Classics for sale: Balboni-inspected Lamborghini Countach Periscopica
Just 160 Lamborghini Countach Periscopicas were built, but this LP400 is even more special after being inspected by Valentino Balboni. He liked what he saw after its two-year restoration.
The Lamborghini Countach is arguably the definitive poster car of its era, capturing the imagination of everyone who set eyes upon it. That distinctive wedge shape and powerful V12 engine ensured that, just like the Miura before it, this car was a prime example of its breed. This beautiful Countach LP400 Periscopica might be commanding a high price tag, but none other than legendary Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni was consulted on its restoration.
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Periscopica refers to the periscope-like arrangement integrated into the roof of early versions of the Lamborghini Countach to help improve rear visibility. This 1976 car, chassis no.1120154, is number 77 of 160 built to this style by Lamborghini. It’s finished in a gorgeous, and rather unusual, Blu Tahiti shade that give this Bertone design a more refined character — the same goes for the two-tone upholstery found behind those iconic scissor doors. Being an LP400, it's power by a carburetted 3.9-litre V12 that produces 375bhp.
This car was originally registered in Canada but came stateside in 1978. It’s current owner, Peter Cohen, runs Lamborghini-authorised dealer Ultimate Motor Works. When he acquired the car it underwent a two-year extensive restoration process that addressed every element of the vehicle. Everything from the air-conditioning to the suspension was examined and restored to its original condition. This Periscopica even wears period correct Michelin XWX radial tires on each of its original Campagnolo alloy wheels.
Valentino Balboni was consulted on the restoration and even inspected the car himself on two occasions. He praised it, and in Lamborghini circles that is high praise indeed.
The car is currently listed by Gullwing Motor Cars in our classified for $1,095,000, which is no small sum. But considering its specification, rarity, and Balboni’s seal of approval, it might just be one of the best examples of a Periscopica out there.
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