Auction Block: 1985 Lamborghini Countach QV ‘Downdraft’

The history of automaking is inundated with great designs; some commanding far more respect than others. It’s no secret that Lamborghini’s transcendental Countach is one such example, thanks to its immaculate sculpting, once-futuristic appeal, and inane performance capabilities. Now, the 1985 QV “Downdraft” — a unicorn of the Countach world — has been listed for auction at an upcoming Russo And Steele event.

The 1985 Lamborghini Countach QV “Downdraft” in question is a beautifully-kept variant owned and cared for by none other than Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye’s Chicken. Sure, it might seem a bit odd — but the V12 car more than makes up for it through its aesthetic prestige. The white/black model boasts one of the most mesmerizing exteriors we’ve seen on a vehicle in some time, helping to amplify its bright red upholstery and old-school dash layout. Beneath the hood, you’ll find six Weber downdraft carburetors that are exclusive to the Downdraft style, pushing the supercar’s lauded V12 output into the realm of 455 horsepower. To sweeten the deal, this QV is the recipient of a $300,000, period-correct restoration, and comes with its factory books/tools intact. Head to Russo And Steele’s website to learn more about the car as it approaches its January 15-19 auction date.

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