Sunday, June 8, 2014

UPDATED: 2 x 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopica (Bonhams)

UPDATE June 27,2014:  A second very similar car crossed the block at Goodwood and fetched an additional $500k to the final price - another record.  These are notable cars, I think particularly in terms of their place in the birth of 12cyl supercars.  And in my view, these earlier cars are aesthetically more pleasing.

Lot 337 - Goodwood Auction, June 27, 2014
Registration no. BVU 985N Chassis no. 1120070 Engine no. 1120068
Sold for £953,500 (CA$ 1,735,652) inc. premium


Lot 388
1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 'Periscopica'
Chassis no. 1120066
Engine no. 1120070
Sold for US$ 1,210,000 (CA$ 1,321,757) inc. premium
Single owner since 1978, fewer than 16,500km from new
3,929cc DOHC V12 Engine
Six Weber Carburetors
375bhp at 8,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Exceptionally well presented 'Periscopica' Countach
*Same owner since 1978 and just under 16,500 kilometers from new
*Presented in the original color combination
*One of just 150 built
*A beautifully preserved, unrestored example

The exceptional example of Lamborghini's original LP400 'Periscopica' Countach offered here, chassis no. 1120066, was produced in the model's second production year, 1975. The car was finished by the factory as seen today, in Blu Tahiti over a Naturale (light tan) leather. As all LP400's, 1120066 was fitted with a kilometers per hour speedometer and Celsius temperature gauges. Interestingly, the car is fitted with engine 1120070 (engine 1120066 resides in chassis no. 1120062). According to Lamborghini authority Valentino Balboni, it was not uncommon that technical issues, such as delays on the dynamometer or, most often, delivery urgencies, would result in the first available engine being selected and installed—but no corresponding correction would be made to the already installed serial number plate. As such, according to Balboni, there are "known reasons to consider engine number 1120070 [as] originally fitted by the manufacturer in chassis 1120066." The fact that the car has never been separated from its engine in the 36 years that it has been in the care of the present owner further corroborate this.

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