Pick of the Day: 1988 Lamborghini Countach, the original supercar icon

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Of all the supercars of the 1980s, the one that had the most posters hung on the bedroom walls of more teenagers, even more than those of Cindy Crawford, was the Lamborghini Countach.

The mid-engine Countach made its debut at the 1971 Geneva Motorshow, exactly 10 years after the Jaguar E-Type was revealed. This illustrated how much car design had changed during that period, but also how a truly great design will still seem current more than a decade later.

A half century after that, the Countach seems like it was created yesterday, looking as fresh today as it did in 1971. This has everything to do with the stellar design work by Marcello Gandini of Bertone design.

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The Pick of the Day is the stuff dreams are made of, a 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole finished in Black with a tan leather interior.

The Kelowna, British Columbia, dealer advertising this iconic supercar on ClassicCars.com describes it as fully serviced, smooth running and with no history of accidents. The Countach includes its original manuals, original tool kit and service records. The odometer shows just under 21,000 miles.

Over the past decade, the Countach has received increased attention from collectors due to its history, styling and strong performance. Most collectors also consider the QV Countach, like this one is, to be the best model built. Combine that with a production of only 610 total cars built between 1985 and 1988, and you have a rare and special car.

There are a few things to keep in mind, though, regarding this dream car. If you are taller than 5-foot-10, there is no way you will fit. Also, the windows roll down only 3 inches and with a marginal AC system, the car can get quite toasty inside during the warmer months.

There is zero rearward visibility and the side mirrors only give you a good look at the sides of the car instead of surrounding traffic. The clutch is heavier than any car I have ever driven, making the Countach less that fun in stop-and-go traffic, and is equaled only by the high steering effort at low speeds, which will build up your arms better than a Bowflex home gym.

Now for the plusses. The Countach 5000 QV is powered by a 5.2-liter, 48-valve V12 engine that delivers 420 horsepower. This thrusts the Countach from zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed somewhere north of 180 mph. These are strong numbers today and were absolutely mind boggling in the ‘80s.

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So, if you love supercars, had a poster of one on your bedroom wall while in the 9th grade, and you want an example of the first car ever dubbed a supercar, this Countach has an asking price of $350,992, making it among the best values for one of these dream cars currently on the market.

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