This 1982 Countach is a former Geneva Motor Show display carThe LP500 S version of the Countach made its debut in 1982. And remarkably, it is listed as the very first example of this breed. Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni confirmed multiple aspects of the build present on this particular LP500 S. These include the LP400 S fenders plus the Campagnolo magnesium wheels. These are very rare, early production features, and the car was the very one on display at the 1982 Geneva Motor Show from Lamborghini. So any images of a Countach at that show are of this particular car.
It is one of the first five of the LP500 S variety, with 321 examples of the model produced in total. It is also one of five early cars with the 5L logo on the rear. Only 41,100 miles are shown on the odometer, meaning the car has hardly broken a sweat since 1982. Following its appearance in Geneva, the car was sold new in Italy to Aaron Rosen, with the car then shipped to Germany before it was then exported to the United States. There, it became the car of choice for the Quiet Riot guitarist.
Carlos Cavazo purchased the Countach in 1985
After the year 2000, the Countach was placed into long-term storage in Van Nuys, California. This at Franco Barbuscia’s exotic-car shop, Franco’s European Sports Cars. The car was towed there in December 2001 for a service, but the Countach remained there for over 20 years thanks to family and musical commitments from Cavazo. Barbuscia had the car in line for restoration, but he sadly passed away in 2021. So now, this rare and special Countach LP500 S is offered for sale in "as discovered" condition. Not quite a barn find, but pretty close to one.
The Countach is a very special survivorA recently discovered photo, shown in the listing for the car, reveals it on display at the 1982 Geneva Motor Show. The car looks pristine in that photo, a far cry from the dusty state that it now finds itself. It has been off the radar for over two decades but appears to remain in highly original condition. Most importantly, it is also highly complete, despite the loss of its original Weber carburetors. Details that reveal the car as the 1982 display car include the body number 72 stamped on the trunk lid as well as the engine covers.
The early 5S badging stands as proof that it is the exact model displayed in Geneva. The interior of the Countach looks to also be in excellent condition, a testament to the fact it has been in storage undercover for the last 20 years.