AN incredibly rare 1981 Lamborghini Countach 400S – one of only seven produced – is going under the hammer in February.
Silverstone Auctions will take bids at its Race Retro sale at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on February 26-28.
The original, right-hand drive example, estimated at between £200,000 and £250,000, has covered just 38,221 miles in its 35-year life. According to the MOT history, it has only covered 1,800 miles in the ownership of the current vendor, having been used lightly for the last few years.
The Countach was a seminal car for Lamborghini, beginning its reputation for outlandish design – and it was a huge departure from the Miura, its predecessor. ‘GJK 854X’ was first registered in September 1982. Its first UK owner was Tim Dutton Wooley - of Dutton Cars fame - and sported the optional wing.
The car was then sold in April 1987 to the next owner, who had the wing removed. He was obviously an enthusiast and this car features heavily in Chris Bennett's book "Lamborghini Countach", published in 1993. A later owner re-instated the wing. The car is presented in Lamborghini Pearl Yellow and the classic interior is in good condition, finished in Oatmeal Leather with a Black Suede dash top.
It's accompanied by a comprehensive history file with nearly all of the MOTs present and there are dozens of invoices relating to work carried out over the years. Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: "The Lamborghini Countach is truly an iconic supercar and a car that every collector should take the opportunity to own at some point.
“This particular example is a fabulous piece of 1970s road art and is worthy of consideration, especially as a low-mileage 1981 LP400S-Series III has recently changed hands in the international market for a substantial sum, and other LP400S appear to be changing hands for figures well in excess of our guide price here.”
The car is accompanied by its V5C, an MOT until June 2016, driver’s handbook, the aforementioned books by Chris Bennett and David Hodges, a road test by Roberto Giordanelli and acres of service and maintenance history.
Silverstone Auctions is still inviting entries of classic road cars, modern supercars, competition cars and motorcycles, as well as automobilia, into the auction.