This is a 1982 Lamborghini Countach 5000S that ended up pieces as its planned restoration stopped suddenly in 2008 during the disassembly phase, due to the fact that the company in charge of the project went out of business.
The car has been frozen in time like this for 13 years, it’s now being offered as a project with its engine, transmission, and all the major parts required to complete the restoration and get the car back on the road.
Fast Facts – The Lamborghini Countach 5000S
- It’s a well-known piece of automotive trivia that Lamborghini name their supercars after famous fighting bulls, names like Miura, Jalpa, and Murcialago. The Countach is an exception to this rule, it was named after the word “Contacc” in the Piedmontese language, an exclamation of shock or surprise.
- First introduced at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the Countach sent shockwaves around the world with its bold angular styling and phenomenal performance abilities.
- The Countach was designed by Marcello Gandini, the same man who had designed the Miura, the Countach was a paradigm shift forwards in automotive design that is still influencing supercar design to the modern day.
- Lamborghini would keep the car in production from 1974 until 1990, offering a number of model variations including the 5000S which was introduced in 1982 with a more powerful 4.8 liter V12.
The Lamborghini Countach 5000S
The Lamborghini Countach 5000S was developed under the direction of the Mimran brothers who had taken control of the Italian automaker in 1980 after a lengthy period of financial instability.
Plans were put into action to create a new Lamborghini at a more affordable price point than the Countach, it would be based on the earlier Silhouette model and it would be called the Lamborghini Jalpa.
Further plans were developed to create a new and more extreme version of the Countach, which was already getting long in the tooth by supercar standards. The styling had been updated by its original designer in 1978 for the LP400S model, fiberglass wheel arch extensions were added and a V-shaped rear wing was available as an option.
This redesign was deemed perfect as-is, so the plans for the 5000S (the LP500S) instead concentrated on the drivetrain. The V12 was enlarged to 4,754cc (4.8 liters), a sizable increase over the 3,929cc (3.9 liters) of the outgoing model.
This newly expanded engine offered 375 hp at 7,000 rpm with peak power now coming in lower in the rev range, torque was increased by a little over 40 lb ft as well, up to 302 lb ft at 4,500 rpm in the 5000S.
The compression ratio was lowered slightly on the new engine, but power still went up due to the increase in swept capacity. The legendary 60º Lamborghini V12 lost none of its charm, or any of its complexity, with double overhead cams per bank and six sidedraught Weber 45 DCOE carburetors.
The chassis of the 5000S remained unchanged from its predecessor, it’s a complex tubular steel space frame. The bodies were largely made from aluminum alloy and the Countach made use of fully independent suspension at each corner, with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, and anti-roll bars front and back.
Today we remember the styling of the Countach 5000S, and its successor the LP5000 Quattrovalvole, as being the quintessential 1980s-era Lamborghini, and one of the most memorable supercar designs of all time.
A Stalled Countach 5000S Restoration
The 5000S you see here has a fascinating history, and hopefully an equally fascinating future. It was formerly owned by Daniel Sefton who loaned it to the British motoring television show Fifth Gear for use by presenter Vicky Butler-Henderson back in the early 2000s.
The car was also featured (pre-restoration) on the front cover of a book called “The Spirit of The Bull,” by Paul W. Cockerham.
In 2004 the process of restoring the car began, the engine was stripped and rebuilt, and a new clutch was fitted by Lamborghini London. There are invoices for over £10,000 for this work on file.
Things began to go pear-shaped in 2008 when the Countach was put into a body shop for a full strip and respray, and an interior refurbishment. The car was stripped down however the body shop went out of business, and the car entered a long period where it was essentially frozen in carbonite as you see it here.
It’s now due to cross the auction block with Historics Auctioneers on the 25th of September in England. The price guide is £145,000 – £180,000 which works out to approximately $200,400 – $248,800 USD.
If you’d like to read more about the car or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.
Images courtesy of Historics Auctioneers
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