6 September 2017

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Lot 106

1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series II by Bertone

  • Chassis no. 1121298

£350,000 - £400,000

Documents: UK V5

  • Desirable 'low-body' Countach
  • One of just 105 Countach LP400S Series II examples built
  • Showing less than 26,000 km
  • Significant recent re-commissioning, supported by invoices on file

Lamborghini’s second-generation Countach, the LP400 S, kept the flair and personality that made the original Countach so exciting, but rather than opt for wholesale change, the focus was on improvements that would make the car better overall. The most apparent change was the fitting of even wider Pirelli tyres, requiring further modifications, including completely revised suspension geometry to account for the change in tyre width and wheel size. The bodywork was also fitted with muscular flares to house said wheels and tyres. Performance still remained on par with the car’s stellar looks, and the LP400 S had a top speed quoted at 179.8 mph.

Within the hierarchy of the Countach LP400S, the Series II models are identifiable by their lower ride height and smooth finish concave wheels. The 50 Series I Countachs, as well as the Series II cars, retained the lower ride height, with the Series II cars sitting slightly higher. It is believed that chassis number 1121310 was the last Series II car built, leaving the car presented here, chassis number 1121298, as the seventh-to-last example constructed.

Purchased by the consignor from Italy during 2014, this Lamborghini Countach LP400S Series II (one of just 105 Series II cars built by the factory) was immediately sent for a restoration in order to return it to its former glory.

Starting with the bodywork and trim, which has been completed to an 'immaculate' finish, attention was then turned to the mechanicals. This LP400S was delivered to Silverstone-based marque specialist Keys Motorsports for a detailed review, with the subsequent vehicle report on file.

Keys Motorsport then undertook a thorough overhaul and re-commissioning of a number of important components, details of which are contained in the extensive file of paperwork accompanying this car. Work included removing the engine, re-commissioning of the clutch and replacement of perishable items. Stripping down, subsequent rebuilding, tuning of the engine, detailing and related components accounted for 64 hours alone, and a significant portion of the final £12,900 invoice.

Supplied with a NOVA reference, confirming no taxes or duties are owed on this vehicle, and in addition to the vehicle report and work summary, this LP400S is sold with its original sales brochure, book pack and tool roll.

Now, with significant work completed, this stunning Bianco over red leather LP400S is ready for its next owner to enjoy to the maximum of its abilities.


Please note that the title is in transit.

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