1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 'Periscopio' by Bertone

Sold For €817.600

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Documents: German Fahrzeugbrief

  • One of only 150 LP400 ‘Periscopios’ constructed
  • Supplied new to Prince Mansour Bin Mashal of Saudi Arabia
  • Presented in its original colour scheme
  • Less than 6,000 kilometres from new
Surprisingly from the same drawing board as the svelte Miura—that of the legendary Marcelo Gandini of Bertone Design—the angular appearance and proliferation of trapezoidal panels on Lamborghini’s newest supercar, the Countach, divided opinion and challenged convention in equal measure. Even the chassis numbering system was quirky; whilst the example offered here bears chassis number 62, it was actually only the 31st car made, due to Lamborghini’s aversion to using odd numbers for the LP400 sequence. In total, a mere 150 LP400 chassis are confirmed as having been completed, and they remain by far the purest and most desirable examples of the Countach breed.

This particular example left Sant’Agata Bolognese in March 1975 and was first registered on 1 June of that year to Prince Mansour Bin Mashal of Saudi Arabia. Originally delivered in the distinctive colour scheme of Giallo Fly with a tobacco leather interior, it was discovered by a renowned Italian car collector and restorer there in the 1980s, and was repatriated to Italy shortly thereafter.

A comprehensive rebuild was undertaken upon the car’s return, which included a complete overhaul of the engine, gearbox, brakes, running gear, and all ancillaries. In a quest for improved reliability and increased user friendliness, modifications were made to the cooling system, including the fitment of later-type cooling fans, although the originals were retained with the car for originality purposes. At the same time, the air conditioning system was upgraded to the later QV model specification, and both battery and alternator were uprated. The car was also refreshed with new black leather upholstery, although this has recently been superseded by a full re-trim in the correct tobacco leather, as per the original build.

Chassis number 1120062 was a notable participant in Lamborghini’s 40th anniversary celebrations, held in Rome in 2003, and has been the subject of numerous magazine articles since. It remains wonderfully preserved in its original colour scheme and is accompanied by Italian registration papers, ASI homologation, and a fully documented restoration file. Boasting only four owners from new and having covered a mere 6,000 kilometres, it is a lovely example of this ground-breaking design.


Please note that the mileage showing on the odometer is since restoration, not from new. Furthermore, this Countach has recently received a complete, engine-out service by Autofficina Omega. Refer to an RM Sotheby’s specialist for further detail.

Pregasi notare che il chilometraggio riportato dal contachilometri è quello percorso dopo il restauro e non quello del veicolo da nuovo.Inoltre, questa Countach ha, da allora, fatto un tagliando completo, con l’estrazione del motore dal vano motore, presso l’Autofficina Omega. Rivolgersi ad uno specialista di RM Sotheby’s per ulteriori dettagli.

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