'True 1980s Supercar' the Lamborghini Countach cruises to $117,382

It's been a busy month for the classic cars markets on both sides of the pond, with UK sales at Historics at Brooklands, Bonhams, Coys and Barons and high profile US auctioneers liked RM Auctions, Leake and Mecum also getting in on the act.

If you're a regular reader, you'll be aware that we're big fans of the Lamborghini Miura here at Paul Fraser Collectibles - and it was the Miura's 1974 replacement, the Countach, which starred at Historics and Brooklands' sale.

Like the Miura the Countach blended a quad-cam V12 engine with futuristic Marcello Gandini styling. Perhaps its most famous feature is its 'Gull-wing' doors which open vertically.

The Countach appeared amid claims that it was the fastest production car in the world, and it became an instant legend almost overnight.

The car's external stylings were contrasted by the impracticalities inside, including windows that could only open a few inches and virtually nil rearward visibility. Car lovers embraced the Countach's shortcomings and quirks, which merely added to its mystique.

The Lamborghini Countach 1984 5000 S, sold for $117,382

In 1982 the Countach received a larger 5167cc V12 which developed more torque. As well as the new engine, the Countach LP 500 also received larger air-vents and an optional rear 'Wing' spoiler to boost the car's already ostentatious image.

This left-hand drive 1984 5000 S example is one of just 321 examples ever manufactured, and has covered a mere 12,800 miles from new. Finished in white with white leather interior, B602AHX has been with the vendor for many years and has been dry stored during his ownership.

According to Historics at Brooklands' lot notes, "over the last two months it has had extensive work to get it running and looking as it should."

Apparently, around £10,000 was spent on restoring the car at Lamborghini approved UK centres (HR Owen and Acton Coachworks, specifically). The bills were sold with the car in a provided history file, along with an MoT test certificate and original service booklet.

In the end, the "well presented Countach" consolidated its status as a true 1980s Supercar icon by rolling to a final price of £74,313.75 ($117,382).


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