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Lot 47
1991 Lamborghini Diablo


Selling on Wednesday


• Only 12,507 km / 7,771 miles from new
• Exceptional original condition; properly serviced
• Factory Alpine stereo system with amplifier
• Iconic and sought-after model; factory ordered rear-wing delete


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5,709cc DOHC 60º V-12 engine, electronic sequential multi-point fuel injection, 492 HP at 7,000 RPM, five-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel Brembo cross-drilled disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension with wishbones; wheelbase: 104.3”

In April of 1992, Car and Driver magazine tested a new Lamborghini Diablo, prompting them to write, “Stand on the Diablo's throttle and you are rewarded with aural trauma. There is first a great whoosh of ingested atmosphere, followed by a booming, basso-profundo bellow that—inside, at least—sounds more like a big-block Chevy than an Italian V-12. The boom works out to 91 dBA, enough to annihilate the sweet Alpine stereo and CD player.” The Diablo certainly made an impression and these 200mph-plus top speed cars still impress today. After 17 years in production, the legendary Countach was replaced by the Diablo, which on its arrival was the fastest, most advanced, and most expensive Lamborghini ever built. First exhibited publicly in Monaco in January 1990, the Diablo improved on its illustrious predecessor in every way, setting a new benchmark in supercar design. Nobody would have been surprised to learn that it had been styled by Marcello Gandini, the man responsible for the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, for the family resemblance was obvious.

The use of carbon-fiber composite panels, first seen in the Countach Evoluzione model, was extended in the Diablo, which also featured revised suspension, capable of accommodating the envisaged future developments of four-wheel drive and active suspension. Stretched to 5.7 litres for the Diablo, Lamborghini's 48-valve V-12 engine gained fuel injection for the first time, producing a maximum of 492 horsepower. Of equal, if not greater significance, maximum torque went up to 428lb/ft, an improvement of 55% over the Countach. Catalytic converters were standard, enabling the reworked V-12 to meet emissions requirements worldwide. With more power and a lower drag coefficient than the Countach, the Diablo easily eclipsed its forebear, exceeding 200mph when tested. More importantly, its acceleration and top speed figures were marginally better than those of the Ferrari F40. The Diablo though, was not a limited-edition model like the latter, but a series production car with a luxuriously appointed interior reflecting its designers' intention to produce a civilized Gran Turismo, as suited to city streets and motorways as the racetrack. Its U.S. launch price was set at just over $200,000, making the Diablo one the world's most expensive cars. Four-wheel drive Diablo VT and Targa-style open roadster versions soon followed, and then came the Diablo SE (Special Edition), only 150 examples of which were built to celebrate Lamborghini's 30 years as a car manufacturer. Designed to appeal more to the enthusiast driver, a simpler and lighter two-wheel drive Diablo SV (Super Veloce) was introduced in 1995. The last Diablo left the Sant'Agata factory in 2006.

This stunning Diablo, finished from the factory in Bianco white with black leather, is presented in beautiful original condition, including the paintwork, having covered a mere 12,507 kilometres from new. It is an early model, and as such, it has no power steering. Notably, this car was ordered without a rear wing from the factory, adding to its sleek appearance. It features a factory Alpine stereo system with a large amplifier, factory two-piece 17' wheels, books and tool pouches. No modifications have been made and the Diablo is described as in working order in every aspect, including its flip-up headlights. Buttons are in working order and no "sticky" buttons or trim pieces are present. Always well-maintained, this car has been serviced at a Lamborghini dealer or at a Lamborghini specialty shop only, with its last service performed just this year. Low miles, unmodified and sleak rear-wing delete, this is truly an exceptional Diablo by any standard.

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