At the 1971 Geneva Motor show, a spectacular and revolutionary new space-age supercar, code-named "LP112," stole the show. It would take three years to actually bring this amazing car to production, the first "production" Countach being built at the factory in 1974. The car incorporated a series of interesting trapezoidal designs including the windshield, mirrors, door openings, side windows, hood and engine covers and taillights. The 4-litre, 6-Weber carburettor, V-12 engine was located amidships in the car with engine cooling accomplished through twin side-mounted radiators, externally covered by louvered vents behind the side windows. Using Formula 1 technology, the car incorporated an all-steel .-space frame, Also incorporated into the outrageous design of the 42" tall car were its noteworthy scissor doors.
As years passed, the iconic Countach saw many technological improvements and cosmetic additions, including the functional, stabilizing and instantly recognizable rear wing Engine displacement was increased to a 5.2, litre, 48 valve, V-12 with 6 Weber carburetion, which, by the time production of this landmark car ended with The 25th Anniversary Edition, offered a 0-60 mile per hour acceleration time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 185mph--Supercar performance indeed! The most refined (everything is relative) and probably fastest production version of the Countach, just a limited number-- 657--of these highly desirable Anniversary cars was built. This is #602. But there was one issue which many American purchasers found objectionable.
The United States offered a substantial enthusiast market for these incredible cars, so Lamborghini decided to capitalize on that market. The cars headed to the U.S. had to conform to U.S. bumper standards. Unfortunately the resulting big block bumpers were anything but subtle and did nothing to complement the beauty of the cars.
Lamborghini, as other manufacturers, used codes in their chassis numbers. The cars designated to land in the United States included a "U" in that number. Of course, these cars had to have the hastily-designed bumpers in order to be brought into this country. There was, however, a little-known way--not very economical or convenient but very effective--to circumvent this problem. Lamborghini built a few of these cars with an "A" designation in the chassis number, instead of a "U." The "A" stood for cars which could be shipped to "America, etcetera." That strange designation meant that the cars could not be sold to the American mainland, but could go to offshore parts of America. For instance, a new Anniversary Countach could be sold to Japan and shipped to Hawaii. From there, any designation was possible.
Our Anniversary car is one of those very special examples which followed that exact trajectory. It conformed to U.S. specs but was not built with the U.S.bumpers. The car was delivered to Hawaii, spent the requisite time there and then came to the East Coast where Its owner, a local M.D. and obvious Lamborghini enthusiast, pampered the car, driving it sparingly. He kept the car covered in his climate controlled garage along with another Lamborghini, two Ferraris, a Corniche convertible, and other assorted collectibles. He periodically sent the car to be serviced at the closest dealership, only driving the car on rare special occasions. We have sold his Corniche for him and now have the special opportunity of selling the star of his current collection.
A collector's dream and a rare opportunity--an original and pampered, most desirable form U.S. designation 25th Anniversery Countach. Gorgeous in glistening black with supple tan leather. 9,265m (5,757 miles) $485,000.