Lag Time for Supercar Prices to adjust to Market Conditions

Lag Time for Supercar Prices to adjust to Market Conditions

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cgt2

1,676 posts

147 months

Tuesday 16th June
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A very very special car indeed being an 88.5.

Pretty much the definitive Countach as most purists didn't consider the Anniversary to be so. Even though quite a subtle feature in the flesh the additional strakes give it an even more mean stance.

I wonder what the Hartley Anniversary actually sold for.

Stig

11,614 posts

243 months

Tuesday 16th June
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cjcor said:
commission is limited to £6k. So, £271k.
Hadn't realised that - sorry. Even more of a bargain then!

carspath

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730 posts

136 months

Wednesday 17th June
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Yes , I agree cgt2 ........ for me too the 88 1/2 is pretty much the definitive REAL WORLD Countach .

The LP 400 is more sleek and more pure in design , but I thought that they felt vey fragile .
The later cars feel more ‘’ solid ‘’...... at least they did to me .

The QV’s have the Alfieri touch to their engines , and the rare 88 1/2have the Horacio Pagani designed side strokes.
Alfieri in particular was a true legend ....... Maserati 250F and the Birdcage , and his involvement with the QV engine gave it real engineering integrity .
In fact it was more than involvement , he designed the whole cylinder head , and modified the block .

Also Chrysler , with their financial clout , were in full control of Lamborghini by the time the 88 1/2 came out , so there was more money for better quality control , and for some relatively minor tweaking of the suspension geometry to optimise grip and handling at the extremes of the driving envelope . Not that many , if any , owners were likely to explore that region of their car,s performance .

Some parts of me regret the loss of the smooth dolphin belly of the earlier cars , but those side strakes do lend an air of aggression , and were functional. They helped cool the rear brake discs .
Looks are so personal , but the Anniversary, which was meant to hark back to the prototype LP500 , doesn’t really do it for me . Completely personal feeling re the looks , and mechanically the Anniversary cars should have evolved further , and be even better .

So , for me the final iteration of the QV variant , in the form of the 88 1/2 , is the ultimate Countach if you want to drive it .

Edited by carspath on Wednesday 17th June 09:51

cgt2

1,676 posts

147 months

Wednesday 17th June
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carspath said:
Yes , I agree cgt2 ........ for me too the 88 1/2 is pretty much the definitive REAL WORLD Countach .

The LP 400 is more sleek and more pure in design , but I thought that they felt vey fragile .
The later cars feel more ‘’ solid ‘’...... at least they did to me .

The QV’s have the Alfieri touch to their engines , and the rare 88 1/2have the Horacio Pagani designed side strokes.
Alfieri in particular was a true legend ....... Maserati 250F and the Birdcage , and his involvement with the QV engine gave it real engineering integrity .
In fact it was more than involvement , he designed the whole cylinder head , and modified the block .

Also Chrysler , with their financial clout , were in full control of Lamborghini by the time the 88 1/2 came out , so there was more money for better quality control , and for some relatively minor tweaking of the suspension geometry to optimise grip and handling at the extremes of the driving envelope . Not that many , if any , owners were likely to explore that region of their car,s performance .

Some parts of me regret the loss of the smooth dolphin belly of the earlier cars , but those side strakes do lend an air of aggression , and were functional. They helped cool the rear brake discs .
Looks are so personal , but the Anniversary, which was meant to hark back to the prototype LP500 , doesn’t really do it for me . Completely personal feeling re the looks , and mechanically the Anniversary cars should have evolved further , and be even better .

So , for me the final iteration of the QV variant , in the form of the 88 1/2 , is the ultimate Countach if you want to drive it .

Edited by carspath on Wednesday 17th June 09:51
100% agree on all counts. Although the Periscopo is beautiful there is a definite aggression to the 88.5 which is a great balance of old and new.