Lam­borgh­i­nis go rac­ing

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

Even though colour-changed and static-stored in Fin­land for the last 15 years, and there­fore li­able for ad­di­tional tax if domi­ciled within the EU, a ‘no re­serve’ Coun­tach (be­low) mag­ne­tised the in­vestors in Monaco, where it raised €504,000 (£398,160) in­clud­ing 12% RM Sotheby’s pre­mium.

With the orig­i­nal 4.0-litre V12 still present and roar­ing well on start-up, the 14th of the 50 Se­ries 1 Coun­tach LP400S reared by Lam­borgh­ini in 1978 – with dis­tinc­tive tele­phone dial al­loys shod with wider Pirellis to help put down the Rag­ing Bull’s 375bhp to planet earth – was much viewed by po­ten­tial tamers as it en­tered the car­peted un­der­ground car park at Le Sport­ing.

A world record €672,000 (£530,880) was also forth­com­ing for a 17 years younger Lam­borgh­ini, an even more in­tim­i­dat­ing look­ing Di­ablo SE30, one of 150 wild an­i­mals bred to com­mem­o­rate Lambo’s 30th an­niver­sary and one of only 15 to fac­tory-up­graded Jota spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Among other valuations to blip my lap-top’s screen be­side the Med, a 1968 Ro­man-reg­is­tered Ferrari Dino 206GT, one of 153 alu­minium-bod­ied ones that re­port­edly had been largely orig­i­nal prior to a re­cent back to bare-metal re­paint, made a more than top es­ti­mate €560,000 (£442,400).

The €476,000 paid (£376,040) for a 1982 Re­nault 5 Turbo was a mem­o­rable mile­stone for the French pocket rocket. Ad­mit­tedly the record breaker was the ex-Re­nault Chartres Group IV

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