<i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540
Lot 138
Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new
1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S
US$ 425,000 - 500,000
£ 330,000 - 390,000

Lot Details
<i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. 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ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540 <i>Weber carbureted, less than 10,500km from new</i><b><br />1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S </b><br />VIN. ZA9C00500CLA12540
1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S
Chassis no. ZA9C00500CLA12540
4,754cc DOHC V12 Engine
Six Weber Carburetors
375bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*A three owner car
*Less than 10,500 kilometers from new
*Totally refurbished in previous ownership
*A rare carburetor Countach


LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH

The legendary Miura was always going to be a hard act to follow, so the extent to which its successor eclipsed the greatest of 1960s supercars came as something of a shock to all. The sensation of the 1971 Geneva Salon, the Countach was styled, like its predecessor, by Bertone's Marcello Gandini. The production version would not be seen for another two years with deliveries commencing in 1974.

As used in the Miura, Lamborghini's four-cam V12 engine was retained for the Countach, though this time installed longitudinally. To achieve optimum weight distribution, designer Paolo Stanzani placed the five-speed gearbox ahead of the engine between the seats, and the differential – driven by a shaft passing through the sump – at the rear. The result was a delightful gearchange and a better-balanced car than the Miura. When production began in 1974, the Countach sported an improved spaceframe chassis and the standard 4.0-liter, instead of the prototype's 5.0-litre, engine. Even with the smaller engine producing 'only' 375bhp, the aerodynamically efficient Countach could attain 170mph and, as one would expect, came with racetrack roadholding to match.

The first upgrade appeared in 1978 as the 'LP400S', the major changes being confined to the chassis and suspension. A rear aerofoil became available, making the Countach look even more outrageous and, not surprisingly, was the choice of most customers. The Countach's potentially largest market, the USA, remained closed to it until the arrival of the 'emissions friendly' LP500S in 1982. Although no more powerful than before, the newcomer's 4,754cc engine brought with it a useful increase in torque. The final development saw the engine enlarged to 5,167cc and new four-valves-per-cylinder heads adopted for the Countach Quattrovalvole in 1985, the latter's 300km/h (186mph) top speed making it, at the time, the world's fastest car.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

An immaculate example of the original supercar icon, the LP 500S we present here was sold new in Italy, and then shipped immediately to the U.S. as verified by copies of its Italian invoice to Lamborghini Agents Emilian Auto SpA of Bologna in January 1983 and the subsequent shipping by Lufthansa Airfreight to Chicago for Gustavi Diaz Ordaz on February 9. Upon its arrival in the U.S., the car was initially driven from Chicago to Houston and then McAllen and back to Houston, before being stored in a private garage and unused for its first three years until May 1986 when EPA/DOT releases were applied for and granted.

Its second owner, aware of the car's existence from day one, monitored the car for more than a decade before they were able to prize it away from its previous owner. By this point it had accrued a mere 5,675 kilometers (3,700 miles). On acquisition by its second custodian, they reviewed the car and while its mileage was modest it was by then still an 11 year old car that had aged, particularly with regard to hoses, seals etc. They felt the car could do with some attention. So, over the course of the next year it was sympathetically refurbished. Using factory code Glasurit paint, the car was repainted in its original scheme of Rosso Siviglia, and the mechanics were systematically gone through and either refurbished or replaced with factory new/old stock parts. Receipts for this work, which included the addition of its rear wing, are on file. The car changed hands just once more in 2003 before passing into the current owner's hands more recently.

In the ensuing 21 years it has accrued only a further 5000 kilometers, bringing its total to a little over 10,390 kilometers (roughly 6,500 miles). It has been carefully maintained in its previous ownership and will be freshly serviced prior to the sale, while its simple history has ensured that it retains original factory tools and copies of its manuals. Today the car presents stunningly, with immaculate paint and unworn original interior. As a result of its mid-1990s redo, it is arguably in far better order than when it left the factory as new.

The last few years have seen Gandini's masterpiece truly appreciated and, as a benchmark example of his iconic design, this LP500S deserves close inspection.
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