1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series I

Ahmed Qadri ©2019, courtesy of RM Auctions

This 1979 Countach is a Series I LP400 S, and it is noteworthy for its optional V-shaped rear wing and its engine upgrades. Lamborghini had experienced reliability issues with early Countach prototypes, and the original intention to launch the car with a 5.0-liter version of the V12 was scrapped in favor of using the same 3.9-liter V12 as used in the Miura. However, due to the packaging requirements of the engine bay, the downdraft Webers were changed for side-draft Weber 45 DCOE carburetors, and peak power output was slightly lower than that of a Miura SV as a result.

This obviously mattered to Heinz Steber, a former owner of this particular car in the 1980s, who also owned a Miura, as he chose to have the engine fettled by a specialist in Luxembourg to have the same downdraft 40 IDL Webers as used in the Miura. The car retains this unique configuration today.

It has spent the majority of its life in Germany and Switzerland before being purchased by its current owner in 2014, when it had just had a new clutch fitted and had its engine thoroughly overhauled by Lamborghini specialist Rene Ruch. Soon after the sale, the car was sent to KP Performance in Bahrain, where it was given a full respray in original colors. It has been lightly used since but always looked after, and it benefits most recently from having a comprehensive service, during which the fuel lines were replaced and carburetors tuned. It presents very well indeed, its paintwork blemish-free, and its original navy blue interior is a testament to a life of care and attention. Just 50 Series I LP400s were produced, and few are likely to be as tidy as this example, or have such an interesting history.