• Dec 15th 2011 at 3:30PM
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The Lamborghini Countach remains the Kleenex of supercars. Its bombastic wedgy shape was so overexposed in the 1980s, it's a wonder it didn't wind up in therapy. As the decade wore on, the Countach picked up more and more plastic surgery, but even so, mid-1980s examples have an unmatched blend of swagger and silliness. And if you're going for a car transported straight out of Tony Montana's seething dreams, don't you want to find the best one?

This black beauty offered for auction is a 1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole with just 1,200 miles on the odometer. Countach 5000 QVs benefitted from the car's characteristic V12 being bored and stroked to 5.2-liters, along with the addition of four valves per cylinder (hence the name).

U.S. market cars were unfortunately marred by federal bumpers, which this car also sports. Swing that scissor door up, and you suddenly forget about the silly appendages. Besides, the period-perfect gold phone-dial wheels and tan Connolly leather interior draw your eyes, and a little time with a socket wrench would net you a sleeker, bumperette-free silhouette, anyway.

Current bidding on eBay Motors sits at $130,000, which means this Countach is about the same price now as it was when it first left Sant'Agata – fitting for a car that presents as new as this one. Of course, the reserve price isn't met, so who knows what the seller is hoping to get out of the sale. While we might prefer the design purity (and comparative rarity) of earlier LP400 models, even Countach detractors have to step back and admire this car. It'd be hard to fight the urge to drive this thing everywhere – even milk runs would become an experience.


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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Growing up, this was the definition of "Supercar".
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, hello car of my teenage dreams. Awesome.
      montegod7ss
      • 3 Years Ago
      Personally I loved these. The biggest problem like you said can be solved in a few minutes with a socket. I don't know anybody around my age (early-mid 30s) that didn't lust over these and have posters of them on their walls. A Lamborghini poster and the Justification for Higher Education poster were almost requirements of my generation. I still like black cars with gold wheels, so I see nothing at all wrong with that. Let me hit the mega millions and I'll make this (one of) my everyday drivers.
        Brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @montegod7ss
        I remember that Justification for a Higher Education poster very well. Good times, good times. The Lamborghini Countach is my favorite supercar of all time and the one on E-Bay is definitely a looker, even with the bumpers.
      autoblogfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      That thing is pure sex on wheels! If Lamborghini would release it with modern internals & interior, I would be saving up my pennies now.
      Brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I had about $150,000 or so in the bank, I'd be driving to Clermont tomorrow. The Lamborghini Countach is my favorite supercar of all time and that one there is a beauty. I would have a terrible struggle going on in my head as to whether to drive the hell out of it or keep the miles off though since they are soooo low.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want, don't care about comfort, just want to stare at it all day.
      stecki3d
      • 3 Years Ago
      $130,00 in 1987 adjusted for inflation is $259,108.54 in today's US dollar btw... beautiful car though...
      Mel @ aWingThing.COm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gorgeous.
      MJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the ultimate expression of bad a$$, circa 1987.
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any of these before the nasty Testarossa strakes is worth a look.
      Slartibartfast
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember that Bo Derek poster from 10?
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      My favorite Lamborghini...my favorite European car of all time.
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