RM Sotheby’s has established a new personal best with the latest auctioned units of the rare Lamborghini Miura P400 SV and Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscope’, as these units reached the highest values to date for these versions in an event of this auction house .
Several weeks ago we told you about the impressive collection of Lamborghini sports cars that was going to be put on sale at the last RM Sotheby’s event in Paris, which took place precisely on Valentine’s Day. It was about a huge set of 12-cylinder models from the Sant’Agata Bolognese signature from the same collector and that is why we describe it as the “definitive collection” of the Italian brand.
This set of classics was made up of almost all 12-cylinder models belonging to the first 20 years of the Ferruccio Lamborghini company, including such famous and rare examples as the Lamborghini 400 GT 2 + 2 Touring 1967 or the Lamborghini Islero GTS 1969. As we told you at the time, the most valuable units were the Lamborghini Miura P400 SV and the Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscope’, the first two models with a central V12 engine from the Italian company.
The entire collection.
Finally, expectations have been met and these two units have not only become the most expensive of this small collection, but they have also set a new record for the auction house.
The 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Bertone had chassis number # 4840 and was sold for $ 2.42 million, hence becomes the second most expensive specimen sold to date of this version, of which only 150 copies were made, and the most expensive auctioned by RM Sotheby’s. The case of the 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscope’ Bertone is very similar, with a final bid of $ 775,625 it managed to meet its previous estimates and also became the most expensive LP400 ever sold by this auction house. Although this specimen was much further away from the record of the model, which officially stands at the 1.2 million dollars that were paid in 2014 for another Countach LP400 ‘Periscope’. Although there are reports that Ferruccio Lamborghini’s Countach LP400 S Series 2 was recently sold for a much higher quantity, although this figure is unknown.
Although the price reached by these units in the RM Sotheby’s auction is very striking, the truth is that the most outstanding thing is the history of these copies, since both have undergone numerous modifications over the years and are now in their original configuration, superb form, and classics department certification Lamborghini Polo Storico.
Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Bertone from 1971 chassis # 4840.
Although both units have had a long and eventful life, the Countach takes the cake, as this was the first Lamborghini Countach of the singer Rod Stewart, who used it for years in Australia, the United States and Europe, even going so far as to transform it into a convertible with a targa-type roof. Before being restored, this specimen had a widebody kit, the aforementioned removable roof, a totally different engine and a very different aesthetic configuration from the one it carried when it left the Italian factory in the seventies.