Car Feature>> Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

It’s finally happened. I can tick another “to do” off my long list of things I need to get done before I die. For many people of my generation there is one exotic that is the embodiment of a supercar. Its posters have graced walls of car obsessed kids across the world, many have played with die cast models of it and probably all have dreamed about owning or driving it. The Lamborghini Countach was designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, the same designer that penned the equally beautiful but totally different Miura. The Countach defined Lamborghini for the better part of two decades…

…giving way to the equally memorable Diablo in 1990. I have seen many at events, shows and museums, but I’ve never had the chance to spend some quiet time with one and do a full shoot on it.

Lamborghini Countach LP5000 and Lamborghini LP560 Superleggera

My visit to Sodegaura Forest Raceway a couple of Sunday’s back was done to allow me to stretch the legs of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera I had been given for the weekend and to hunt down some cool Japanese vintage rides that were participating at a TA-Auto organized soukoukai.

So much for that idea! As soon as I spotted this red Countach parked up in the paddock I knew that a chance like this wouldn’t come up anytime soon.

The owner was very enthusiastic about having his prized possession shot, a car he bought new in 1988 and has been enjoying ever since. As the above badge indicates this is the 25th Anniversary edition, a special run of 650 or so cars that were built to celebrate Lamborghini’s then 25 years.

Gandini’s wedge design is simply incredible when seen up close.

Lamborghini Countach Scissor Doors

When I was a kid the 25th Anniversary was my favorite model as it had all the cool aggressive aerodynamic treatment…

…the bigger air intakes and of course the massive optional rear spoiler.

The rear end also sported redesigned taillights, which were much smaller and recessed compared to the original 1975 LP400. I think with age and maturity comes an appreciation for simpler things and these days I definitely prefer the basic and spoilerless designed of the original car.

As futuristic as the design was for its time, and today too, it does cause some issues when it comes to visibility. To get around this the owner has fitted a camera under the right side mirror so he can kind of see where he is going when reversing.

The Countach introduced the scissor doors that these days continue to grace the top of the line Lamborghini, the halo car if you will, the latest being the new Aventador.

A little detail on this 25th Anniversary edition, the special sill finishers.

Lamborghini Countach Interior

The interior is just about as angular as the exterior. Everything has been left stock except for the addition of an LCD screen to facilitate reversing maneuvers.

Lamborghini Countach Dashboard

The clock displays the original mileage, 38,686 km or just over 24,000 miles. Not bad for a 23 year old car.

Every surface is wrapped in soft leather, which despite its age, still seems to be in great condition.

The headrests are embossed with a very small bull. Obviously branding was a little more sedate back in the eighties.

Of course Gandini’s wedge design with the cockpit moved as far forward as possible was done to free space…

Lamborghini Countach V12 Engine

…for the massive V12 engine sitting in the back.

Carburetors supply the required fuel necessary to develop 455 HP of brute naturally aspirated power. According to Lamborghini’s original figures that is good enough for a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 sec and a top speed of just over 180 mph. Not bad if you consider it hits the scales at 1,590 kg.

One of the most obvious modifications to the 25th Anniversary were the larger air intakes to help supply a bigger charge of air to the two radiators. The Countach’s biggest problem was always overheating and this particular car was suffering from just that problem at Sodegaura. On the drive over from Tokyo the owner noticed the water temperature spiked north of 100º C. Upon closer examination when at the track, he discovered that both motors driving the extractor fans had seized meaning it could no longer be used. He called for a flatbed to come and collect the car.

Airboxes were also a little bit larger on this model to help feed a bigger amount of air to the 5.2L V12.

This particular car has been very slightly modified with a pair of HID driving lights up front…

Lamborghini Countach Rear

…and a cut away rear lower bumper section to help give a more menacing look. This has exposed the exhaust system which has been modified with upward angled tailpipes for a more dramatic effect.

Lamborghini Countach Wheels

Of course the cut away bumper also allows the massive rear 345/35ZR15 Pirelli rollers to be fully visible from the back.

What a profile!

By the time I was done with the shoot the transporter had arrived and the owner did the usual Lambo door-up reverse maneuver in order to align it up to the flat bed.

