Countach

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MickyveloceClassic

97 posts

14 months

Thursday 9th May 2019
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From very distant memories, and no photos to support me, the red Countach in the showroom when I went had beige leather.

I sat in the car and noticed the extended dash on doing so.

I also “met” BR33, which was in the showroom of Nidd Vale Motors in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. The garage later moved to Harrogate and were a Vauxhall Opel dealer,

The owner at the time was a chap called Richard Jackson who was (and still is) a successful amateur rally driver and a really pleasant man.

Why BR33 was “up North” in Knaresborough, who knows. The owner Barry Robinson I think was the owner of a demolition company.

I can’t remember a price-tag on the car, but it was pride of place in the showroom, and not there very long.

It was a real “diary-entry” to see a Countach or any exotica really, and was genuinely exciting.

These days, owing to supply and demand etc, not so much. Familiarity breeds contempt and all that....

JuniorD

7,439 posts

178 months

Thursday 9th May 2019
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I can remember in detail every occasion that I saw a Countach. These days I would be hard pushed to cross the road too see anything newer than a Diablo.

Adam B

18,278 posts

209 months

Thursday 9th May 2019
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AMVSVNick said:
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.
hmm, I was a student in Nottingham 89-93 and remember a red QV in Sytner Nottingham with the extended dash

I sat in it and remember depressing the cold clutch and chuckling at the monumental effort required

thegreenhell

6,959 posts

174 months

Thursday 9th May 2019
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Harry Metcalf's QV is red/tan with the extended dash. I don't know how many came with that spec.

DavidMorgan1

2 posts

14 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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motheatenhound

44 posts

177 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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This forum thread reminded how much I loved a countach.

So much in fact I acquired one.

Enclosed is the car, I’m the 3rd keeper 6400 kms on the clock supplied by Portman in April 1990 and one of the last 9 countach’s ever built. Factory non wing car, never painted repaired or messed with, wheels or interior never refurbished and still has everything from factory including tools, wallet etc. was owned by the previous owner for 27 years who unfortunately passed away last year. Prior to that bought new by Nigel Albon father of F1 rookie Alex.



Edited by motheatenhound on Friday 17th May 16:21


Edited by motheatenhound on Friday 17th May 18:22

Robert W

464 posts

117 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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Hi
Nigel Albon was a dealer as I understand it, so he bought the car to trade to the first owner, so you nearly have a one owner car! One of the last 9 Countachs made? Careful. Where do you have this from? Your car left the factory on 12th April 1990 along with four other RHD cars - two black, a purple and another red.
Robert

motheatenhound

44 posts

177 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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Robert W said:
Hi
Nigel Albon was a dealer as I understand it, so he bought the car to trade to the first owner, so you nearly have a one owner car! One of the last 9 Countachs made? Careful. Where do you have this from? Your car left the factory on 12th April 1990 along with four other RHD cars - two black, a purple and another red.
Robert
I got the information from del Hopkins who worked for Portman. Car only arrived today so still finding out details in full. Nigel owned car for two years.

If you have any information I don’t please share with me. I’d be grateful. I have pictures of when the car was bought from Nigel to the next owner.

Robert W

464 posts

117 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Happy to share what I have. Will PM you when at a computer rather than phone.

motheatenhound

44 posts

177 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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Robert W said:
Happy to share what I have. Will PM you when at a computer rather than phone.
Very kind many thanks

JuniorD

7,439 posts

178 months

Saturday 18th May 2019
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motheatenhound said:
This forum thread reminded how much I loved a countach.

So much in fact I acquired one.

Enclosed is the car, I’m the 3rd keeper 6400 kms on the clock supplied by Portman in April 1990 and one of the last 9 countach’s ever built. Factory non wing car, never painted repaired or messed with, wheels or interior never refurbished and still has everything from factory including tools, wallet etc. was owned by the previous owner for 27 years who unfortunately passed away last year. Prior to that bought new by Nigel Albon father of F1 rookie Alex.

Awesome!

AMVSVNick

6,597 posts

117 months

Monday 20th May 2019
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AMVSVNick said:
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
Robert W.

Do you have any info on the car I believe I viewed at Graypaul please?

