One of the most famous Italian supercars, the Lamborghini Countach once owned by Rod Stewart spent the following 25 years with the second owner and is now on Bring a Trailer
Lamborghini Countach is one of those cars that managed to create a cult following. It uses a V12 engine with a beautiful sound, unique handling traits, and an external design which is still impressive. In fact, it is considered a high point of Italian Wedge, a niche design trend that was popular in the late 1970s.
If you think that those facts are enough to make the Countach command high prices at auctions, you are definitely right. Now, we ask you to add that to the information you have just read on the title. That helps explain why this specific vehicle was recently sold in an auction for the whopping amount of $550,000.
While it is usual for automakers to improve their cars over time, even in the same generation, this case is special. Compared to the first Countach LP400, the model is famous for having received new items. Wide body kit, larger bumpers, and that prominent rear wing. Those changes left its fans with mixed feelings.
The auction car is part of a special edition that Lamborghini made in 1988 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It features several changes made by Horacio Pagani, such as reshaped air intakes and engine bay. The result was 0 to 97 kph in 4.7 seconds and 295 kph of top speed, making it one of the fastest versions ever made.
Inside, this edition brings an Alpine CD player, electronic climate control, leather upholstery, power seats and windows, and Jaeger gauges. The latter includes a speedometer that reaches 320 kph. The 5.2L V12 is a Giotto Bizzarrini concoction with aluminum block, 48 valves, duel overhead camshaft, and fuel injection.
Born in London in 1945, Sir Roderick David Stewart started his career at age 17. He joined a band playing the harmonica and moved to other bands until 1969, when he also released a solo album. He would only break through in 1971, when Maggie May made his third album top the charts in many countries at once.
Stewart started his solo career with a mix of folk, rock, soul and R&B. Over time, he went through a period of disco and new wave songs, and eventually settled at soft rock. His peak decades were surely the 1970s and the 1980s even though he had success in the 1990s as well, especially in several European charts.
He managed to enter the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: as a solo artist in 1994 and as a member of Faces in 2012. In the first way, he also entered the UK Music Hall of Fame, and received both the Grammy and the Brit awards. Parallel to that, he has appeared in multiple press lists of “best singers of all times”.
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Rod Stewart acquired this Lamborghini Countach in 1990 and spent five years with it. Then it was bought by a family in Ohio and would only trade hands again in 2022. As you can see, the car is in excellent shape and features minor modifications. It comes with both a clean Carfax report and a clean Montana title.
Basically, a period phone was installed at some point but no longer works. The brake system was revised in 2022 with a new master cylinder and rebuilt calipers. Speedometer and odometer had maintenance in 1997 and fitted with a new cable. The left fuel pump was replaced in 2015, and the battery in 2022.
While this Lamborghini Countach sold on the very same day for those $550,000, the news is still valid for shedding light on such a brilliant car. Especially when that car’s history includes the ownership of such an influential singer. What else do you know about the Countach? Would you have bought it if you could?