Countach’a można kochać lub nienawidzić, lecz nikomu kto go pozna nie jest obojętny. Podobnie jak Miura wyszedł spod ręki legendarnego Marcelo Gandiniego z Bertone Design, lecz hołdował całkowicie nowej modzie, wszelkie obłości zastępując kantami. Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio to pierwotna, stworzona w zaledwie 150 sztukach i najbardziej poszukiwana przez kolekcjonerów forma produkowanego przez 16 lat supersamochodu. Egzemplarz w niesamowitym, oryginalnym zestawieniu kolorystycznym Giallo Fly ze skórzanym wnętrzem w odcieniu tabaki, trafił właśnie na aukcję we włoskiej Villi Erba. Jego pierwszym właścicielem był książę Arabii Saudyjskiej Mansour Bin Mashal, a samochód stanowił zazwyczaj ozdobę garażu… jego przebieg to dziś mniej niż 6000 km. Ten wspaniały okaz wyceniony licytowany był bez ceny minimalnej i sprzedany został za 817,6 tys. euro, czyli około 3,42 mln złotych.
27 May 2017
1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 'Periscopio’ by Bertone
Chassis no. 1120062
Engine no. 1120066
€900.000 – €1.100.000
Sold for €817.600
To be auctioned on Saturday, May 27, 2017
One of only 150 LP400 ‘Periscopios’ constructed
Supplied new to Prince Mansour Bin Mashal of Saudi Arabia
Presented in its original colour scheme
Less than 6,000 kilometres from new
Surprisingly from the same drawing board as the svelte Miura—that of the legendary Marcelo Gandini of Bertone Design—the angular appearance and proliferation of trapezoidal panels on Lamborghini’s newest supercar, the Countach, divided opinion and challenged convention in equal measure. Even the chassis numbering system was quirky; whilst the example offered here bears chassis number 62, it was actually only the 31st car made, due to Lamborghini’s aversion to using odd numbers for the LP400 sequence. In total, a mere 150 LP400 chassis are confirmed as having been completed, and they remain by far the purest and most desirable examples of the Countach breed.
This particular example left Sant’Agata Bolognese in March 1975 and was first registered on 1 June of that year to Prince Mansour Bin Mashal of Saudi Arabia. Originally delivered in the distinctive colour scheme of Giallo Fly with a tobacco leather interior, it was discovered by a renowned Italian car collector and restorer there in the 1980s, and was repatriated to Italy shortly thereafter.
A comprehensive rebuild was undertaken upon the car’s return, which included a complete overhaul of the engine, gearbox, brakes, running gear, and all ancillaries. In a quest for improved reliability and increased user friendliness, modifications were made to the cooling system, including the fitment of later-type cooling fans, although the originals were retained with the car for originality purposes. At the same time, the air conditioning system was upgraded to the later QV model specification, and both battery and alternator were uprated. The car was also refreshed with new black leather upholstery, although this has recently been superseded by a full re-trim in the correct tobacco leather, as per the original build.
Chassis number 1120062 was a notable participant in Lamborghini’s 40th anniversary celebrations, held in Rome in 2003, and has been the subject of numerous magazine articles since. It remains wonderfully preserved in its original colour scheme and is accompanied by Italian registration papers, ASI homologation, and a fully documented restoration file. Boasting only four owners from new and having covered a mere 6,000 kilometres, it is a lovely example of this ground-breaking design.