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1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S Coupe / ZA9C00500DLA12562 Vehicle Information

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S photograph

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S photograph

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S photograph

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S photograph

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S photograph

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S photograph

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S photograph

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S photograph

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S
Sold for $395,000 at 2015 Rick Cole Monterey.
The Lamborghini Countach was unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show. It design was handled by Bertone stylist Marcello Gandini and drew inspiration from his earlier Alfa Romeo Carabo show car of 1968 and the Bertone Zero concept of 1970. It was low, futuristic, angular, and had the trademark scissor doors.

The Geneva show car was named the LP500, for 'Longitudinale Posteriore 5 Litri,' or longitudinal-rear five liters, with a mid-mounted V-12 engine located in front of the rear axle. The gearbox was mounted in front and positioned between the two seats. The final drive passed back through the engine sump, under the crankshaft, to the differential. This design raised the engine, necessitating the installation of side-draft Weber carburetors to maintain is low rear-deck profile. In comparison to the Lamborghini Miura, the wheelbase and overall length had been shortened. Just one LP500 was built and it was ultimately destroyed at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) test facility in England during crash testing.

The production versions were designated the LP400 in recognition of its four-liter V-12 powerplant. Making their debut in 1973 at Geneva, they closely resembled the LP500 prototype but with a few differences at the insistence of development driver and engineer Bob Wallace. The Marchesi-built chassis was redesigned and the bodywork was now formed from lightweight aluminum. Special glass procured from Belgium's Glaverbel helped further reduce the overall weight. Additional weight saving measures were taken by using magnesium for some mechanical components. The LP500's overheating tendencies were reduced by using additional air boxes to feed cool air to relocated radiators. Aero-efficient NACA air ducts were added to the sides of the car to further aid cooling.

Other changes included a pair of small side windows, a revised taillight design, and the use of Stewart-Warner instruments. A Fichtel & Sachs aluminum clutch and a pair of six-plug Marelli distributors rounded out the changes of the first production Countach.

Customer deliveries began in 1974. 150 examples of the LP400 were built before being succeeded by the LP400S in 1978. This was followed by the LP500S, which had a 4.8-liter V12 with a bore and stroke increase compensating for slightly lowered compression. The engine was given larger Weber carburetors, helping the car achieve a 0-60 mph dash in just 4.8 seconds.

This particular Lamborghini Countach LP500 is an original European-specification car with instruments calibrated in Metric units. It lacks the U.S. mandated bumpers and huge rear wings found on many other examples. The current mileage is 38,835 kilometers (24,130 miles). A comprehensive restoration was completed in 2014, which included stripping the body to bare metal, where it was revealed that it had been painted both Pearl White and red. Its original paperwork describes the car as having been finished in Pearl White when it was delivered and sold new. Lamborghini's October 1983 Paris show car was also finished in Pearl White. It is believed that the show car was originally finished in red and then re-sprayed at the factory in Bianco Perlato, as the first Countach to be so finished. If true, then perhaps this car (chassis number ZA9C00500DLA12562) may have been the Paris show car.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2015



2015 Rick Cole Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $475,000-USD $550,000 
Sale Price :
USD $395,000

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1983 sales)
1983 Lamborghini Countach LP 5000S by Bertone
Chassis#: ZA9C00500CLA12512
Sold for USD$275,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online
 
1983 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 S by Bertone
Chassis#: ZA9C00500CLA12548
Sold for USD$268,800
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S
Chassis#: ZA9C00500DLA12566
Sold for USD$408,162
  2016 Silverstone : The May Sale
 
1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S
Chassis#: ZA9C00500DLA12562
Sold for USD$395,000
  2015 Rick Cole Monterey
1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S image  
1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000S
Chassis#: Z9AC00500DLA12607
Sold for USD$390,500
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S image  1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S image  
1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500S COUPÉ
Chassis#: ZA9C0050LA12550
Sold for USD$193,410
  2014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH
Sold for USD$68,000
  2007 Silver Auction - Hot August Nights
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500SZA9C0050LA125502018 Silverstone Race Retro Classic Car   
1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500SZA9C0050LA125502017 Silverstone Auctions : Race Retro Classic Car Sale   
1983 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500SZA9C00500CLA125402015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction $425,000$500,000

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Lamborghini Countach LP500S Coupe

Model Year: 1982
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Model Year: 1982
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Model Year: 1982
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