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This 1988 Lamborghini Countach Has Been Driven Only 8,500 Miles

Legendary test driver Valentino Balboni also signed one of its sun visors. Wicked.

For many, the Lamborghini Countach is the greatest supercar of all time. It’s hard to argue with that reasoning. Built from 1974 until 1990, the Countach received several updates throughout its long lifetime, but Lamborghini always kept its overall shape, engine, and exotic flavor fully intact. A number of variants were also introduced throughout the Countach’s evolution, such as the 5000 Quattrovalvole, one of which is up for auction next month at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast event.

Revealed in 1985, the Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole, or 5000 QV, featured some exterior updates as well as an engine improvement; the V12 was bored and stroked to 5167 cc and received four valves per cylinder, hence the name, Quattrovalvole. Lamborghini also relocated the carburetors from the sides to the top of the V12 to improve air flow, but eventually ditched the carburetors with fuel injection. Kevlar body panels were also added. For model years 1987 and 1988, 5000 QVs received straked side skirts, as is the case with the ’88 model up for auction. Painted in Fly Yellow with a white interior, the 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV was originally built to order for Joe Nastasi, a well-known engineering technician and collector.

Featuring a factory rear wing, it was restored less than 500 miles ago, and has only 8,500 original miles on the clock. The sale also includes full service records, tool kit and owner’s manual. As an added bonus, legendary Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni signed one of the two sun visors. For those who are interested, this sweet Countach does have a reserve, but a minimum price hasn’t been listed. Photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.

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