No Reserve: 8k-Kilometer 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV
- Chassis: ZA9CA05A0JLA12377
- 8k Kilometers (~5k Miles) Shown
- 5.2-Liter Quad-Cam V12
- Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
- Five-Speed Manual Transmission
- Limited-Slip Differential
- Black Paint
- Black Leather Upholstery
- Gold-Painted, Staggered-Width 15" OZ Wheels
- Rear Wing
- European-Market Front Bumper
- Modified Exhaust
- Nakamichi Radio
- Servo-Assisted Ventilated Disc Brakes
- Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
- Removed Parts & Tires
- Original Sales Invoice & Window Sticker
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This 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV is one of approximately 610 examples of the Quattrovalvole variant produced and was ordered new from the Sports Car Exchange in Dearborn, Michigan, before being delivered to its first owner on July 16, 1988. The original owner retained the car on its manufacturer’s certificate of origin for 17 years before it was titled in the mid-2000s and passed to his wife, who in turn gifted it to their son in 2012. It was then acquired by the seller in 2022 from the son of the original owner. Finished in black over black leather, the car is powered by a fuel-injected 5.2L quad-cam V12 mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Additional equipment includes a limited-slip differential, servo-assisted ventilated disc brakes, independent suspension with quad rear coilovers, staggered-width 15” OZ wheels finished in gold, a European-market front bumper, a V-shaped rear wing, a custom exhaust absent of catalysts, and a Nakamichi cassette stereo. This 5000 QV shows 8k kilometers (~5k miles) and is now offered at no reserve in Beverly Hills, California, with original purchase documents, owners books, invoices since new, a tool kit, a fitted car cover, removed parts, and a clean Arizona title in the seller’s name.
Introduced in prototype form in 1971, the Countach entered production in 1974 with wedged-shaped aluminum bodywork styled by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini wrapped over a tubular steel spaceframe. Design features included scissor doors, NACA ducts blended from the doors to the quarter panels, and air boxes protruding from the sail panels, while Kevlar front and rear deck lids debuted with the 5000 QV variant in 1985. Straked brake vents were also integrated into the rocker panels of US-market QVs.
This example is finished in black, and closeups of the finish, trim, lenses, and glass etchings are shown up close in the photo gallery below. A rear wing was included as a factory option, while a European-specification front bumper was installed prior to the car’s delivery to its first owner. The removed US-market bumper is included in the sale along with two rear bumpers that were also removed from the outer positions on the rear of the car. The exterior was cleaned and polished by Doctor Detail in Costa Mesa, California in preparation for sale.
Gold-painted OZ alloy wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Asimmetrico tires measuring 225/50ZR15 up front and 345/35ZR15 at the rear that were installed in 2011. A compact spare wrapped in Michelin rubber resides in the front compartment. Stopping is handled by servo-assisted ventilated disc brakes with gold-painted calipers, and a fluid flush was performed in November 2021.
The cabin is trimmed in black leather over the fixed-back bucket seats, door panels, console, sills, and dash, while charcoal carpeting is covered by black floor mats accented by yellow “snorting bull” logos. Features include electronic climate control, power locks, a gated shifter, and a Nakamichi stereo, the latter of which was installed by the original dealer prior to delivery. The air-conditioning system was recharged with HFC-134a in November 2021, at which time the door struts were replaced.
The leather-wrapped Raid steering wheel frames a 320-km/h speedometer, a tachometer with a 7,500-rpm redline, and gauges monitoring voltage, oil temperature, oil pressure, coolant temperature, and fuel level. The six-digit odometer shows 8k kilometers (~5k miles), a few of which have been added by the seller.
Designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, the 5.2-liter V12 incorporates an aluminum block with a 60° angle between cylinder banks, aluminum cylinder heads, dual overhead camshafts on each bank, four valves per cylinder, and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. Service performed by North Coast Exotics in Cleveland, Ohio, in November 2021 included a rebuild of the water pump, fluid changes, a tune-up, and replacement of the fuel accumulators, spark plugs, and one plug wire.
Power is sent to the rear wheels by an all-synchromesh five-speed manual transmission mounted forward of the engine along with a limited-slip differential mounted behind the engine. The clutch slave cylinder was replaced in 2012, at which time the axle boots were replaced. The exhaust system was modified prior to delivery to its first owner with stainless-steel open pipes installed in lieu of the catalytic converters, which are included in the sale. The car cannot pass a California emissions test.
The original sales invoice lists the paint and interior colors as well as the gold wheels, rear wing, and dealer-added options including the European front bumper, Nakamichi radio, and modified exhaust. Also listed are the July 16, 1988, delivery date and a total delivered price of $118k. Shown in the gallery below are the car’s window sticker, certificate of origin, order documents, and invoices dating from 1988 to 2021 as well as a description of the car’s history from the previous owner.
Included in the sale is a set of Pirelli P7 tires that are said to have been removed from the car early in its life and since retained in storage as well as the removed US-market bumpers, catalytic converters, and a Magneti Marelli injection control unit.
The Carfax report is free of accidents and lists entries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona beginning in 2005. A mileage inconsistency is shown in May 2022, and the seller attributes this to a clerical error.