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Auction Block: 1984 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 S

Photos: RM Sotheby's

Successor to the Miura, the Lamborghini Countach was an utterly game-changing supercar that played a major role in ushering in the wedge-shaped design language that we still see today. The model was first introduced in 1974 with the LP400, which featured a 375-hp 3.9-liter V12. This was followed by the LP400 S four years later. In 1982, the Countach saw its most significant leap forward, both technologically and mechanically, with the debut of the LP5000 S. Powered by a longitudinally-mounted, 4.8-liter V12, only 321 LP5K S models would ever leave the factory — making this pristine low-mile specimen that’s now headed to auction an incredibly noteworthy find.

Completed by the Lamborghini factory in July 1984, this Countach was delivered new in Switzerland and remained with its original owner until 2000 when it was sold off and imported into the UK. Powered by its original 4.8-liter V12 engine fed via six Weber carbs, this matching numbers example still wears its original factory Bianco livery over a Bianco leather interior. Much of this Countach’s life was spent relegated to dry storage — a fact that’s played a role in this 38-year-old Lamborghini supercar only boasting 5,495km (~3,414 miles) on the odo.

Earlier this year, this pristine Countach specimen also underwent a major recommissioning courtesy of DK Engineering that included strip-cleaning all six Weber carbs, replacing the master brake cylinder, removing and rebuilding the rear driveshafts and boots, adjusting the timing chain, refurbishing the wheels, and installing period correct coolant pipes. In total, this work cost more than $30,000 — as evidenced by the invoices and service records that are included with the sale of this car.

Offered without a reserve price, this 1984 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 S By Bertone (chassis number “ELA12729”) is due to cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey auction at the Monterey Conference Center beginning August 18th.

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Photo: RM Sotheby’s
Photo: RM Sotheby’s