LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP400 SPIDER (ex-ROD STEWART)
Al Mardikian, a Californian distributor of the most beautiful and rare European exotics, was surrounded by a controversial reputation, due to the fact that some of the extraordinary cars that he offered to his whealthy clients were not "fully" compliant with Federal regulations ... Mardikian inspired the first scenes of "Rain Man", when Tom Cruise unsuccessfully tries to clear the US customs for a bunch of Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari... In addition, Mardikian created some of the the "Miami Vice" very special sports cars, that remain worldwide famous.
This LP400 Spider is mentionned and pictured in most books relating the History of Lamborghini, and all enthusiasts know this over-outrageous version of the iconic Countach LP400. It's one of the very few open-top classic Lamborghini, all of which are extremely sought-after by collectors (Miura Roadster Bertone, Miura SVJ Spider, Touring 400GT spider, Pregunta, Raptor...).
This Countach LP400 #1120262 was delivered on June 14th, 1977. It belonged for many years to Rod Stewart, a well-known Lamborghini enthusiast, who also owned two Miuras and a Diablo. The car was ordered in RHD as indicated in the factory documents ; however, since Rod Stewart was based in the USA at the end of the seventies, the car was then put in LHD configuration.
First driven in Hollywood and surroundings, this car was re-imported into Europe (London) where it remained until 2002, with the English registration RMK 651 R (R stands for registrations made between August 1976 and July 1977). It remained very probably unused or scarcely driven during many years, before being purchased by the second and last owner, a man who launched a complete restoration of the engine 3000 km ago, by one of the best specialists.