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*Please note that the first three characters of the VIN were misprinted in the catalogue. The VIN should begin ZA9, not Z9A.
Concorso d’Eleganza at Le Belle Macchine d’Italia, Skytop, Pennsylvania, June 2009Stony Brook University Concorso d’Eleganza, Stony Brook, New York, September 2013Americana Manhasset Concours d’Elegance, Manhasset, New York, October 2013Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, Greenwich, Connecticut, June 2014
Lamborghini undertook further updates to their groundbreaking Countach supercar in 1982, supplementing the performance and expressive aesthetics of the legendary model. The exotic four-cam V-12 was enlarged to displace 4.8 liters, increasing power to nearly 370 hp in the European examples, which continued to be equipped with six Weber carburetors. As per American emission regulations of the era, US-market cars received Bosch fuel injection that dulled the mighty Lamborghini’s power by 20 hp, making European versions far more desirable.
In addition to its motor upgrades the updated Countach received wider tires, accommodated by new 15"x8.5" cast-aluminum Ozzeta electron wheels that were covered with exuberantly fared arches. A rear spoiler wing was also available as a $5,500 option, punctuating the dynamic exterior styling and gluing the car to the asphalt at speed. Just 321 examples of the 5000S were manufactured through 1985 before the engine was replaced with a redesigned powerplant. Longtime Car and Driver editor Patrick Bedard perfectly summarized the 5000S in his December 1983 review when he wrote, “This car was made for shattering sensibilities.”
This rare Countach 5000S is a remarkably original example with European specifications. Equipped with Weber carburetors and instruments in kilometers, and featuring the slimmer European-specified bumpers, this car was completed for the overseas market and likely remained there throughout the 1980s.
American DMV records for the 5000S commence in Georgia in 1992, and by 2004 the Countach passed into the care of a dedicated marque enthusiast residing in Long Island, New York.
The well-maintained Lamborghini has been presented at several East Coast concours d’elegance, including the 2009 Le Belle Macchine, with major awards received at the 2013 Americana Manhasset Concours d’Elegance, the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence and Beauty at Stony Brook University, and the 2014 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. The Countach has also been autographed by the legendary factory test driver Valentino Balboni and is accompanied by a framed photo of the signing.
Currently displaying approximately 38,500 km (24,000 miles), this heart-racing Italian speed demon appears striking in its black and gold livery, with original beige leather upholstery. The 5000S presents in lovely condition throughout and offers its next caretaker the unmistakably vicious performance of one of the world’s most influential supercars. It is a rolling legend that continues to inspire dreams of the exotic and unattainable, and will delight sports car enthusiasts who demand the ultimate in Italian excellence.