Hardly ever ridden: Lamborghini Diablo in brand new condition
Feel like DMX († 2021) at “Exit Wounds”! In the 2001 film, the rapper walks into an upscale auto shop, buys a new silver Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster—and pays in cash. In the same year, production of the Lamborghini Diablo was discontinued with the special model VT 6.0 SE, only 44 were made; which makes it nearly impossible to buy a new Diablo today. But there are exceptions!
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A black Lamborghini Diablo was recently fetched the equivalent of over €375,000 ($399,226) in the US. The amazing thing is that the 1994 Diablo changed hands with just 1299 kilometers (807 miles) on it, so it’s in fairly new condition.
Unfortunately, it is unknown why Diablo hasn’t even moved 1,300 kilometers in the past 28 years. This is all about the history: The black/black Lambo has been accident free and has been serviced regularly (last in February 2021).
In pictures, the 492 hp Diablo looks very neat – no wonder, given the low mileage.
Diablo ran 325 km/h – at least
The Lamborghini Diablo came to the market in 1990 as the successor to the legendary Countach (now also available as a new edition LPI 800-4) and was meant to outdo its predecessor in all disciplines. The displacement of the V12 has increased from the last 5167 ccm on the Countach to 5707 ccm.
The “base version” Diablo produces 492 hp and 580 Nm of torque, which should be enough for a top speed of 325 km/h. In various tests, the Diablo, which is only 4.46 meters long but 2.04 meters wide, was even faster: on the test track in Nardo, Italy, a Diablo was said to reach 337 km/h.
There are many Diablo special models
Initially, the Diablo, designed by Marcello Gandini, was only available with rear-wheel drive, before the all-wheel drive Diablo VT was added in 1993. In both versions, the naturally aspirated V12 produced 492 hp.
During the next construction period, there were not only several revisions, including the pop-up headlights being replaced by lights from the Nissan 300ZX; there are also a large number of special models and small series.
The example shown here is a very low-mileage early Diablo, of which around 400 were made. However, we’re not talking about the more sought-after specific models like the SE30, SV, GT or GT-R, which are usually even more expensive. Against this backdrop, the price of over 375,000 euros is quite remarkable and follows a clear trend.
Price only knows one way
The price of the Lamborghini V12 has been steadily increasing for some time – regardless of whether it’s the Countach, Diablo or Murcielago. With the announcement of the end of production of the Aventador (again as the ultimae to the finale), an era also ended in Lamborgini.
The Aventador successor will still come with a V12 sucker, but with electric support. As is often the case in life, certain things are only appreciated when they are no longer available.
It’s no surprise then that Lamborghini’s V12 super sports car has recently risen in value – especially in the US.
Overseas, the hand-moved Murcielago LP640 is now trading at an incredible amount – and it seems Diablo is slowly following suit. This price trend can also be seen in Germany.
While there were still early Diablos priced at 100,000 euros in the country a few years ago, Diablos are no longer available for less than 220,000 euros.
Last Lambo before being taken over by Audi
The reason for this hype is very simple: Modern cars are becoming more and more digital, the driving experience is becoming more arbitrary. The Diablo is a legend some 30 years after its presentation and at the same time the last Lamborghini made without the help of Audi (but under the direction of Chrysler).
By the way, in the movie “Exit Wounds”, the silver Diablo VT Roadster costs $ 285,000. DMX pays $300,000 in cash.