Chassis No: ZA9C00500ELA12730
Odometer: 3,647 Miles
Engine: 4.8 Litre V-12 Naturally Aspirated DOHC - 6 Weber Sidedraft Carburetors
Transmission: 5-Speed 'dog-leg' Gated Synchromesh
Performance: 368 bhp @ 7,500 rpm / 319 lb-ft > 0-60 mph 5.4 sec / 160 mph (Drag Limited w/o Wing)
Exterior: Bianco Perlato
Interior: Rosso Full Leather
“Ferruccio Lamborghini introduced his exotic Countach prototype at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show. The car’s wedge-shaped styling—created by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone Design Studio—seized the attention of the automobile cognoscenti. The powerful mid-engine sports car was wide and low with sharply angled panels, “scissor” doors, and a forward-placed passenger compartment to allow for the large V-12 engine. The body was light and strong with aircraft-grade aluminum skin over a tubular space frame. The combination of standout design, performance characteristics, and its stratospheric price tag quickly earned the Countach its ‘Supercar’ status. There is perhaps no more widely recognizable or iconic supercar than the dramatically styled Lamborghini Countach, the poster car of a generation”.
Speedart Motorsports is pleased to announce one of its latest supercar exhibits available for sale and an opportunity not to be missed.
This sensational Lamborghini Countach 5000S was special-ordered new by famed US Lamborghini importer Joe Nastasi of Long Island City, New York, and finished in the gorgeous and uncommon color combination of Bianco Perlato (Pearl White) over a Rosso (Red) interior with matching Bianco Perlato wheels. As it was his own personal car and planned to be the New York International Auto Show car, Mr. Nastasi asked Lamborghini to build it with a special feature, the Coda Plexi (Plexiglas Tail). According to correspondence on file with legendary Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni, there was resistance within the company to doing this. However, Mr. Nastasi was a powerful figure for Lamborghini and an important client, so they adhered to his request. Coda Plexi referred to the red acrylic panel between the taillights, giving the car a unique look. The Countach was also fitted with a straight-through Ansa F1 sport exhaust from new.
The Countach was flown to John F. Kennedy International Airport a few weeks after its build date, in July 1984. Mr. Nastasi kept it on display at his dealership and the car was shown at the 1985 New York International Auto Show. Mr. Nastasi continued to display the Lamborghini and kept it for another 28 years, until 2012. He drove it sparingly and it registered under 5,900 km on the odometer at the time of cataloguing.
The special Countach was sold in 2012 to its second care taker, a knowledgeable collector, who immediately sent it to Autosport Designs Inc. of Huntington Station, New York, for refreshening, road testing, and cosmetic attention. This work, which totaled over $56,000, included a repaint in its original color, a carburetor rebuild, and the refinishing of the air box assemblies, among other items.
In 2014, the Countach was serviced by DriverSource in Houston, documented by receipts on file. The Lamborghini received new tires and wheel reconditioning. In 2015, the Countach was acquired by its third custodian, who is a collector of the world’s finest sports and racing cars.
The Countach was a groundbreaking design and is one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. This example is far more special than a standard Countach, however. As the New York International Auto Show car fitted with a one-off tail treatment, and the personal car of famed importer Joe Nastasi, this Countach is a unique piece of Lamborghini history. Its low mileage and distinctive color combination further distinguish it from its standard brethren, truly making this Lamborghini a collector’s item worthy of serious consideration.
Speedart Motorsports invites all serious inquiries and interested parties to witness up-close and personal this historically significant Lamborghini at our Design District motorsports gallery.
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