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Bidders battle for classic Countach

12 Jun 2014 at 15:23

An auction firm says the astonishing £337,120 paid for a 1982 Lamborghini Countach on Saturday set a new UK record for the model.

The Countach, the main lot at the Historics Auction at Brooklands Museum, nearly tripled its reserve price of between £120,000 and £160,000 as the competition for its ownership was unexpectedly high.

There was a round of applause in the hall when the winning bid from a private buyer was announced.

The car has driven just 8,500 miles and has been in storage for well over two decades.

Previously other Lamborghini models have proved more desirable for buyers than the Countach, but this puts it firmly back on their radar, according to director of the Historics Auction Edward Bridger-Stille.

Marcello Gandini, the man who created the model, is finally receiving the recognition he deserves, Mr Bridger-Stille added.

Another highlight of the sale was a 1969 Wood & Pickett Margrave Mini Cooper S, once owned by Denny Lane of the Moody Blues and Sir Paul McCartney's guitar technician John Hammel. It went for £40,320.

Copyright Press Association 2014