Lamborghini Diablo With 17K Miles Is What Supercar Dreams Are Made Of
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 cross the auction block, and as expected these examples attract alot of attention and change hands for eye watering amounts of money. However, if you’ve always wanted to own a Lamborghini Diablo and you have not been able to acquire one yet not all hope is lost because while browsing the Internet recently I came across this. What you are no doubt drooling over ladies and gentlemen is a 1991 Lamborghini Diablo and this particular example is currently listed for auction on BringATrailer. According to the official vehicle listing, this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo was sold new by Scottsdale Lamborghini in Arizona, it is a US spec car and it has covered a mere 27,000 kilometres (17,000 miles) in its lifetime, which isn’t too bad considering that this Diablo is nearly three decades old.
Starting with the exterior, this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo seems to be in showroom fresh condition apart from a few minor exterior blemishes. As a result, when you look closely at this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo you will find a small chip above the rear grille and a slight touched-up section under the right headlight. Apart from the aforementioned blemishes this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo features an immaculate white exterior paint finish which has recently received a GTechniq ceramic coating and an expert polish. Staying with the exterior, this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo features an eye catching set of 17-inch OZ Racing wheels which have been wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tyres. Inside, you will find a black leather interior with sport seats, red piping and a period correct Alpine audio system. Overall both the interior and exterior of this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo is pretty basic but that’s what makes 90’s supercars so special in today’s techno-gadget age.
Powering this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo is a 5.7 litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine which delivered an impressive 485 hp (392 kW) and 580 Nm of torque when new. Mated to the 5.7 liter, naturally aspirated V12 engine is a good old fashioned 5-speed manual transmission (no fancy dual clutch transmission here!) which sends all available 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) which was extremely impressive in the early 1990’s. According to the official vehicle listing this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo received a $14,000 engine out service which saw the “resealing of the intake, exhaust system, and engine as well as installation of a rebuilt water pump assembly. The valve covers were also refinished and a new distributor cap, spark plugs, and accessory belts fitted.”
Staying with the mechanicals, this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo has had its clutch and pressure plate refurbished, its flywheel resurfaced and an all new clutch slave cylinder installed too. As mentioned earlier in this article, this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo is currently up for auction on BringATrailer and at the time of writing this article the highest bid was $145,000 with less than a day remaining of the auction. According to the seller, this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo will also be sold with its original keys and owners manuals in their original leather pouch.
Steve & Chris Parry are contributors from stevespeedza.blogspot.com