One of only 158 Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopicas’ will be offered for sale in a forthcoming ‘Geared Online’ auction this month…
It was youthful Italian car designer, Marcello Gandini, who gave his time to the attention seeking and often mispronounced Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopica’ during his tenure at automotive design house Carrozzeria Bertone.
Successor to the legendary Miura P400, the LP400 Countach is, without doubt, one of the most iconic Italian sports cars to thrust itself out of the 70s and was unveiled in prototype form at the 1973 Geneva Auto Show and entered production the following year.
Flat glass, scissor doors, origami-like bodywork and even a periscope-style rearview mirror which did its best to give the driver some vision, albeit completely limited, to the rear of this classic, are just a handful of the quirky features this amazing car has to offer.
This 1975 Blu Metallizzato liveried car (Estimate: $900,000 – $1,100,000) with its matching-numbers engine and fascinating provenance, is one of only two examples sold to Saudi Arabia in 1975, this early-production Countach was later owned by collectors in Germany and Italy before settling with its current owner in the US.
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1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale
Joining the automotive Geared Online auction is a 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale. The Lancia Stratos was built to win the World Rally Championship. With a purpose-built chassis, Dino V-6 engine, and sensational Bertone bodywork, the Stratos took the racing scene by storm and went on to win three consecutive championship titles.
A road-going version of the Italian marque’s famed rally car, this HF Stradale, chassis 001599 was completed at Bertone’s Grugliasco works in 1975, finished in Dark Blue, and originally delivered to a customer in Milan.
1970 Alpine A110 1600S Group 4
The first winner of the World Rally Championship was an Alpine A110, an innovative French sports car that was first introduced in 1962 and uncompromisingly developed over the next decade. Of the many A110 variants produced, the car presented here is among the most desirable – a genuine example of the highly evolved 1600 VB model, of which approximately 800 were built between 1969 and 1972.
Delivered new to France, this A110 has a long and well-documented racing career, having been campaigned in over 150 events since 1970. Raced by noted Alpine driver Michel Bessac throughout the early 1970s, Bessac re-acquired the car in 1990 and gave the A110 a second career as a historic racer.
Professionally restored in period Group 4 specification, this particular Alpine has participated in the exclusive Tour Auto Optic 2000 in 2011 and 2012, and also took part in the Gstaad Classic and Rallye Neige et Glace.
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