Countach

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Ferruccio

828 posts

60 months

Sunday 28th April
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Davo456gt said:
108-110 George Street,
then opened a service operation near Brentford (guess), where the Countach Anniversary had its UK Launch with the RHD Orange LP400 next to it in 1989.
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Yup just south of the elevated section of the M4.
I remember dropping the car off and walking up to South Ealing tube to get to work!

Robert W

447 posts

103 months

Monday 29th April
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Portman were in the Thorpe Industrial Estate near Maranello Concessionaires for a short while. I recall a J reg Diablo at George Street. Thorpe there was a K reg white Diablo, so 93/94 sounds about right. They also had a showroom in Windsor for a short while... and there was “Portman Bradshaw” down in Bournemouth for a while too!

Adam B

15,518 posts

195 months

Monday 29th April
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Robert W said:
Portman were in the Thorpe Industrial Estate near Maranello Concessionaires for a short while... there was a K reg white Diablo, so 93/94 sounds about right.
Yes that was the place, very modest unit with about 4 parking spaces out front

Craig

1,129 posts

225 months

Tuesday 30th April
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Hi Robert

Do you know of this QV and any registrations it previously had?

https://www.graemehunt.com/inventory/484/1987-lamb...

Chassis 12186

Never seen it before - looks fantastic!

thanks

Craig

(I'm not looking to buy btw - those days are long gone!)

Robert W

447 posts

103 months

Tuesday 30th April
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No. One owner from new until May 2015, when the owner’s son sold it with 6,000kms on the clock, I’d presume to Graeme Hunt’s client, who is selling it now. It has appeared in the odd photo over the years as LAM443.
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Craig

1,129 posts

225 months

Tuesday 30th April
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Robert W said:
No. One owner from new until May 2015, when the owner’s son sold it with 6,000kms on the clock, I’d presume to Graeme Hunt’s client, who is selling it now. It has appeared in the odd photo over the years as LAM443.
Ok thanks

Assume some collector will snap it up and it will disappear for a number of years sadly

A one-off opportunity

JuniorD

6,203 posts

164 months

Tuesday 30th April
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One thing I don’t like about that is the relatively high looking ground clearance especially around the front. Some countaches seem to sit nice and low , while others seem to look disappointingly raised up. They didn’t come with lifting gear, did they?

Ferruccio

828 posts

60 months

Wednesday 1st May
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No.
No speed humps then anyway.

Evolved

2,080 posts

128 months

Wednesday 1st May
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Brilliant thread for a brilliant car. Great read.

footsoldier

1,417 posts

133 months

Wednesday 1st May
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JuniorD said:
One thing I don’t like about that is the relatively high looking ground clearance especially around the front. Some countaches seem to sit nice and low , while others seem to look disappointingly raised up. They didn’t come with lifting gear, did they?
The first cars are lower - 150ish of the original LP400 without wings, then 50x LP400S “Series One” with wings, original instruments and ‘telephone dial’wheels; then 105xLP400S “Series Two” with new wheels and instruments but still low. (My car is one of these S2s)

After these 250ish, starting with the third version of the LP400S, the cars were raised about 3cm - actual body/cockpit is taller, and suspension higher.

The originals are very low inside and out, and you can navigate most speed bumps, but only very carefully. You wouldn’t go down any ramps though, and it’s impossible to avoid some scrapes if you use it.

Lower looks cooler though, which is the main thing :-)

footsoldier

1,417 posts

133 months

Wednesday 1st May
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Just found this pic online...
400S: S3 on top, S1 on bottom



Edited by footsoldier on Wednesday 1st May 15:05

Adam B

15,518 posts

195 months

Wednesday 1st May
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footsoldier said:
Just found this pic online...
400S: S3 on top, S1 on bottom

quite a difference, couldn't you drop the suspension on the S3 to achieve most of the S1 look? Do people do this?

JuniorD

6,203 posts

164 months

Wednesday 1st May
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footsoldier said:
JuniorD said:
One thing I don’t like about that is the relatively high looking ground clearance especially around the front. Some countaches seem to sit nice and low , while others seem to look disappointingly raised up. They didn’t come with lifting gear, did they?
The first cars are lower - 150ish of the original LP400 without wings, then 50x LP400S “Series One” with wings, original instruments and ‘telephone dial’wheels; then 105xLP400S “Series Two” with new wheels and instruments but still low. (My car is one of these S2s)

After these 250ish, starting with the third version of the LP400S, the cars were raised about 3cm - actual body/cockpit is taller, and suspension higher.

The originals are very low inside and out, and you can navigate most speed bumps, but only very carefully. You wouldn’t go down any ramps though, and it’s impossible to avoid some scrapes if you use it.

Lower looks cooler though, which is the main thing :-)
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Fantastic info. I always assumed "low body" Countach referred just to lower body/cockpit depth/height, rather than low clearance.

I think the LP400S Series 2 looks by far the best of the bunch, followed by the 25 Anni because of their aggressive, low stances, and I guess that's why I was slightly disappointed the first time I saw a Countach, which was a QV, which I thought looked oddly raised up in the flesh.

This 1981 LP400 S Series II went for $512,000 last August, easy to see why



Ferruccio

828 posts

60 months

Wednesday 1st May
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Adam B said:
quite a difference, couldn't you drop the suspension on the S3 to achieve most of the S1 look? Do people do this?
No - they leave them as they left the factory!

Redwing

877 posts

167 months

Saturday 4th May
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After 15 years it may be time for me to part company with the old girl! Still as gorgeous as the day I bought her! Gutted does not begin to describe it. The best looking super car ever!

JuniorD

6,203 posts

164 months

Sunday 5th May
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Redwing said:


After 15 years it may be time for me to part company with the old girl! Still as gorgeous as the day I bought her! Gutted does not begin to describe it. The best looking super car ever!
Stunning! Why on earth would you part company with something you love so much?

Redwing

877 posts

167 months

Sunday 5th May
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Unfortunately for medical reasons I've been unable to drive for some while. It's time for someone else to have fun in her!

JuniorD

6,203 posts

164 months

Sunday 5th May
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Redwing said:
Unfortunately for medical reasons I've been unable to drive for some while. It's time for someone else to have fun in her!
Sorry to hear that.

Remember the old thread at Countaches being undervalued at £60-80k. hehe

Redwing

877 posts

167 months

Sunday 5th May
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It seemed like a lot of money when I bought it! Lol
Monday 6th May
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Does anyone know if this 1986 QV is still around?

It’s original reg number here is C***YEH, shown here with a youthful, although mean and moody Mickyveloce at the back of Portman Lamborghini in ‘86.

In the showroom was a red Countach QV with the extended dash to allow for the latest frippery from Alpine.

It appears that there are stacked crates of Carlsberg in the picture too.

Apologies for the quality, and indeed the grey sports jacket and slip-ons, but it was the 80s.