The Countach That Defined Italy’s Supercar Obsession

Apr 29, 2019

Category: Rides

Lamborghini has been at the forefront of the high-end automotive industry for well over 50 years, and with more than a handful of legendary supercars under its belt, there’s no denying the company’s prestigious lineage. Above all else, the iconic 1970s Countach served to etch the brand’s name into the history of prolific automotive coachbuilders — and now, one of the platform’s rarest examples has just emerged.

The 1975 Amaranto-hued Lamborghini Countach LP400 you’re seeing now is one of only 150 early-style “Periscopio” models, and the 45th example to ever be built. As the proposed V12 platform to replace the manufacturer’s prestigious Miura (and to compete with Ferrari’s impending offerings), the Countach was devised by master chassis engineer, Paolo Stanzani. To rectify long-standing issues that the company had faced with the flagship vehicle’s handling, the once transverse mid-engine orientation was revised — resulting in a new, longitudinal layout. A trapezoidal body, aggressive wedge-like design, and unique scissor doors adorn the vehicle’s exterior. This specific example was distributed to Prince Bandar Bin Saud of Saudi Arabia in 1975 and features an adjustable Koni suspension and sports exhaust system, which were included at the Royal Family’s request. After its tenure overseas, the car would join the California-based collection of the American physician, Dr. Tony Bennett. Between both owners, it would amass only 8,600 miles from its factory delivery, and to this day, remains impeccably kept. Now, the vehicle is scheduled for sale via Hyman Ltd. for $1,225,000.

Purchase: $1,225,000

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