This 1975 Lamborghini Countach Is A Black-On-Black Classic

Black Beauty.

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Pearl White is the exterior color many think of when envisioning the Lamborghini Countach. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort infamously ruined a Countach painted in the scintillating coat on a drugged-up drive in The Wolf of Wall Street, and Lamborghini’s revived Sian-based Countach wore an updated version hue in promotional art upon reveal.

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That makes this murdered-out 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio by Bertone something of a rebel. It’s among the first 157 Countachs produced, defined by a simple periscope that gave drivers some rear visibility behind behind the 4.0-liter, carbureted V12.

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While originally finished in red, a later repaint gives this Countach a rare black-on-black appointment. RM Sotheby’s doesn’t specify when the color change was made after delivery to its first owner in Milan.

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However, this example spent much of its life in the United States, picking up an autograph by Countach designer Marcello Gandini along the way at California Concours in 2003 and $60,000 worth of recommissioning work through 2006 and 2007.

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A pre-auction estimate wasn’t provided, but original Countach LP400 Periscopio’s can easily fetch $1 million-plus at auction in good condition. It joins other collector cars including 50s and 60s-era Ferraris, a Jaguar XJ 220 LM race car, and a later Countach LP400 S at RM Sotheby’s Guikas Collection sale on November 19.

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