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Coachwork by Bertone
Original Owner, Beverly Hills, California (acquired new circa 1987)Richard Fankhanel, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (acquired from the above in 1991)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
At the 1985 Geneva Auto Show, Lamborghini introduced the latest iteration of the celebrated Countach, evidencing the gradual evolution of one of the all-time great supercars. With engine displacement increased to nearly 5.2 liters, the Sant’Agata V-12 developed 420 hp, aided by a new head featuring four valves per cylinder. Officially known as the Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole, the new model was dubbed the 5000 QV for short.
The latest Countach was also redesigned with pronounced aerodynamic elements, including bulging intake vents and engine cover that aesthetically complemented the cast aluminum Ozzeta Electron wheels and huge rear spoiler carried over from the prior iteration. With such dramatic exterior styling and powerful mechanical systems, the 5000 QV was instantly one of the era’s most dynamic supercars, as this splendid low-mileage example showcases.
Chassis 12123 was built in March 1987 and specified for the US market, equipped with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection. Finished in Rosso Siviglia (Seville red) paint and trimmed with a Senape (Mustard) leather interior, the Countach was delivered to Lamborghini East in New York, the distributorship founded by ex-Modena Sports Cars mechanic Joe Nastasi.
Originally delivered to a customer in Beverly Hills, California, the 5000 QV, then displaying just 5,820 km, was sold in 1991 to Richard Fankhanel of Pennsylvania. As the proprietor of a dealership called The Car Barn, Mr. Fankhanel recognized the merits of the fine Lamborghini, and he retained possession for 25 years while driving the car only sparingly. As suggested by a CARFAX report, the Lamborghini was serviced at Meadowlands Car Imports of Kearny, New Jersey, and when it was inspected in August 2010, the odometer displayed only 6,270 km.
Believed by the consignor to retain its original paint and interior finishes, and abounding in numerous factory details like identification decals, plaques, etched glass, and zinc plating, this 5000 QV features its manufacturer-equipped Pirelli P7R tires, and a period Alpine audio system. Displaying 10,450 km (6,489 miles) at the time of cataloguing, this exceptionally original Countach underwent a thorough servicing and mechanical tune-up in early 2017, and was detailed for concours-level presentation.
As a future candidate for preservation-class display, this well-maintained example of one of Lamborghini’s most important models is accompanied by an owner’s manual and warranty book in a proper leather folio, and a tool kit and jack. The time capsule quality 5000 QV would make a fantastic addition to any collection, and is a must-have for the dedicated supercar enthusiast or Lamborghini connoisseur.