The 1980’s were boom-time for supercars, with three contenders for space on a schoolboy’s bedroom wall poster. The Porsche 911 Turbo, with it’s meaty wide wheel arches and massive rear tea-tray spoiler; the svelte, pretty Ferrari Boxer, a design classic that influenced Maranello products for years to come; and, perhaps the daddy of them all, the magnificent, mad and utterly outrageous Lamborghini Countach, a genuine kick in the face of a car if ever there was one.
Development of the Countach had begun in the early 1970’s, when a replacement was sought for the very beautiful, ground-breaking Lamborghini Miura – now acknowledged as the world’s first true supercar – and letting the great Marcello Gandini loose with a pencil and drawing board, and free reign, heralded one of the most astonishing cars of all time, one that still astonishes all these years later. Indeed, the name itself – Countach – is a corruption of a local dialect word that means, to put it simply, ‘wow!’.
The Countach we have here is a quite remarkable example. It’s a 1983 LP5000s – a very rare model in right hand drive, being one of only 23 examples made by the factory – and is finished in stunning black with a very 80’s contrasting cream hide interior. To say it looks incredible is to understate the fact. It wears the optional rear wing or spoiler – one of only two available options, bizarrely, the other being the Alpine stereo system that this one also has – and is in stunning condition.
What is even more remarkable is that this Lamborghini Countach has been in the same ownership since it was bought new in 1983, and has covered just 5000miles. It comes with a full service history – and a large file containing previous MOT sheets, tax discs and all service invoices – and still has its original handbook, took kit, factory spare wheel and spare keys – this is the complete Countach in every way, and one not to be missed.
For sale with Kaaimann’s International, of Nottingham, this magnificent Lamborghini still has the original stickers on the wheels and mirrors, and still looks like nothing else on the road. Priced at a touch less than £450,000 it really has to be an excellent investment opportunity for a discerning collector – or we’d love to see it used for what it was made for: driving.
Lamborghini Countach LP5000S Gallery
This car is available at Kaaimans