Silverstone Auctions has announced the addition of two very special Lamborghinis to its forthcoming sale.
The company’s May sale will give bidders two opportunities to get their hands on one of the most iconic ‘poster’ cars of the 1980s – the Lamborghini Countach.
“We’re no stranger to Lamborghinis at Silverstone Auctions having sold some of the best available on the market this year, and the Countach always draws impressive glances," said Silverstone Auctions managing director Nick Whale. “It is a truly incredible supercar and to have two examples in the May Sale, both with great provenance, will make for a highly anticipated auction indeed.”
First up is a 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary edition, one of just 627 examples built to celebrate the manufacturer’s 25th birthday.
Designed by Horacio Pagani, the car features bespoke wheel arch extensions, extended air intake ducts, a new rear engine cover design, increased torque and a top speed of 185mph, and is finished in its original colour combination of Rosso with Bianco leather.
The car was originally owned Cleo Roberts, who later became the wife of legendary automotive designer, racing driver and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby. Having covered just 8,000 miles from new, it’s now expected to sell for £250,000-£300,000 ($354,760-$425,710).
“A supercar with provenance associated with Carroll Shelby is a very intriguing thing," said Whale. "This car has a special past, which makes it even more desirable to collectors and enthusiasts."
The second Countach up for grabs is a rare 1983 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S, one of only 320 examples built and amongst just a handful of right-hand drive models in existence.
The car has an impressive regal heritage, having originally been owned by Prince Salman Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and it spent five years in his ownership in Saudi Arabia before returning to the UK for a full restoration.
With only 30,000 miles on the clock, and having spent the past few years stored in a bespoke, heated and dehumidified storage facility in Mallorca, the car will now be offered with an estimate of £275,000-£325,000 ($390,230-$461,190).
The auction takes place at the world-famous Silverstone race circuit on Friday May 20.