An INCREDIBLY rare Lamborghini found abandoned after missing for decades has now sold for over £1million.
The stunning 1975 Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’ tragically spent its golden years in a garage until it was discovered.
The luxury engine – one of only 150 ever built – has been gathering dust in a luxury chateau on a French island off La Rochelle.
Billed as “the first modern supercar,” it was bought in 1983 by a reclusive millionaire with a flair for offbeat engines.
It was the first Lamborghini Countach to be shipped new to France – and is even one of the first models to be made.
It proudly bears the production number 9 – which only adds to the allure of the elusive and exclusive Lamborghini.
The secretive owner is said to have bought it second-hand in 1983 and put it through its paces for 30 years.
He then decided to store the supercar in a garage on his property, having accumulated just 54,406 miles on the clock.
With a 375hp 3.9 V12 engine under the rear hood, six carburetors and a five-speed manual transmission, the Periscopio is a force to be reckoned with.
That’s why car fanatics are so surprised it’s been tucked away dormant for almost a decade.
The bold design, featuring a wedge shape and sharp-edged lines, proved a hit with petrolheads – even if its structure meant reduced visibility.
Despite its 10-year hiatus from the streets, the silver sports car is still in “exceptional” condition, according to French auction house Artcurial.
The original interior of the iconic Italian supercar also remains in “superb” condition, making it a hot topic in the automotive world.
It is scheduled to be auctioned by Artcurial at an international classic car show in Paris from February 1-5, 2023.
Fans will flock to the Rétromobile show for a glimpse of the extraordinary supercar – before the bidders compete for it.
Experts expect the Periscopio to fetch up to £1million.
Rod Stewart used to be the happy owner of a 1975 Countach LP400 Periscopio.
The British rock star bought the engine on a whim while touring Australia – before buying a Lamborghini Miura P400 S.
The latter was later auctioned for a staggering £1.4million after undergoing a £260,000 restoration.
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