Lamborghini Contach

Lamborghini Countach 5000QV (1985-1990)

The poster car for two decades was every young boys dream when it came to owning a Supercar. The Lamborghini Countach was originally launched way back in 1974 and hadn’t changed much in 11 years when it comes to looks. Then it still looks spectacular today. This Bertone beast not only looked the part it gained more power until in 1985 the 3.9 V12 had increased to 5.2 V12 with a massive 455bhp. This made it the fastest Countach ever produced at the time.

In it’s forth evolution Lamborghini produced the Countach 5000QV or Quattrovalvole in Italian. With its four valves per cylinder head the purpose of this machine was simple. To go faster than the Ferrari Testarossa. This was achieved by Lamborghini but at a cost. Carburettors where moved from the sides of the car to the top of the engine to improve air intake. This however made it impossible to see through the rear view mirror.

Lamborghini built an iconic supercar launched in 1974 and continued to improve the model until the late eighties. These constant tweeks kept the Countach alive. Making it Lamborghinis longest lived car to date and it still out performs most modern pretenders.

Buyers Guide

Believe it or not your Lamborghini Countach 5000QV will not be perfect. It may look it but many problems can occur that will need close inspection. Even a car as exotic as the Lambo can offer the same problems as an everyday classic.

Look out for rust. Unless the car has been stored properly it will show signs of corrosion. Front wings can go and the body kit can disguise problem areas. Many Lamborghini Countach owners have probably had a prang in their pride and joy so look out for bad repair work. Uneven shut lines are a giveaway so delve into the cars history.

Chassis corrosion can also be an issue so check it’s spaceframe for signs of rust. The V12 is strong and reliable if looked after properly. Specialist care is required to maintain the Quattrovalvole. Check the service history to ensure regularity, making certain valve clearance has been adjusted. It’s a big job that can be overlooked by less reputable service providers.

Oil will need changing every 6000 miles and has to be the high quality semi-synthetic variety. A Lamborghini Countach should not burn oil and if it does an engine rebuild comes at a price. Any oil leaks around sills is probably coming from the lubricant pipes that run from the radiator back to the engine as they do wear out with age.

The gearbox is tough but listen out for worn gears and rumbling bearings. Make sure it’s good as a rebuild is £10,000. Clutches will last up to 40,000 miles and replacements are an engine out job. Rear suspension is complicated and needs to be in good working order. Brakes are straight forward but do check the rear discs and handbrakes have separate callipers that are prone to seizing.

Interiors are small but not cramped with everything in the right place. Air con is essential if you don’t want roast in hot weather so make sure it works well. Seats can be re-trimmed if required.

Lamborghini Contach

Specification

Years Produced1985 - 1990
Performance0 - 60mph 4.8sec / Top Speed - 182mph
Power & Torque455bhp / 369Ib ft
Engine5167cc V12 / 48 valves
Drive-trainMid engine RWD
TransmissionFive speed manual
Weight1490kg

Valuation

 Launch201020112012201320142015
ConcourseN/A£150,000£200,000£250,000£300,000£350,000£400,000
Excellent£80,000£120,000£150,000£175,000£200,000£250,000
Good£60,000£80,000£100,000£120,000£150,000£200,000
Fair£40,000£50,000£60,000£75,000£85,000£100,000

Interesting Fact

The Lamborghini Countach became the first production car with vertically-opening scissor doors. Designer Gandini had used them on the concept Alfa Romeo Carabo a few years earlier. But no car had entered production with the doors until the Countach.

Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director Says:

“The Lamborghini Countach was every man’s iconic poster car as a boy. Today the design is over 40 years old and still looks futuristic. The 80’s introduced more power to this supercar giving it everything an Italian sports car should be. The question is who can handle the power?”

mark says

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