If you are looking for a newer car, low mileage is a great attribute. But if you are in the market for a classic, attempting to find one that was parked when new can be a real headache. Everyone has heard of the old man that backs his car out of the garage every weekend. He gets her warmed up and waxed, and then it’s back into isolation. Believe it or not, this causes more harm to the drivetrain than leaving it motionless.
Without a few miles of city and a dash of highway, the engine, transmission and differential never get warm enough to boil condensation out of the system. Water vapor creates rust inside these critical and expensive parts, and leads to premature failure, despite their low mileage. When looking for a classic, make sure the odometer shows enough rotations to ensure the car has had its exercise.
This Countach is just such an example. What we have is a showroom new 25th anniversary model that has been lovingly cared for. Dividing the mileage by age gives us 713 miles per year, or around 60 miles per month. This means that the owner was smart enough to let her stretch her legs.
Earlier this year, I explained how important the Countach was to Lamborghini. (A brief history lesson) It brought a small Italian car builder into the mainstream, and made the raging bull part of pop culture. With a long production run beginning in 1974, it brought them into the modern age.
Italians take their time designing a new model, and by the late 1980s the Diablo was approaching its debut. In order to give the Countach a proper send off, Chief Engineer (and carbon fiber alchemist) Horacio Pagani designed a wild anniversary 25th anniversary model. It may look similar at a distance, but this rarefied and refined Countach shares only a few body parts with a standard production model.
He enlarged the cooling ducts and sculpted the curves of the body to channel air to the brakes and away from the floor pans. Titanic fender flares were added to the rear quarter panels in order to run a 345 mm wide rear tire. Still one of the widest tires in production, it allowed for a 0-60 run of 4.7 seconds. That’s lightning fast for 1989, and still incredible today.
This car is one of only 657 produced, and is a bold statement of Lamborghini’s power and Pagani’s brilliance. Like Derek Jeter, Countach went out on top, and gracefully handed the reins over to the next generation. If you want a collector car that is both a sound investment and in perfect running order, this Countach 25th Anniversary Edition for sale at Exotic Motors Midwest is for you.