Lamborghini Countach Sells For Double the Estimate at Auction
Comfortable and practical are two traits that no Lamborghini Countach has ever possessed. It’s low, loud, rough around the edges, expensive and rudely attention-grabbing. That’s why people love it – and why a 1982 model of this classic car recently sold for a breath-taking £330,000. The Countach marked the rise of the modern Lamborghini supercar, and following its recent astronomical price tag, it is now firmly on the collector’s radar.
A £330,000 Price Tag
The car on every enthusiast’s lips right now is the Lamborghini Countach. An immaculate British version of the outrageously-designed supercar recently made double its estimate at auction. The vehicle, valued at a stunning £160,000 actually passed through the auction ring for £330,000.
Countachs are incredibly rare, with only 2,000 produced during the model’s sixteen year production lifespan, but never before they have commanded prices in a league with those of classic Ferraris.
The vehicle that attracted the price tag is an immaculate example of the early Eighties supercar. Sold for a third of a million pounds, the right-hand drive vehicle has led a pampered life. The 1982 Countach LP5000S has covered just 8,543 miles, and was in use for only eight years before being shut-up in style twenty-three years ago.
The astonishing sale was run by auction firm Historics. Speaking on it, director Edward Bridger-Stille commented: “Interest in the Lamborghini Countach has long been eclipsed by other marque sports cars but this emphatic result demonstrates that it’s now very much on the collector’s radar.”
The auction firm had estimated that the car would make £120,000-160,000, but bidding at the auction, in Brooklands Museum near Weybridge, Surrey, on 7th June 2014 quickly exceeded this figure, finally reaching £337,120. The auction company described the bidding war as a “gargantuan struggle”, as determined buyers fervently competed for the car.
The Lamborghini Countach
Is the classic that prompted this epic price war really worth its £330,000 price tag? The Lamborghini Countach is a curious car. One thing that must be said is that it’s not a vehicle for the shy and retiring. In eye-catching white, with dramatic scissor doors opening onto a matching white leather interior, the LP5000S is perhaps the most outrageous version of a car that has come to define the outrageous power, design and speed of supercars for a whole generation.
The LP5000S which sold at auction is an immaculate example of its type. As with all Countachs, from the 1974 launch onwards, it has the iconic NACA duct intakes, and extra air boxes on the rear deck to ensure that the impressive V12 engine is never in danger of overheating. By the time the LP5000S arrived in 1982, featuring a monstrous 4.8 litre engine, it had also gained a huge wing on the rear deck, as well as stunning extended wheel arches. In its heyday, its contemporary performance was utterly fearsome. The Countach boasted a top speed of 160mph, and could go from 0-62mp in just 5.4 seconds.
But like all Countachs, the LP5000S was tricky to drive, with off-set pedals and none existent rear vision. Reversing involved opening the scissor doors and leaning over the sill to get a clearer view behind.
Yet the Countach has an indefatigable appeal. It possesses a sleek, futuristic beauty, an outrageous look-at-me attitude and a thrilling power. In the end, it has everything that we want from a supercar. Impracticality is no deterrent – if anything, the sheer ridiculousness of owning a car better suited to the race track than the roads only adds to its appeal.
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