Lot 387 - 1982 Lamborghini Countach LP400S
|Odometer reading||13,642 km|
|Estimate||£110,000 - £145,000|
|Result||Sold - £337,120|
*Please note; The registration shown is NOT sold with the vehicle*
In 1974 Lamborghini replaced the groundbreaking Miura with the equally impressive Countach. Like the Miura, the Countach blended a quad-cam V12 engine with futuristic Marcello Gandini styling, this time incorporating its own unique 'scissor-wing' doors that opened vertically. The Countach became a legend almost overnight. Claims of it being the fastest production car in the world albeit with windows that could only open a few inches and virtually no rearward visibility just added to the mystique and 'poster-appeal' of the new Countach. In 1978 the Countach S received a larger, 5167cc, V12 engine which developed more torque. As well as the new engine, the Countach LP 500 also received wider tyres, modified suspension and an optional high-mounted wing. Extraordinary, even today.
One of only 321 examples manufactured, this righthand drive Lamborghini Countach was first registered on the 26th June, 1982 and has covered a mere 13,750 kilometres or 8,543 miles from new. Finished in white with a white leather interior, it has been with the vendor since 1984. Used infrequently, it was then delivered to professional dry storage on the 2nd January, 1991. Since then, not only has it been regularly started and 'conditioned', it has been regularly serviced and MoT'd by both Portman Lamborghini and Lamborghini London. Over the last two months, it has had a recent major service which has taken place at HR Owen, Lamborghini specialists in London, to the tune of over £4,500. This included the usual clutch system bleed, brake adjustments, fluids, filters and seals but also the replacements of all four brake calliper flexi-hoses. Complete with an MoT test certificate and original service booklet, this well presented Countach is a most usable example of a true 1980s Supercar icon.
The paintwork appears to be original with very few stone chips or blemishes. The engine is in good order and pulls well in all gears. The progress is straight and true with good progressive braking. In fact, the afternoon spent behind the wheel dispelled worries about many of the driving idiosyncrasies for which this model is known. It is a nimble car with a, once warmed through, precise gearbox. The view forward is excellent; and to the rear... yes, well, that is slightly limited. The exhaust note; a mixture of opera and thrash metal. As you would expect.
The interior is in fine condition with the leather showing very light use and in good order throughout. A 'period' alarm key-pad system has been added but this only enhances the 1980's time-warp feel of this fabulous example. Both hydraulic doors function well and extend to their limit without fuss.
It is in superb condition throughout and represents the most collectable incarnation of this most striking of supercars in the best colours with low mileage and few owners.
Sell the family home, this is a must.
INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD NOTE THAT A SUBSTANTIAL HISTORY FILE HAS BEEN DELIVERED AFTER CATALOGUE PUBLICATION DETAILING THE HISTORY OF THIS CAR FROM THE 1980'S. IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THERE WAS AN ISSUE WITH WATER INGRESS TO THE ENGINE IN 1986. IT WAS REPAIRED BY PORTMAN LAMBORGHINI THAT SAME YEAR. GENERAL SERVICING TOOK PLACE UNTIL 1990 WHEN A LOW-SPEED INCIDENT OCCURRED. THE NEARSIDE FRONT CORNER REQUIRED WORK TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT £5,000. THIS, AGAIN, WAS UNDERTAKEN BY PORTMAN LAMBORGHINI. BETWEEN THEN AND NOW, VARIOUS SUNDRY ITEMS HAVE BEEN REPLACED COMMENSURATE WITH ITS AGE SUCH AS CALLIPERS AND EXHAUSTS WITH ALL WORKS AND SERVICING UNDERTAKEN BY PORTMAN LAMBORGHINI. A FULL AND COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY FILE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.