This 1976 Lamborghini Countach Originally Had Hand Controls Only


Its first owner was a paraplegic. He found a way to drive this.

We’ve been seeing early examples of the Lamborghini Countach, before the additional 1980s body cladding, come up for auction in recent years, and each one being a gem. Not to mention special. Same goes for this 1976 Countach LP400. It’ll be up for auction next month at RM Auction’s Monterey event at Pebble Beach, and interested buyers will find its history to be fascinating. Supposedly, the LP400 ‘Periscopio’ is the most desirable Countach iteration made over the car’s 16-year production run.

This particular Countach was build number 86, and it’s finished in Blu Tahiti over a Tobacco interior. Upon completion in Italy it was shipped to Canada in early 1976, and its first owner soon took possession. Now, this wasn’t your typical supercar owner, let alone driver. A one Paul Marshall was a paraplegic, and he was determined to drive one of the then finest and most exotic supercars on the planet around his hometown of Toronto. He had hand controls installed, and enjoyed every moment being behind the wheel. The car was later sold to its second owner who also enjoyed driving it around Toronto in the early 1990s. A few years later it was placed into storage, specifically a climate-controlled facility, with the fluids drained.

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It remained there for two decades. More recently, it was sent to a Toronto-based Lamborghini specialist and fully restored, original V12 engine and all. The work was good enough to earn the Countach a spot at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2013. It placed 2nd in the Lamborghini class. And now it’s seeking a new owner, someone who will equally enjoy driving this luscious Italian exotic regardless of physical impairments. The auction house estimates it’ll go for between $900,000 and $1,200,000. Photos courtesy of RM Auctions.

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