The last ‘proper’ Lamborghini could be yours – if you’ve got around £170,000 to spare
As cars go, it’s a landmark one.
This 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV is believed to be the very last example to leave the famous Italian sports car maker’s Sant’Agata factory before Volkswagen took full ownership of the marque – thereby making it the last ‘proper’ Lambo.
And now it could be yours – it’s going under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show.
This important piece of Lamborghini history is also believed to be the last Diablo imported into the UK, as well as being the final Diablo SV to roll off the production line. All of that considered, its estimate of between £150,000 to £170,000 seems pretty reasonable, though don’t be surprised, if passionate enough bidders turn up to the NEC sale in Birmingham on March 6, if it gets well beyond that.
Bearing the registration plate V12 SVR, it left the factory on December 21, 1999, as Lamborghini shut down for the Christmas break and celebrated the end of the century.
For the previous few months the Volkswagen Group had been in financial control of the company, but the end of that year marked a turning point. From the beginning of 2000 Teutonic efficiency began to replace the magic of Italy in terms of the bloodline, style and general madness of the Italian supercars.
Managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “It’s a delight to be able to offer this fantastic part of Lamborghini history in the year of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. “The Diablo is a wonderful car that truly represents everything the marque is famous for.”
A right-hand-drive example, the car has covered just over 32,000 miles in its life so far and is finished in what the auctioneers believe could be a one-off pearl red/orange, combined with a grey/black leather/alcantara interior.
If you’re not salivating enough by now – and wondering whether selling the house and/or kids or your internal organs would be acceptable – this car is in original condition, including such details as the original Lambo tool roll, original tyre inflator and a custom-made fleece-lined indoor car cover in red, with embroidered Lamborghini logo.
It also had a £10,000 chassis and suspension restoration in 2013, a full geometry setup carried out by Grimaldi Engineering in the same year and it has been serviced and given a new MOT.
Nick added: ”Owning a Diablo SV is a dream for most people, however if purchasing one is an option for you, then the appeal of this Lamborghini 'Devil' may be too much to resist.”