The thought of owning an original Lamborghini Countach should be more than enough to make your wallet shutter. Now imagine that nearly every inch of the iconic supercar’s trim is plated in 23-karat gold. Yeah. As part of the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale, this gold-plated Lamborghini will take center stage.
It’s one of just two examples that came from the factory with a gold interior. No, this wasn’t some aftermarket hack job. It was introduced new in 1987, and came finished in a white exterior and a white leather interior to offset the gold accents. Everything from the steering column, to the gated shifter, to the instrument cluster is coated in 23-karat gold.
The car was delivered new to the U.S., where it kept a residence for a number of years before being imported to Japan. It was eventually taken in by its current Dutch consigner, who set about restoring it to like new condition.
The Countach was sent to Lamborghini Polo for a full engine-out restoration. Completely stripped of bare metal, it was refinished in the original white over white combination, including of its original 23-karat gold trim. It was the first Countach ever restored by Polo.
Questionable gold plating aside, the Countach is still an ‘80s performance tour de force. A high-spec 5000 QV, brand new it produced 450 horsepower (335 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque courtesy of a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V12.
Early estimates suggest it could go for anywhere from €475,000 to €575,000 ($521,949 to $631,833), which makes sense given its lineage alone, not to mention all that added bling. It will headline the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale, which will take place on May 27, 2017.
Source: RM Sotheby's
Gallery: Gold-Plated Lamborghini Countach
'Eye-catching 1980's opulence' is perhaps the best way to describe this Particular Countach, One That stands out from even the most outlandish of Countaches thanks to its incredible specification. Finished new in white over a white leather interior, the car was Further outfitted with much of its interior trim gold-plated, including the steering column, gated gear shifter and gate, instrument cluster, trunk and engine handles, door sills, and even the exterior badging, as well as exhaust pipe tips. Lamborghini has confirmed That this is one of just two Countaches to ever leave the factory equipped as such.
Following its completion, the car was delivered new to the United States, where it Remained for a number of years before being imported to Japan. It was eventually acquired by its current Dutch owner and sent to Lamborghini Polo history for an engine-out restoration. The car was found to be in overall good condition before the work commenced, and it was fully stripped to bare metal and refinished in its original color combination of white over white, and all of its 23-karat gold trim was refitted. The car, the first Countach to be restored by Polo history, is accompanied by a book of restoration photographs, chronicling the work done by Lamborghini Polo Historical, as well as restoration receipts and a certificate from Lamborghini's Polo Historical department confirming the restoration and authenticity of this rare Countach. According to its owner, the car runs and drives well and is said to shift smoothly, providing a wonderful driving experience.
Arguably the quintessential 1980's supercar, the Lamborghini Countach Became not only a supercar legend, but Also the poster child for a generation, combining all the excess and flair That the decade of the 1980s was known for. This Particular Countach would fit right in at Miami Beach or in any Lamborghini collection as a wonderful example of one of the marque's and Marcello Gandini's most iconic designs, and one restored by the factory itself.