1986 Lamborghini Countach QV5000


Lamborghini’s third major Countach revision came in March of 1985 at the Geneva Motor Show. The model was named after its new cylinder head which featured four valved per cylinder and it was known either as the Quattrovalvole or QV. Unfortunately, the QV was a different beast in America and Europe. Emissions and safety regulations meant that the American-spec cars got a hideous rubber bumpers that spoiled Marcello Gandini’s original Countach lines more than anything else. Furthermore, the engine used a Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection that sapped around 35 bhp from the standard Weber setup.

The European QV was much more in line with the step wise evolution of the Countach. The rocker panels incorporated new staked ducts for the rear brakes and the engine cover was new with a buldge to clear the Weber carburettors.

The 1985 US model had a base price close to $100,000. Only two optional extras were available: a $5,500 aerodynamic spoiler and a $7,500 sound system. As for other markets, 1987 and 1988 model Quattrovalvoles received straked sideskirts. 610 cars were built.

This example was delivered new in London to Portman Lamborghini in 1986 on UK export plates and was imported to Adelaide in November 1988 as animmigration car. During its time it has lived in Adelaide, Darwin and Alice Springs before settling with its current owner in Melbourne.

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