While Enzo Ferrari was building the fame of his cars and brand on the race track since the early days of his Scuderia, his rival Ferruccio Lamborghini famously ignored motor racing – and placed all his money on building the perfect sports cars for the road. The company’s policy changed when in 1996, the Sant’Agata brand announced a mono brand trophy for privateers and presented the first-ever race car, the Lamborghini Diablo SV-R. Based on the Diablo SV, the lightweight race car upped the power, sported a stripped-out interior with roll cage and racing seats, plexiglass windows, cooling ducts in place of the headlights and a highly aerodynamic body work with a massive rear wing.
Of only 31 Lamborghini Diablo SV-Rs produced, the car that is now offered for sale by the Australian auction platform Trading Garage is production number 16. It was produced in 1996 and won the Super Trophy championship in 1998 with Fabio Santaniello. Two years later, the SV-R left Europe for Australia where it was campaigned in the Australian Nations Cup Championships. Sporting its famous sponsorship livery by Durex and Wilkinson Sword, the car has been fully restored back to race-ready specification, with current active invitations to the EU/US International GT Legends series which includes the prestigious Le Mans Classic event.
The online sale ends on February 28, so you better be quick to proceed to the lot details in the Classic Driver Market and make your bid.