Lot 282 - 1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT
|Odometer reading||13,622 km|
|Estimate||£130,000 - £160,000|
|Result||Sold - £136,640|
The Diablo was presented to the public for sale on January 21st 1990. 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. It could reach 62mph in about 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 202mph. The Diablo was rear-wheel drive and the engine was mid-mounted to aid its weight balance. The Diablo came better equipped than the Countach and had standard features including fully adjustable seats and steering wheel, electric windows, an Alpine stereo system and power steering from 1993 onwards. Anti-lock brakes were not initially available although they would eventually be used. A few options were available, including a custom-moulded driver's seat, remote CD changer and subwoofer, rear spoiler, factory fitted luggage set and an exclusive Breguet clock for the dash. Carrying on Lamborghini's tradition of naming its cars after breeds of fighting bull, the Diablo was named after a ferocious bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century, famous for fighting an epic battle with 'El Chicorro' in Madrid on July 11, 1869. In the words of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the Diablo was designed ‘solely to be the biggest head-turner in the world.’
This rare righthand drive 1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT, four-wheel drive, was ordered in London but the UK agent changed so it was purchased and collected new by the only owner directly from the factory and was registered in Italy This excellent example has only covered 13,622 kilometres from new – the equivalent of around 8,500 miles. Supplied with active suspension, rear wing and Kevlar seats, it has been fully maintained and kept in his private collection of classic cars. In 2001, the gearbox was rebuilt by Lamborghini London and it has recently received a service. Finished in Rosso Diablo with cream leather interior, this rare Diablo has recently been registered in the UK and is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in August 2018 and a copy of the specification sheet from Lamborghini. The original handbook pack contains the owner’s manual and service book. Jeremy Clarkson was not exaggerating when he said the Diablo was a huge head turner – and this model will certainly attract many admirers and is certainly an investment for the future.
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