Countach

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Robert W

464 posts

117 months

Tuesday 30th April 2019
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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.

Craig

1,148 posts

239 months

Tuesday 30th April 2019
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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

7,451 posts

178 months

Tuesday 30th April 2019
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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

1,206 posts

74 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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No.
No speed humps then anyway.

Evolved

2,477 posts

142 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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Brilliant thread for a brilliant car. Great read.

footsoldier

1,691 posts

147 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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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

1,691 posts

147 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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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

18,341 posts

209 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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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

7,451 posts

178 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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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 :-)
thumbup

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

1,206 posts

74 months

Wednesday 1st May 2019
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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

906 posts

181 months

Saturday 4th May 2019
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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

7,451 posts

178 months

Sunday 5th May 2019
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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

906 posts

181 months

Sunday 5th May 2019
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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

7,451 posts

178 months

Sunday 5th May 2019
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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

906 posts

181 months

Sunday 5th May 2019
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It seemed like a lot of money when I bought it! Lol

MickyveloceClassic

99 posts

14 months

Monday 6th May 2019
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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.

Robert W

464 posts

117 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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C537YEH... white with blue piped white. Darned if I l know which car this is. Drives me nuts. Anyone know? It was registered NROSS for a short time too. 1986 car apparently.

MaserCoupe

124 posts

43 months

Thursday 9th May 2019
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Yep that is indeed NROSS formerly C537YEH QV. This was sold through Heathmans later circa 1988 to a Nick Ross and got the NROSS number plate (he was a 21year old DJ), he was an absolute blast. I posted some pics of it with a red Countach and a light blue LM002 in the middle of Heathmans road on the other thread, titled "old lambo photos in the 1990's" (not my thread incidentally). White on blue with daytona style white striped seats. On purchase, he asked to have the wheels painted white before delivery. I'll post pics later when i dig them out. A beautiful car. The Carlsberg beers were for the Japanese restaurant next door/business man knocking shop/sushi paradise.....if you get my meaning!

Edited by MaserCoupe on Thursday 9th May 07:55


Edited by MaserCoupe on Thursday 9th May 07:56

MickyveloceClassic

99 posts

14 months

Thursday 9th May 2019
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Thanks for that MaserCoupe.

It would be interesting to know whether the car is still in existence.

I was in London on a sixth-form school trip. My pal and I decided to break ranks and seek out the Portman Square dealership, which was I believe the sole concessionaire for Lamborghini in the UK at the time.

The staff were great with us, and generous with their time.

AMVSVNick

6,598 posts

117 months

Thursday 9th May 2019
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MickyveloceClassic said:
In the showroom was a red Countach QV with the extended dash to allow for the latest frippery from Alpine.

Gents,

This has really stirred the memories.

circa 1993 I viewed a QV at Graypaul in Nottingham. My mind tells me the car was red with white interior and the extended dash. I also recall blue tinted windows.

I have a feeling it may have ended up in Scotland.

Am I going mad or does this car exist?

Cheers,

Nick