It's not just any car; it's a cultural artifact. The white Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary, immortalized by Leonardo DiCaprio's character Jordan Belfort in the film "The Wolf of Wall Street", is poised to make a grand entrance at RM Sotheby's auction this December.
Behind the Wheel and On-Screen: The Countach's Iconic Legacy
While the Countach 25th Anniversary model has seen over 650 iterations produced by Lamborghini, only 23 hold the unique Bianco Polo white shade, akin to the one spotlighted in the movie.
Horacio Pagani, the visionary founder of the Pagani Automobili company, lent his expertise in crafting visual enhancements to this specific model. Among these enhancements are a redesigned front, rear bumpers, and characteristic intakes gracing the area behind the doors.
Although the design has stirred debates among car enthusiasts, there's a unanimous nod to its unparalleled performance. Boasting speeds that whisk the car from 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds, and a dizzying top speed of 295 km/h, it remains the fastest variant of the original Countach.
However, its cinematic claim to fame is a scene where an inebriated Belfort disastrously attempts to navigate it home. The subsequent wreck of the luxury vehicle is one for the ages.
The Mystery of the Movie Car
Rumors have swirled around the fate of the doomed car used in that unforgettable scene.
Word has it that Martin Scorsese, the movie's director and co-producer, wasn't satisfied with a mere replica. He purportedly insisted on utilizing the genuine Countach, emphasizing authenticity. Yet, the jury remains out on whether the ill-fated car in the movie was a bona fide Countach 25th Anniversary or a doppelganger modified for resemblance.
A Piece of Hollywood Up for Grabs
For aficionados yearning for a slice of Hollywood, this is a golden opportunity. The untouched twin of the Lamborghini from the movie, bearing the chassis number KLA12722, awaits its new home post the December auction at RM Sotheby's in New York.
It's a vehicle that has crossed boundaries from automotive magnificence to cinematic infamy. And with an estimated price tag hovering around a cool two million dollars, it's sure to be a showstopper even off the screen.