Auction Alert: Rod Stewart's 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition Up for Grabs
Did you miss out on Rod Stewart's Lamborghini Miura a few years ago? Do you still regret not being able to drive it? Here's your chance to own another Raging Bull that spent some time in the rocker's collection before being sold to the public.
A 1989 Countach 25th Anniversary edition that was once owned by the "Maggie May" singer has just appeared for auction on Bring a Trailer, one of the site's most popular auction websites. The car wasn't just driven a couple of times by Stewart; he held on to it well into the next decade, even after he had no longer a need for it.
When you say goodbye to a vehicle like the Countach, one that changed how people view sports cars, how do you do it? Lamborghini's 25th Anniversary edition was its answer. As part of its plan to retire the iconic supercar, the brand tapped Horacio Pagani to work on a reworking of Marcello Gandani's original design and make it even bolder. And that wasn't the only thing Horacio Pagani did, though.
The chassis and engine of the car have both been upgraded, making it the fastest and most refined version of the car in its class. In fact, only 658 examples of the original Countach were built between 1988 and 1990, and today it is considered by many to be the ultimate version of the car.
Black glossy paint covers Stewart's 25th Anniversary edition's sharp lines and enlarged aerodynamic elements. Although the car is a US-spec example, it has been fitted with the less chunky European bumper and multi-part OZ racing wheels since leaving the factory.
The subtle modifications make the car look even more athletic, although most people won't notice them. While the Countach's infamously cramped interior comes with an Alpine CD stereo, it is covered in black leather.
A 5.2-liter DOHC V12 engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and a five-speed manual transmission are found in the engine bay. It is estimated that when the car was brand new, its massive engine was capable of pumping out 455 horsepower and 370 ft lbs of torque. As a result of all that oomph, the car was able to accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, and it reached a top speed of 185 mph.
In reality, this example has been driven since it left the factory, but its odometer shows just 7,300 miles because it hasn't been driven much since then. This car comes with all its original hardware, though its brake master cylinder, battery, and brake calipers have all been replaced and rebuilt.
As Stewart had taken delivery of the car in 1989, he sold it six years later. After it was sold to its current owner by the second owner's family last year, it was owned by the second owner's family until last year.
Would you be interested in purchasing the old Countach that was once owned by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member? There will be a deadline for you to place a bid on the car next Tuesday, March 14. By the time of writing this article, bidding had reached $350,000, but it is expected that that number will rise in the coming days as more bids are placed.
A 25th Anniversary Edition has a value of $405,000 according to Hagerty, and an example sold earlier this year for $775,000 according to RM Sotheby's.A 25th Anniversary Edition has a value of $405,000 according to Hagerty, and an example sold earlier this year for $775,000 according to RM Sotheby's.