• If your Aventador Ultimae sank with the ship, consider owning this Countach in a few days for the same price.
• Lamborghini produced only 610 Quattrovalvole models from 1985 to 1988, and this one is at auction until Monday, April 25.
• Ownership of Countach comes with lifetime rights to valet parking at any nightclub in Miami.
Scissor doors started with the Lamborghini Countach. Technically, they debuted on another Marcello Gandini masterpiece a few years ago, but never had a car designer insisted on vertical hinges and hydraulic struts to hold a door in place. It made no practical sense in 1974, and it still makes adjusters sick of themselves in 2022. 1987 Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole sells for twice the price of the new Huracán Technica because it has two doors that open the to the right way. It’s on Bring a Trailer, which, like Car and driver, part of Hearst Autos – and quietly sitting in Seekonk, Massachusetts ready to replenish cannonball race.
The winning bidder receives a DVD of this 1981 film, itself a recreation of our very own Cannonball Run. Even better are new spark plugs, new vintage Pirelli P7s with the most extreme offset ever (225 front/345 rear), and everything in dizzying condition except an electric mirror switch. Not that mirrors count on a Countach.
The red-on-fire scheme is called Rosso Siviglia sull Senape, so practice those words for the first few miles (there are about 4500 on the odometer, which reads in miles). And then it’s a Quattrovalvole: four valves per cylinder, 48 total, coaxing even more power from the 5.2-liter V-12 and helping to produce the most divine voices of any 1980s supercar. Lamborghini built 610 QV-spec Countach models between 1985 and 1988 and only 66 with fuel injection. It’s one of them.
As with all Lamborghinis V-12s built until a few years ago, handling and agility were not included from the factory despite the two seats hovering inches off the ground and OZ wheels with their design of perforated “telephone dial”. There is no levity in the controls. A few Countach owners are so exasperated with working the pedals and steering that they’ve retrofitted the power assist and looser throttle cables. The seller of this Countach is not one of them.
With a week before Auction ends Monday, April 25, bidding is $500,000. A little advice for the next owner of the Countach: We recommend the immediate removal of the American bumper extensions which tarnish a Bugatti Chiron or an Aston Martin Vantage as much as this 1987 Lambo. Gandini was not concerned by our laws on the 5 mph bumpers designed to help Oldsmobile drivers return to another car at Sears without damage. For parking, however, Lamborghini thought the scissor doors helped with rearward visibility so a driver could tilt their head and rest on the sill while feathering the clutch. Wisely, instead of an ugly additional backup camera from Amazon, the seller replaced the driver’s side door strut. This is the most important part of a Countach.
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