This astonishing Lamborghini Countach could be yours

| 14 Jan 2020
Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

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A “remarkable” Lamborghini Countach that’s completed fewer than 4000 miles and was commissioned in a special colour will be one of the star lots at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro sale next month.

The 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary is a one-owner car that’s done just 3970 miles and which has spent much of its life in long-term storage.

It’ll cross the block at the Race Retro auction on 22-23 February and although there’s no price given for it, it’s unlikely to come cheap.

Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

This example is one of 67 right-hand-drive cars built and was ordered by a life-long Lamborghini devotee from London dealer Portland who actually went to the factory while the car was being built.

This car would bookend this owner’s Countach collection, because he also had one of the earliest produced, a 1975 LP400 ‘Periscopio’ finished in the striking ‘Arancio Miura’ shade of orange.

By the time this 1990 car was produced, that finish was no longer available, but such was the owner’s desire to colour-match the pair, he managed to convince the factory to offer it as a one-off, making it the only example in that colour at the time of order.

Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

In 1995, just five years after collection and following only light use, the special-edition Countach entered long-term storage, meaning it’s been perfectly preserved.

Then in June 2017 it had £17,600 spent on it at Colin Clarke Engineering when its owner asked for it to be recommissioned – and all the paperwork from this, plus its original document pack, the purchase and registration paperwork, both keys, a set of Lamborghini driving gloves and a bespoke Portman car cover, will be sold with it.

It’s a special example of a special car, built to celebrate Lamborghini’s quarter-century, with tyres wider than those fitted to any other production car at that time, and it was also the marque’s most expensive car to date.

Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
Classic & Sports Car – 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

“This is a remarkable car; I couldn’t believe it when I saw it,” said Lionel Abbott, Silverstone Auctions Specialist.

“To have one of these cars in this condition and with the story of how it came to be in this colour is few and far between. This is certainly a car for a specialist collector.”

Check out the full lot list from next month’s Silverstone Auctions Race Retro sale here.


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