Lot 160 - 1992 Lamborghini Diablo Recreation
|Odometer reading||248 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,500|
The Diablo, or 'devil' in Spanish, was built between 1990 and 2001; it was the first Lamborghini capable of attaining a top speed in excess of 200mph. Its power came from a 5.7 litre, 48-valve version of the existing Lamborghini V12 featuring dual overhead cams and computer-controlled multi-point fuel injection, producing a maximum output of 492hp and 428 lb/ft of torque. The vehicle could reach 62mph in about 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 202mph. It was rear wheel drive and the engine was mid-mounted to aid its weight balance. In 1995, this model had a safety car role in Formula 1, most notably at the Canadian Grand Prix where, fortunately, it did not need to be officially deployed.
With prices for the Lamborghini Diablo on the rise, mainly because it is seen as the last true Lamborghini, a niche market has been created for those who covet the raging bull's aggressive looks and Italian flair without breaking the bank. This near exact recreation based on a Pontiac Bonneville is remarkably well built using many original Lamborghini parts including seats, lights and parts of the dashboard. The Pontiac 3.8 litre, V6 engine is coupled with an automatic transmission consequently alleviating the one true downfall of the Diablo, the notoriously heavy clutch! Offering power-assisted steering, it is offered for sale with an MoT test certificate valid until November 2017 and a UK V5 certificate. This recreation is certainly one of the best we have seen and, as such, should generate significant interest.
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