Rod Stewart's Lambo Countach LP400 'Periscopio' was sold for €775k
It sounds almost reasonable
British singer Rod Stewart is a keen petrolhead and a well-known car collector his 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio, the gorgeous car you see here, was just sold in Germany for €775,625. It almost sounds reasonable.
Powered by a 375 bhp V-12, the LP400 was the first production version of the Countach with the original wedge shape, which would then evolve into a more angular and conventional design. Only 157 units were built, and they're also known as the 'Periscopio' because rear visibility was appalling and Lambo tried to make up for that by adding a small periscopic mirror on the roof.
Stewart famously owned three Miura models as well as a Gallardo Spyder. He bought this particular LP400 in Australia while recording the 'Blondes Have More Fun' album, and he also bought another Countach.
The car looks original but it is not 100% factory because Stewart had it shipped to his home in Los Angeles, where he had new Gotti wheels fitted along with a mini spoiler. Some time later, he added a wide-body conversion and new Campagnolo Teledial wheels. Things got wild when he brought the car to the UK, where a full-width rear wing and a Targa roof conversion were added.
In 2002, having owned the car for 25 years, he sold it to the new owner who modified the car again, including a left-hand drive conversion. The third owner bought it in 2013 and while the left-hand drive conversion was kept in place, everything else was modified because the owner wanted to restore it to its original spec. RM Sotheby's put it up for auction in France, even though the car is technically located in Germany, where it was sold for €775,625 (£669k).