Countach clone draws a high price at British auction

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Classic Countach? Nope, it's a clone built in 2005 | CCA photos
Classic Countach? Nope, it's a clone built in 2005 | CCA photos
Classic Countach? Nope, it’s a clone built in 2005 | CCA photos

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.

1978 Daimler Sovereign sell for more than $46,000
1978 Daimler Sovereign sell for more than $46,000

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.

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CCA’s next sale is scheduled for September 22-23.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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