Arizona

19-20 January 2017

Offered from a Private Collection

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Lot 241

1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV by Bertone

  • Chassis no. ZA9CA05A6HLA12197

Sold for $264,000


420 bhp, 5,167 cc DOHC V-12 engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96.5 in.

  • Offered from a private collection
  • European-specification Italian supercar
  • Currently showing just 6,200 kilometers


Ferruccio Lamborghini was an atypical automaker in the world of supercars. The son of grape farmers in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, he began his industrial career with tractors. He later manufactured oil heaters and air conditioning equipment. It was not until 1963 that he formed Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini SpA to build high-end sports cars. He had owned several Ferraris but felt that he could build a better high-performance car. Though building cars of power, comfort, and refinement, his business suffered uneven fortunes under a number of owners. Only since purchase by Audi AG in 1998 has it seen stability and increased sales.

The world met Lamborghini’s Countach at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. Styled by Marcello Gandini of Carrozzeria G. Bertone, who had created the earlier Miura, it struck out in new dimensions. Constructed almost entirely of trapezoidal aluminum panels over a space frame, it was but 42 inches high and 163 inches long. The most outrageous feature was what are now called “Lambo doors,” hinged at the front with horizontal hinges, so that they swing upward in scissor fashion. Not simply for art, the doors are useful, in that they allow opening them in tight spaces.

Power comes from a mid-mounted V-12, four liters in the early versions, 5,167 cubic centimeters in the Quattrovalvole model offered here. Six Weber carburetors were used on European models, but when the Countach was certified for U.S. sale in 1985, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection was used instead. Bumpers were also conformed to U.S. safety standards.

This car is a European-specification model with metric instrumentation and the monumental optional rear spoiler. Equipped with air conditioning and power steering and brakes, it is white, with a matching leather interior accented in black. The odometer shows but 6,209 kilometers. An Alpine tri-band stereo audio system is the main cockpit amenity.

Car and Driver summed up the Countach quickly: “This is a bad boy’s car, and everybody knows it . . . . Just being seen at the wheel of such a thing is prima facie evidence that you’re a regular traveler beyond the borders of good judgment, good sense, and good taste . . . . You flash your Countach and everybody gets the message. You’ve got the speed of a telegram at a zillion times the price.” And we haven’t even mentioned performance . . . .

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Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

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United Kingdom

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As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more