1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400S Coupe / 1121252 Vehicle Information

1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400S photograph

1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400S
Coupe
Chassis #: 1121252
Engine #: 1121252
Sold for $516,500 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
This 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series II by Bertone is titled as a 1982. It is one of 105 'low-body' models that include the lowered suspension, ride height, and body of the earlier LP400. It has been given a recent comprehensive, multi-year restoration by Evans Automotive in Columbus Ohio. Over $250,000 was invested in returning the car to its former glory. The car shows less than 35,000 km on the odometer and has fewer than 200 miles since the mechanical and cosmetic restoration. It has new correct tires, a proper Ansa Sport exhaust, Alpine stereo, and an upgraded air conditioning system.

The Lamborghini Countach made its debut at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. It wore a design by Marcello Gandini and was a drastic departure from the Miura. It had an aggressive wedge shape, sharp lines, and scissor doors. It utilized a tubular space frame chassis and aircraft-grade aluminum body. Initially, power was courtesy of a 5.0-liter V12 engine in the prototypes and show cars. The production LP400 models were fitted with a 4.0-liter from the Miura. Horsepower was rated at 370 hp and 266 foot-pounds of torque.

Canadian F1 team owner Walter Wolf sought more power for his own personal Countach. He worked with chief Lamborghini engineer Gianpaolo Dallara to modify the car by installing a 5.0-liter engine and much larger Pirelli P7 tires. To accommodate the larger tires, the suspension geometry and bodywork were extensively altered. Wolf was able to convince Lamborghini to commercialize his modifications, and the LP400 S was born.

Many of the Wolf upgrades made it onto the series production cars. S models were fitted with fender flares, wider tires, revised suspension, chin spoiler, but not the larger engine. The V-shaped wing was later added to the options list. Modifications, updates, and enhancements followed throughout the 1980s. The LP500 S was introduced in 1982, coming with a 4,754cc engine. The 5000 Quattrovalvole arrived in 1985. The final rendition of the Countach arrived in 1988 with the celebration of the company's 25th anniversary.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2019


2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $600,000 
Sale Price :
USD $516,500

2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $600,000-USD $700,000 
Lot was not sold

1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400S Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1981 sales)
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series II by Bertone
Chassis#: 1121260
Sold for USD$368,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : The Petersen Automotive Museum
 
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series II by Bertone
Chassis#: 1121252
Sold for USD$516,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400S image  
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S
Chassis#: 1121320
Sold for USD$296,386
  2016 Silverstone Auctions : Race Retro Classic Car Sale
 
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series III by Bertone
Chassis#: 1121316
Sold for USD$962,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's NY Auction : Driven By Distruption
 
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP 400S
Chassis#: 1121296
Sold for USD$405,328
  2015 RM Sotheby's London Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400S's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series II by Bertone11212982017 RM Sothebys : London $350,000$400,000
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series II by Bertone11212522017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction $600,000$700,000
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S11212982016 Silverstone Auctions : NEC Classic Motor Show   
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series III by Bertone11213582016 RM Sotheby's : Paris $380,000$450,000

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Chassis information for the Lamborghini Countach LP400S1980 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1121150
Chassis information for the Lamborghini Countach LP400S1981 Coupe
Chassis Num: 1121252
Engine Num: 1121252


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