Lamborghini – Countach LP5000S Quattrovalvole (1987)
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- Timothy Thompson (US)
Class GBreaking the Speed Barrier: Pioneers that chased the magic 300 kph
Absolutely astonishing that even at the tail-end of the 1980s, Lamborghini was still blowing minds with the radical, sharply-angled wedge shape that originally went into production in 1974. The successful futuristic design penned by the Bertone stylist Marcello Gandini is today still regarded as an unsurpassed beacon of the modern era. The Countach series achieved its apogee in 1985 with capacity increased to almost 5.2 litres and four valves per cylinder head – in other words, a total of 48 valves in all!
Its impetuous character was forged by six powerful Weber downdraught carburettors. Indeed, Lamborghini had to modify the engine bonnet to accommodate them, as shown by this vehicle. The series was now even available in the United States, although there it was fitted with fuel injection. Lamborghini produced more than 600 units of the LP5000S Quattrovalvole and the top speed of 300 km/h propelled it to the position of fastest production automobile of its time. Only two cars in this series were factory-finished in Tahiti Blue. Following a full-blown restoration, this Countach will make its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.