Some of Sir Rod Stewart's most famous songs are "The Rhythm of My heart" and "All for love" sung with Sting and Brian Adams in 1993 as part of "The Three Musketeers" soundtrack. But the list is way longer than that. He was also inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 1994, and there's a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame with his name on it.
But, like any other rock artist, he couldn't drive just any mundane vehicle he could find at Hertz. Instead, he needed something flashy to stand out from the crowd, so he chose a Lamborghini Countach LP400 "Periscopio." A vehicle that could outrun most of the cars from its era with its 186 mph (300 kph) declared top speed. Some people said that, actually, the car was able to reach up to 200 mph (322 kph).
But just like the Miura, the Countach was penned by the same magical hand of Marcello Gandini while he was working at Bertone. Of course, the wedged-shaped vehicle looked completely different from the waved-shaped predecessor. Still, its lines were so beautiful that the car was produced until 1990. It was on the posters of boys' dorms around the world. It was that famous. Nevertheless, it also starred in the "Cannonball Run" movie, albeit in a more powerful version.
But the Periscopio was the first batch. Allegedly, there were about 157 units ever made (150 according to other sources), and they were different. The LP500 prototype featured a mirror that allowed the driver to look behind the car through a small window and a tunnel sculptured on the roof. Bob Wallace and Ferruccio Lamborghini liked that, so the production model came fitted with a similar design. However, it was already useless since Gandini had already managed to install a proper (albeit tiny) rear window just in front of the engine cover.
Also, from the design point of view, the car showed unique features such as the lift-up doors, which later on became known as "Lambo doors" in car culture. That unusual concept allowed customers to park their vehicles easier just by opening the doors and sitting on the seat's edge while looking behind.
The car that you see here was owned by Sir Rod Stewart for 25 years, and, as expected, he took good care of it. When he returned to Los Angeles, the car went with him. But the artist wanted something special for his supercar. As a result, he looked around and chose Albert Mdikian Engineering to upgrade the vehicle. Thus, the local shop added a wide body kit and transformed the fixed-roof vehicle into a targa roof. Unfortunately, these modifications are no longer present in the car. Also, compared to many other Lamborghini vehicles, it features some switches marked in English, not Italian.
Ten years after the car left the factory from Sant'Agata Bolognese, this red LP400 "Periscopio" arrived in the United Kingdom, where it stayed in Rod Stewart's possession until 2002, when he finally parted with it. The second owner, though, sent the car to a shop for ample work on it. It was then that the car had the steering wheel moved on the left side. In addition, it is believed that the shop also overhauled the engine.
Come 2013, the car was sold again via a Paris dealer. But the new owner didn't like the modifications made to this LP400 "Periscopio" and returned it to the original specifications, albeit the steering wheel stayed on the left. At the time of press, this red Lambo was still under work, so the final result will be a wholly overhauled vehicle. Thus, the new (next) owner will have the pleasure of driving this beauty right after they'll buy it.