Ah, the enduring lure of the Lamborghini Countach… even when it’s not a real one.
Classic Car Auctions, which specializes in “everyman classics,” staged a sale recently at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa in the UK and the car that “stole the show” according to the auction house was a Countach replica.
“Intense” bidding broke out, CCA reported, over a Lamborghini Countach 5000S Evocation, which finally sold for £50,050 ($63,763), a figure that was £30,000 ($38,220) more than the car’s pre-sale estimated value.
The car was built by Dave Shorts, a New Zealand-based specialist in Countach replicas. The car was built in 2005, reportedly from a kit no longer in production. Shorts’ work featured an interior done in Bentley Parchment leather with a 4.0-liter Lexus V8 engine and manual gearbox with right-hand drive.
Overall, the auction generated £1.8 million ($2.29 million) in sales with an 80 percent sell-through rate of the 160 vehicles crossing the block.
Other highlights reported by the auction house included a 1971 Series III Jaguar E-type that sold for £68,200 ($86,886) and a 1967 Austin Healey 3000 that brought £60,500 ($77,070).
In perhaps another surprise in the bidding, a 1978 Daimler Sovereign driven only 400 miles since new and coming out of a museum, sold for £36,250 ($46,182), well above its pre-sale estimated value.
CCA’s next sale is scheduled for September 22-23.