1991 Lamborghini Diablo
Year of manufacture1991
Chassis n° ZA9DE07AONLA12446
- In superb origin
- Only 5,474 km from new
- An iconic model
- World Champion Keke Rosberg's Diablo!
The Lamborghini Diablo does not deny its origins and, in outline, takes the original architecture of the Countach, defined by Paolo Stanzani in 1971. The powertrain is still placed at the rear central position longitudinally, and the gearbox and its lever protrudes into the cabin. The twelve-cylinder engine is similar to the Countach "Quattro Valvole" of 1985, but many changes have been made it more docile. Compared to the 5.2 liter engine of the Countach 25th anniversary, the Diablo sees its displacement developed to 5.7 liters. The exceptional engine is not only powerful and strong, but also flexible. It was the in-house developed electronic injection system, using parts from Weber-Marelli that did the trick, along with a catalytic converter. With 492bhp, the Diablo surpassed the Testarossa by 122 horses! The performance is amongst the most exciting for this kind of a supercar: a Diablo was clocked at over 320 km/h on the track. The multi-tubular steel frame showed the architecture of the Countach except that the central cage was dimensionally bigger and stronger, and front and rear sub frames were designed to absorb violent shocks. The central beam was made of composite material. And of course it was Marcello Gandini who was given the brief to design the Lamborghini Diablo. Gandini, who had already designed the Espada, the Countach and the Miura, managed another design tour de force. If the Diablo was an evolution of the Countach, lengthening the wheelbase by 15cm allowed Gandini to design a longer and smoother form, which was much less stocky.
The Diablo we are offering is the car of a Formula 1 World Champion. It was actually delivered new to the famous Finnish Keijo Erik "Keke" Rosberg, who won the F1 World Championship in 1982 in a Williams. He went on to take delivery directly from the factory on November 8, 1991. Keke drove his brand new car to his Monaco home where it was parked in a heated and air-conditioned garage. The car's first maintenance service was performed at 2,000km in April 1993; it can be seen on the service manual supplied with the car. The tires are from 1991 and are the original ones but this Diablo will come with four new tires too. The last maintenance invoice dated from 16th of September this year was at 5,328 km, carried out at P3 Automobiles, in Cannes. Rosberg owned the car until last year, when it was acquired by the current owner. The car is in "as new" condition, with only 5,474 kms on the odometer. The interior is superb at all levels. It will be delivered with its manuals and books. This first model of the Diablo was the purest. And when one considers the origin of this particular car, plus its extremely low mileage... this Diablo must be the most stunning in the market today.