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Coachwork by Bertone
M. Glenn, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (acquired new in 1987)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Lamborghini used the 1985 Geneva Motor Show to introduce its latest update to the Countach, one of the most celebrated supercars in automotive history. Engine displacement was once again increased, this time to nearly 5.2 liters, while each of the 12 cylinders was improved with four-valve induction. The new configuration prompted the model’s designation Quattrovalvole, or QV. Cars specified for the US market were equipped with Bosch fuel injection, a specially engineered version of the K-Jetronic unit.
These upgrades combined to develop 420 hp, giving the 5000 QV more than enough muscle to remain competitive within the premium supercar niche. Approximately 610 examples of the 5000 QV were manufactured before the model was superseded by the 25th Anniversary Edition Countach in 1988. Aesthetically defined by angular scoops and boxy intakes, the 5000 QV remains the mechanical apogee of the Countach evolution, the definitive 1980s supercar.
This handsome mid-production 5000 QV has enjoyed the care of just one owner through the majority of its existence, from 1987 to 2014. Reportedly purchased new in Canada, Mr. M. Glenn relocated this US-specification Countach to Florida in 1996, presumably due to either a change of residence or a summer home. From that point, the awe-inspiring supercar enjoyed the warmth of the Florida climate and was treated to routine maintenance.
Since acquisition by the current owner, this highly original Lamborghini has been treated to a full service. Furthermore, the consignor chose to remove the controversial American-specification rubber bumpers in favor of European-style bumpers, which preserve the presentation of Marcello Gandini’s celebrated design. The American bumpers have been retained with the car for the owner who might want to reinstall them for utmost authenticity.
This Lamborghini is also noteworthy for being one of the few 5000 QV examples optioned without a rear spoiler wing, and it is very possible that the car is the only wingless car finished in the Pearl White over Ivory leather. Reported by the consignor to run in “as-new” condition at the time of cataloguing, this striking Lamborghini is accompanied by books and tools, recent service records, and its US-market bumpers. It is a statement in 1980s supercar excess, a rare and arresting example of the zenith of the mighty Countach.