1989 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 25e anniversaire ex Gerhard Berger

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1989 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 25e anniversaire ex Gerhard Berger

French registration title


Mythical supercar, sacred monster of the 1980s, unique radical look

Design by Horacio Pagani, chassis revised by Sandro Munari

5.2 litre V12 engine with 455 hp

Last hand-built Lamborghini

The best Countach ever

Only 650 built

Bought new by F1 driver Gerhard Berger

Second hand, just over 40,000km, fully documented history and maintenance


1971 Geneva Motor Show: Lamborghini presents the LP500 concept car, referring to the longitudinal rear position (Longitudinale Posteriore) of the 5-litre V12 engine borrowed from the Miura. With its taut, sharp profile, this styling study should attract the press and improve the image of the bull brand, after the Jarama, which was judged - well - too wise. It was a success, as the car that was supposed to be a showroom prototype was so successful that it was included in the 1974 catalogue as the LP 400, with a 4 litre V12 engine offering 375 hp. The bodywork was designed by Marcello Gandini for Bertone, and the name Countach, an exclamatory expression of Piedmontese slang meaning “Fabulous”, is said to have come from Nuccio Bertone’s own reaction when he saw the first car on the road... With its tubular chassis and elytra doors, the Lamborghini supercar attracts both technology and style lovers. The car evolves according to its low sales: LP 400 S in 1978 (more aggres - sive line, optional spoiler, engine deflated to 355 hp), LP 500 S in 1982 (modernised line, 4.7 l V12 with 375 hp) and LP 5000 QV in 1985 (Quattro Valvole 4.2 l engine, i.e. 48 valves - ,and... 455 hp). To celebrate the 25th anni - versary of the brand, Lamborghini presents in 1988, on the occasion of the Monza F1 Grand Prix, the 25 Anniversaro, a 5000 QV in the era of time, with some very “American” stylistic appendages (US homologated bumpers). This last Countach was produced until 1990 in 650 units. The 25th Anniversary is the culmination of the lineage, with subtle aesthetic and technical improvements. Horacio Pagani, who currently works for Lamborghini, modified the air intakes to allow better cooling of the carbon disc brakes, the side skirts to optimise air flow to the engine radiators, and opted for beautiful removable aluminium OZ wheels. With electric seats and windows and improved air-condi - tioning, comfort was also a big step forward.  

In 1989, Gerhard Berger, 3rd in the 1988 F1 World Championship (and winner of the Italian Grand Prix a few days after the death of the Commendatore), was still driving a Ferrari. But the red car was behind Mc-Laren-Honda, and after a spectacular accident and victory at the Imola Grand Prix, he announced his move to Mc-Laren. It was at exactly this time, with three Grand Prix remaining with Ferrari, that he placed an order for his Lamborghini Countach (he had already owned a 5000 QV before joining the Scuderia in 1987). The important file that accompanies the car includes the purchase invoice for the car in the name of the famous F1 driver and another invoice in his name for the fitting of an alarm. The service booklet is stamped for a service in 1990, when the car had a total of 2,183 km. The car was subsequently purchased by its current owner in the summer of 2002, with 11,000 km on the clock. It was then regularly serviced, notably by the Lyon-based specialist Calderoni (numerous invoices attached to the file, and technical inspections since 2002). We also note that the car suffered a traffic accident in 2016, which resulted in the replacement of  the rims and the right side skirt and work to the tune of €40,000. We offer you the opportunity to acquire one of the most mythical supercars of the 1990’s, in an amazingly good condition and having been owned for more than 10 years by one of the best F1 drivers, teammate of Senna, Mansell and Alesi, and 3rd in the World Championship in 1988 and 1994... A unique opportunity to combine myth and first class pedigree!

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