Posted on: Feb 25, 2012
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Unique of the Week: 1989 Lamborghini Countach S


This unique Lamborghini Countach S has been signed by Valentino Balboni himself.
The Lamborghini Countach is one of our favorite cars of all time here at CarBuzz. Because most of us here grew up in the 1980s and 90s, the memory of the Countach is still quite active in our minds. Even though its successor, the Diablo, debuted in 1990, the Countach is the Lambo that still makes us say "Holy Sh*t.!" Conveniently, that's also a rough translation as to what the name 'Countach' means in Italian. Name aside, the Countach is the car that an endless number of supercar fans grew up loving.

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Produced from 1974 until 1990, a total of 2,042 were built. When it was first penned by famed stylist Marcello Gandini, he was still relatively new in the design world and wasn't very experienced in terms of practical automobile design. Fortunately, he could have cared less and he ended up designing one of the most famous and recognizable supercars ever. Along with its distinctive scissor doors, the Countach was powered by a longitudinally mid-mounted 4.0-liter V12 that was revised two more times throughout the car's lifetime. By 1985, the Countach LP500S was launched and it featured a revised V12, now bored and stroked to 5.2-liters.
This was the first time the car was built specifically for the US. Thanks to those ever so lovely US regulations, Lamborghini was forced to make some styling changes, specifically by enlarging the front and rear bumpers, which in turn sort of diminished the sleek wedge shape. Lamborghini also had to add a fuel injection system in place of the six carburetors. This reduced the US-spec model's power output to 420hp, instead of the Euro model's 455hp. Still, this was better than not bringing the car over at all. While we see plenty of Countach's for sale, usually in pristine condition, we just found an interesting one that's currently for sale on eBay.
This 1989 Countach S is not just the only factory painted "Muira Blue" model, but it's also the last non 25th anniversary model produced. And to top it all off, legendary Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni signed the inside of the driver's visor. The current owner has all of the original paperwork proving its authenticity. Also according to the owner, the car was originally made for a prominent Lamborghini enthusiast, hence it received a few factory upgrades that gave it its 'S' designation. It only has 7,300 original miles and has been meticulously maintained with all gauges, lights, and instruments in perfect working order.
In addition, the original spare tire and owner's manual are included. To give an idea as to how well it's been maintained, all 12 shocks and springs have been replaced, thus avoiding the typical "Countach sag" where the back of the car sits lower than the front due to the weight of the engine. The owner is asking a 'Buy it Now' price of $215,000, but it appears he's also taking offers. Any takers? Photos courtesy of keirmon

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