Cheers,

Nick

toasty

5,746 posts

175 months

Monday 20th May 2019
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Matt Farah's Countach having a quick scrub. Warning - detailing nerdery within.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pEU4GMZBxo

Adam B

18,278 posts

209 months

Monday 20th May 2019
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toasty said:
Matt Farah's Countach having a quick scrub. Warning - detailing nerdery within.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pEU4GMZBxo
was an Alpine CD player really as $9,000 option eek

JuniorD

7,439 posts

178 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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paulqv said:
Well spotted
Yes it was my car and me chatting to JC when they cut to JM playing the bagpipes.
The car is on a few shots and also in the background wheen they drive out the next morning. It was a house not a hotel we did the filming in.
Hi Paul do you recognise this picture?

Was back in the news again in 2010

https://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/was...

jilap

296 posts

162 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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Thanks for bringing it to the Lamborghini Club Meet last Sunday. Clearly an amazing example. Congratulations!

motheatenhound said:
This forum thread reminded how much I loved a countach.

So much in fact I acquired one.

Enclosed is the car, I’m the 3rd keeper 6400 kms on the clock supplied by Portman in April 1990 and one of the last 9 countach’s ever built. Factory non wing car, never painted repaired or messed with, wheels or interior never refurbished and still has everything from factory including tools, wallet etc. was owned by the previous owner for 27 years who unfortunately passed away last year. Prior to that bought new by Nigel Albon father of F1 rookie Alex.

PGNSagaris

2,314 posts

121 months

Saturday 15th June 2019
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Bit of help please on a Countach. Looking to buy a rhd QV with 33k on the clock. Recent engine out and full body respray.

I’d rather not give away too many more details on the car but what would be a fair price for a private sale?

carspath

620 posts

132 months

Saturday 15th June 2019
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Hi PGNSagaris ,

As always its a question of condition and provenance .
Absolute price figures are anyone's guess , as its dependent on the prevailing market conditions -- supply vs demand at that moment / general economic conditions etc .
I'm not well placed to talk about prices as its just over 18 years since I bought my 88 1/2 QV .

But what I can talk about with a pinch more factual backing is the factors underpinning the price of a Countach ( and the following applies to pretty much any classic car ) :


- condition --get a specialist like Mike Pullen or Roberto Grimaldi to examine it


- originality -- why was it repainted


- who has done the servicing


- how many clutches has it been through : they are pretty good on clutches if treated sympathetically , so a load of past clutches tells you something about its previous owners

- how many previous owners

- colour / interior condition etc


-what sort of QV --dolphin belly or Pagani strakes as per 88 1/2


-LHD or RHD


- carb or injected


- manual or electronic heating and ventilation control .


all these factors should inform you of the relative price of the car that you are considering vs the current market ( See PH classifieds and other specialist online and print classifieds )



I'm just under half way through writing a book on the Countach -- the research , and meeting/ talking to the various people involved in its development has been fascinating --- even more so than with the Murcielago book ( Google : 9781845849221 )

The Countach is a very special car --- its so much more than a car , so much more than a supercar

best of luck

Ferruccio

1,195 posts

74 months

Sunday 16th June 2019
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Really hard to judge prices in the current market.
So the only real question is what’s it worth to you?
If you come to sell it in years to come, who knows what it might be worth then. Could be anything.

All those suggested questions are fine but there just aren’t that many RHD non-anniversary cars.They are old ladies now, so they’ll all have histories. Key is nothing really nasty. Get it inspected. As well as the names already mentioned Colin Clarke is sensible and Dave Jenkins at Lamborghini Pangbourne has worked on my car and likes the older stuff. After that it’s a matter of luck.

Out of Jalpa, Diablo, Murcielago and Countach, the Countach has been best behaved. It’s the purest drive. It also makes people smile the most.

Robert W

464 posts

117 months

Sunday 16th June 2019
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Get as much info as you can on the car, work out where the gaps are and think about if you owned the car how easy you would find it to sell “the story” including the gaps.

Careful of looking at advert prices - remember these prices are for cars that HAVEN’T sold.

There are quite a few cars on the market at the moment if you look hard. Worth seeing if you can get serious about two cars then you have a Plan B.

If you want to know the history of any RHD Countach discretely, drop me a line by PM and I can share what I know.