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1989 LHD Countach Anniversary
Chassis Number KLA12692 is this
Bianco Leather interior,
Other Information: one of 2 cars used in the "Wolf of Wall Street" movie.
for sale at Bonhams 'On the Grid' The Abu Dhabi Auction 25 November 2023, Estimate: US$1,500,000 - US$2,000,000.
The advert read:
The legendary Hero Car from Martin Scorsese's modern masterpiece, The Wolf of Wall Street, complete with authenticity documentation
• A rare US-spec 25th Anniversary model finished in Bianco Polo over Bianco interior
• Preserved in as-filmed condition & a time capsule of the era's extravagant debauchery
• Includes a Jordan Belfort costume, a director's chair and a clapboard, both signed by Scorsese, DiCaprio, and Robbie, 2 crew hoodies, and 2 DVDs of the film
• The ultimate collector's Item, and a legendary piece of cinematic history
Now, let's turn the spotlight on the true star of the show – the 1989 Lamborghini Countach, VIN ZA9CAOSA6KLA12692. Finished in sleek Bianco Polo over Bianco and complete with eyepopping scissor doors, the Hero Car is one of 658 25th Anniversary Editions produced. This unparalleled automotive icon isn't your run-of-the-mill Lamborghini; it's the very vehicle that had you contemplating quitting your day job for a Wall Street escapade!
The Hero Car steals the spotlight starring alongside none other than Leonardo DiCaprio in some of cinema's most unforgettable scenes. This bad boy commands the screen for an astonishing 3 minutes and 11 seconds of nonstop thrills throughout the film. And let us assure you, those minutes are pure cinema gold.
In the film's most memorable moments, DiCaprio's character, Jordan Belfort, desperately crawls to the Hero Car after taking Lemmons 714, the holy grail of Quaaludes. Using his foot, Belfort successfully opens one of the Hero Car's scissor doors and struggles to pull himself inside. Halfway in, he gets a call from his wife Naomi, played by Robbie, and has a comically slurred conversation with her. Ultimately, he gets himself fully inside the Hero Car and drives home, ostensibly without incident.
The Hero Car also starred in the subsequent scenes, where Belfort's actual drive home is revealed in flashback. During the drive, he collides with several vehicles and objects, all while remaining blissfully oblivious to the chaos around him. The Hero Car was used in the actual stunt sequences, which included swerving with its scissor door open, collisions with other vehicles, and hitting various objects such as a sign and a mailbox. Miraculously, the Hero Car emerged from these stunts with minimal damage. So, per the direction of Scorsese, the crew used an additional car and a flatbed truck to inflict additional damage to the Hero Car for a more wrecked appearance. The iconic sequence reaches its climax with Belfort's arrest outside his home, leaving behind the unforgettable image of the wrecked Hero Car in the audience's memory.
Since its final scene wrapped, the Hero Car has been meticulously preserved in the same condition it last flaunted on the big screen, an undisturbed time capsule of the film's unbridled debauchery and infamous extravagance. For the first time since its cinematic debut, the Hero Car emerges from its sanctuary.
But what about the other Lamborghini, the Backup Car, you ask? Well, it's easy to overlook. Blink, and you might miss it. The production rented a second Lamborghini to serve merely as a Backup Car. This Backup Lamborghini, chassis number ZA9CA05A0KLA12722, only appears on screen for approximately 16 seconds in two brief shots. The first shot was executed by the production's second unit crew and the Backup Car was driven by a stunt double. The second is the only shot in the entire film where DiCaprio interacts with the Backup Car, which is only partially visible, and DiCaprio's character is briefly seen exiting it.
At the time of its use in the film, the Backup Car was notably different from the Hero Car. Among the many differences, the Backup Car lacked a rear wing, had a black-and-white steering wheel, and had a completely different "European Market" front bumper. In the 2 brief shots where the Backup Car was used, the Hero Car's rear wing had to be temporarily transferred to it, so that it mirrored the Hero Car's iconic look. Afterward, the rear wing was reattached to the Hero Car. As for the Backup Car's black-and-white steering wheel and completely different front bumper, they both remain on screen, which disrupts continuity and highlights the Backup Car's minimal use in the film.
The facts provided are supported by the film itself, still photographs, behind-the-scenes footage, and accompanying letters of authenticity from key members of the filmmaking team. One such letter states, "the Lamborghini Countach with VIN ZA9CA05A6KLA12692 is the one and only Hero Car used in The Wolf of Wall Street."
In addition to this cinematic gem, one lucky buyer will become the proud owner of one of only four of the film's most iconic costumes - complete with shoes. This costume features in the unforgettable scene, in which DiCaprio's character, high on Quaaludes, desperately crawls to the Hero Car and recklessly drives home. The A-List package also includes a director's chair and a clapboard, both signed by the illustrious trio: Scorsese, DiCaprio, and Robbie, not just one, but two original crew hoodies, and two DVDs of the film.
Information on this car was sourced from Countach-Register / bonhams.com.
More details of this car can be seen at this link https://cars.bonhams.com/auction/28793/preview-lot/5779829/1989-lamborghini-countach-25th-anniversary-coupe-chassis-no-za9ca05a6kla12692/
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