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Wednesday 30 November 2016


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Launched at the New York Motor Show in March 1959, the Austin-Healey 3000 retained the muscular good looks of its 100/6 predecessor while providing a useful increase in performance thanks to a larger-capacity version of the long-established C-Series engine. Over-bored to 2,912cc, the latter produced 124bhp, good enough for a top speed of 114mph with the optional hardtop in place. Otherwise, the car was much as before, though Girling front disc brakes were a welcome improvement. Introduced in 1961, the MkII in Convertible form brought improved practicality courtesy of a fixed foldaway top and winding windows. From now until the end of production the only model available would be the 2+2, the less popular two-seat version having been dropped.
The 3000 MkIII with 148bhp engine appeared early in 1964, to be followed later in the year by the Phase II version with increased ground clearance – addressing a long-term criticism – and revised rear suspension incorporating twin radius arms instead of a Panhard rod. Top speed was now 121mph and the 0-60mph time dipped below 10 seconds. Despite the antiquity of the basic design the big Healey remained as popular as ever, though increasingly stringent safety and emissions legislation meant that its days were numbered. By the time production ended in December 1967, over 16,000 Phase IIs – by far the most popular variant – had been built.
Originally a Right-hand drive home market model, this Phase II was restored just 3,000 miles ago, and comes with comprehensive related documentation and photographic record.
The car is finished in Colorado Red over ivory with black vinyl upholstery and walnut dashboard, while other noteworthy features include overdrive transmission, silver powder-coated wheels. A BMIHT certificate and Swansea V5 accompany the car

Since: 2010

Tuesday 29 November 2016

1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Coupé - BONHAMS NEWBOND STREET SALE

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1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Coupé

Registration no. H134 FLD
Chassis no. ZA9C005A0KLA12060

*Desirable last-of-the-line model
*One of 67 right-hand drive cars
*Delivered new in the UK
*Four private owners
*Regularly serviced and maintained
*Circa 39,500 kilometres (approximately 24,500 miles) from new


  • This is a unique opportunity to buy the only Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary model to be finished in striking Rolls-Royce Green with an immaculate matching green interior and Burgundy stitching, steering wheel, and gear lever – all features specially requested by Lamborghini's customer during its production in June 1990. Powered by the 5,167cc V12, this car delivers an impressive 0-60mph acceleration time of 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 183mph (295km/h). The truly remarkable fact is that it is still as powerful as many of today's modern super cars.

    The Anniversary was effectively a 'new' Countach, extensively redesigned both externally and internally. It was planned to sell the Anniversary in limited numbers, but it turned out to be the best selling Countach until the arrival of the Diablo. 67 cars were produced in right-hand drive configuration.

    The Countach will always be known as the masterpiece that kept Lamborghini afloat, with the 25th Anniversary edition being a fitting way to end production. Named to commemorate the company's 25 years as a car-maker, the 25th Anniversary Countach was mechanically very similar to the 5000QV but sported much-changed styling courtesy of Horatio Pagani.

    The rear air boxes were restyled and enlarged, while the vents behind them were changed so that they ran front-to-back instead of side-to-side. In addition, a new air dam and side skirting, both with air intakes, were fitted, and the taillights restyled to be narrower, with body-coloured panels replacing the upper and lower parts of the previous larger lights. These styling changes were striking on the 25-year-old design, and had the added benefit of improving the engine's cooling, a problem the powerful Countach had always struggled with. The Countach also featured 345/35R15 tyres, the widest available on a production car at the time. The Anniversary was produced from 1988 to 1990 when it was finally replaced by the Lamborghini Diablo. 

    An outstanding investment opportunity, this beautiful Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition was first registered in 1991 and has covered only 39,437 kilometres from new. The car has had only three owners, all true Lamborghini enthusiasts who have done their utmost to look after it to the best of their ability. Its specification includes a sports exhaust system, rear wing, air conditioning, electric seats, electric windows, original Alpine cassette player, 15" OZ two-piece split-rim alloy wheels, leather interior, leather steering wheel, lambs' wool rugs, roof spoiler, and two keys. All the of the aforementioned items are optional extras that were ordered at the time of production and have been retained.

    The Lamborghini's first keeper is unknown; however, the second keeper, Mr Ken Floyd, bought the car from Lancaster in East London in November 1995 (at 1,902 kilometres) and used it on a regular basis. The purchase price was £64,860. Mr Floyd owned the Lamborghini for approximately two years, and had it serviced at Carrera Sports (see invoices on file). 

    In December 1997, Lamborghini GB Ltd sold the Countach to Roger Brooks for £52,950. Mr Brooks had a rear wing fitted by AFN for £1,527 in 1998 at 24,000 kilometres. The car was serviced at Carrera Sports in 2000 at 29,605 kilometres, then again at Lamborghini High Wycombe at 29,872 kilometres. All invoices are available. Mr Brooks owned the car for a number of years in the UK before exporting it to Hong Kong in 2006 (full documentation on file).

    While in Hong Kong, the car was serviced and maintained at Kong Kei Service Centre. In 2007, Italian Motors in Hong Kong completed a major service with parts supplied by Lamborghini High Wycombe. In 2008, Italian Motors completed another service at 34,621 kilometres and a further service in 2009 at 35,106 kilometres.

    The car was out of the UK from September 2007 until August 2010 when it returned. It was serviced at Emblem Sportscars in January 2011 (at 36,660 kilometres) and over the next few months had major works carried out, a total of £7,500 being spent. Emblem Sportscars then sold the Countach to Mr Geoff Forty for approximately £87,000 on 8th August 2012. Mr Forty did not use the car on a regular basis, and Paul Forty Bentley Racing carried out all maintenance work for him in house

    The car was in Mr Forty's possession until 2016, and while in his ownership was certified by Lamborghini Automobili SpA (Certificate 25th Anniversary Edition). This certification states that the vehicle was produced in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy in June 1990, and confirms its chassis, engine, and gearbox identification numbers. It is signed by the Managing Director and CEO Rainer Seidl, and Head of Aftersales Paolo Gabrielli, a very rare authentication that adds value to the car.

    Serviced by Amari Supercars, Lamborghini specialists, in August 2016, the car received a detailed inspection - mechanically, cosmetically and electrically (both inside and out) - and was subject to some minor restoration work (see invoice on file). It will be freshly MoT'd prior to sale.

    The Countach comes complete with an impressive green presentation folder and its original leather binder containing the full service history, a quantity of MoT certificates, and details of all works carried out. Also included is confirmation of previous membership to the Lamborghini Club UK. The car also comes with the original price listings, plus the original key, tool kit, and fire extinguisher.

Since: 2010