Needless to say that after having the chance to shoot such an important piece of modern automotive history, I was well and truly satisfied!

-Dino Dalle Carbonare

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1

Well written and great shots. the Countach is truly one of the cars that leaves not just rubber smoke on the road but legacy in the automobile history pages.

2

Oh man that's so beautiful.. Could really use some of those shots for desktops!

3

For the 25th Anniversary and other Lambos please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucqQ95zWpro

4

Tremendous photos as usual Dino. Desktops of 3 or 7, perhaps?

5

thats over 1k a year. good man driving this car!

6

I wonder how can this car looks fantastic from every sight.

7

Wallpapers please!

8

Weird. It wasn't until I saw the shot of the driver inside the Countach that I realized how small the car really is. It's angles and width make it seem much larger.

9

Awesome feature, the earlier models look cleaner but this spec has the perfect "80's poster" presence !

10

A wonderful presentation.... Countach surely was an important part of kid's posters and their lifetime goals.... Thank you Lamborghini for such a wonderful car...



Great shots... Great Job Dino....



Cheers...

11

I find the original Countach so much better looking that the later Spandex and Shoulder Pad version.



And I'm pretty sure that camera is under the right wing mirror, not the left.

12

I love those cars, and tt will forever be one the iconic cars of my childhood. But after seeing one in person and getting to sit in the driver seat, yeah F that noise. They are so uncomfortable/awkard to get in and out of. The exhaust note tho, I will never get tired of hearing!

13

Dino, how dare you have such a job like this?? All of us envy you for having such a chance to shoot and probably to drive cool cars!



Nice write up as usual, and thanks for the cover, felt that details of this car have been well put together!

14

shit....jap dun even know wt's orignal!! fxxk the screen

15

nice but i wish it was that black Countach from The Cannaball Run the LP S Quattrovalle

16

I don't think that's no ordinary 25th Anniversary Countach ...If that's in Japan and the windscreen does read "T Akumi" then you've bumped into the rather rare Wolf Countach

17

I'm speechless. Man... I just LOVE this car. Need For Speed III was guilty for that too.



Dino. Desktops. Now... please? :P

18

I hate how you say "allow me to stretch the legs of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera I had been given for the weekend and to hunt down some cool Japanese vintage rides" so nonchalantly, Arg the jealousy burns! haha Nice work, love the pics

19

The right side mirror camera is also there because it is a left hand drive in a right hand drive environment. It's nice to see it on a vehicle at such caliber which only means the owner do enjoy it on real street in Japan.

20

the lambo countach is truly a mechanical modern art masterpiece i salute the designers who designed it the engineers who built it ferrucio lmborghini himself would be proud

21

wtf Speedhunters made a good article for once? I am shocked, almost too shocked for words.

22

I want one of thse sooooooooooo much

23

One of my favorite vehicles of all time.. and yes, I was on that did have a poster of this exact car on my wall as a child. Personally, I do prefer the 5000S QVI over the 25th anniversary though.. mostly because the 5000S QVI had fuel injection (which I thaught since it was newer, that the 25th Ann. did as well but by the looks of the picture up above... not all did because all I see are carbs), had a better power to weight ratio (same horsepower but less weight), and was less junky looking because this was before the "in your face" ground effects. Eitherway.. no matter what Countach (or Lamborghini for that matter) it is, its an incredible work of art. Better looking then the Ferrari Testarossa anyday.

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You have to admire a car that is cooler than most sportscars, even when hauled away on a flatbed.



25

Awesome write-up Dino, and equally awesome pics man! I was one of those kids that was Countach obsessed!! Had a spoilerless black one w/bronze rims on my wall during most of my childhood! I had a white racing RC one with working lights (cant remember where it went), and had some hotwheels of it. I remember this car, the Diablo, and the F50 being my most favorite cars back then... The F40 was aight, haha..

26

I'm always fascinated by the shape of the wheel wells on the Countach!

27

...still look like a dream =D

28

woww....i realy like it!

29

woww....i realy like it!

30
David Fernandez

this car is rare  lot of money

31
DavidSchnabel

The owner is still enjoying his Countach.  I shot this yesterday in Edogawa, Tokyo.

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