plugs
In July 2014 at 73,050 kms the car was gone through again, including:
· Complete fluid change (oil, coolant and brake fluid)
· New alternator
· New A/C compressor
· New water pump and oil pump
· New tyres all round
· New brake lines
· New oil and air filter
· New HT leads
The current owner has had the car since 2015 and it has been in his delightful collection of Italian and German cars. Finished in Rosso Siviligia with a lovely two tone Tan with Cream interior, the car presents and drives beautifully. This really is a rare chance to buy a rare specification and desirable carburettor, round sill Countach 5000 QV.