Italian exotic auto manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini are known worldwide for producing some of the worlds most outrageous looking and extremely fast supercars. This especially applies to the flagship models within Lamborghini’s model range at any given time, like the Miura, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago and more recently the Aventador S. I personally love a big Lamborghini, why? Well who doesn’t love a big Lamborghini? And every big Lamborghini to date has the ability to bring out the inner nine year old in just about anyone, and that is something to be very proud of as not many supercars, or even hypercars for that matter can do.
When it comes down to my all time favourite flagship Lamborghini model, it is between the Diablo and the Aventador S and if I could only choose one, I would be driving home in the stunning Lamborghini Diablo, I bet you didn’t expect that. Why the Diablo? Well my fascination with the Lamborghini Diablo started when I was just five years old playing with and admiring a blue Matchbox Lamborghini Diablo toy car which my parents bought for me. I was fascinated by the Lamborghini trademark “Wedge Design” of the Diablo as well as the fact that the Diablo was rear engined, which up until that point I had no idea that rear engined cars even existed.
However, today the Lamborghini Diablo still remains at the top of my “Supercars To Own Before You Die” list. Unfortunately these Italian icons are now extremely rare and highly desirable amongst Lamborghini enthusiasts and petrolheads alike, therefore they are not that easy to find. However, from time to time a good example will come up for sale or auction, and as expected these examples attract alot of attention and change hands for eye watering amounts of money, which is not hard to see or understand why. However, if you’ve always wanted to own a Diablo and you have not been able to acquire one yet, not all hope is lost.
Recently I received a tip regarding a Lamborghini Diablo which is heading to auction next month, however this particular Lamborghini Diablo is not just any old Diablo, it is a rather special one. This is it, what you are looking at ladies and gentlemen is a 1991 Lamborghini Diablo. So what is so special about it? Well this exact 1991 Lamborghini Diablo was once owned by motorsport legend Mario Andretti, yes you did read that correctly. Even though Mario Andretti never raced for Lamborghini, that never prevented him from owning a few Lamborghini’s.
According to the auction listing for this Lamborghini Diablo, Mario Andretti purchased his Diablo new in 1991 and when Andretti was not driving his coveted Diablo, it was stored at his home in Nazareth, Pennsylvania alongside yet another highly desirable Lamborghini model, a Countach 25th Anniversary Edition which also featured a red exterior paint finish. As we can see from the images featured in this article, Andretti’s Diablo seems to be in excellent condition, however the vehicle did receive some cosmetic care recently in the form of a new Diablo Rosso paint finish and a new windshield.
This immaculate 1991 Lamborghini Diablo also retains its attention grabbing rear wing, which was an optional extra selected by Mario Andretti when he purchased this Diablo. Inside, this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo features an all original tan leather interior with black leather upper dashboard padding, a black leather steering wheel and a black leather gear shifter knob. As mentioned earlier in this article, the interior is completely original except for a new sterio head unit.
Powering this Lamborghini Diablo is a massive 5.7 litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine, which is good for 485 hp (392 kW) and 580 Nm of torque. The Diablo’s 5.7 liter, naturally aspirated V12 engine was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission which would send all of the engines power directly to the rear wheels. As a result of this set-up, the Lamborghini Diablo could sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds and on to a manufacturers claimed top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph). Last year this Lamborghini Diablo’s engine benefited from a thorough service, and it’s clutch, starter and gaskets were all replaced too. Since new this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo has covered a mere 22,300 miles, with Mario Andretti behind the wheel of course.
If you are interested in getting your hands on Mario Andretti’s 1991 Lamborghini Diablo, it will be crossing the auction block at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale without reserve on 8 March, 2019. According to auction house RM Sotheby’s, this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo is expected to sell for between $150,000 – $175,000 but I think it will sell for alot more once bidders realise that Mario Andretti once sat in the drivers seat. This 1991 Lamborghini Diablo will also be sold with all the relevant documentation, including a copy of the vehicle’s original Pennsylvania title listed in Mario Andretti’s name. As the old saying goes “if it’s good enough for Mario Andretti then it’s good enough for anyone.”
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