1999 Lamborghini Diablo
Year of manufacture1999
Exterior brand colourMetallic Red
Interior brand colourAlcantara Grey
Generally speaking, being 'last' gets a bit of a bad press. Naturally there are exceptions to this, and I think that the last Lamborghini Diablo SV imported into the UK, the last Diablo SV off the production line in 1999, and, most importantly, the Last Lamborghini to leave Sant'Agata that Millenium, would certainly qualify as an exception. We are led to believe this car may be all of these, but until Lamborghini can confirm in writing that this is the case, we shall have to wait and see.
In January 1990, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. introduced their latest mid-engined, high performance sports car, and in keeping with their tradition of naming their cars after legendary fighting bulls, chose a ferocious example raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century known as "Diablo".
Prior to its introduction, the sharp and dramatic lines of the Marcello Gandini design were somewhat softened by the pen of Tom Gale and his presentation of the car opened to rave reviews. The two door, rear wheel drive, mid-engined coupé was powered by a 5.7 litre, V12 and about 490 horses found their way to the tarmac through a 5-speed manual transmission, resulting in a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.
The SV (super veloce) was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in 1995 and among the more significant changes was an increase in power to 517bhp, an adjustable rear spoiler and better brake cooling. In 1999, a face-lifted Diablo was launched, with a further hike in power output to 536bhp and 446 lb-ft of torque (aided by variable valve timing) with 0-60mph now an impressive 3.9 seconds and Kelsey-Hayes ABS was fitted as standard. There were a number of cosmetic changes to the interior and exterior, the most obvious of which was the replacement of the earlier pop-up headlamp units with fixed composite lenses and the new ergonomically improve dashboard.
This special Diablo SV left the factory on the 21st of December in 1999 immediately before they shut down for the Christmas break and their celebrations to mark the end of the Century. For the previous few months the Volkswagen Group had been in financial control of Lamborghini but the end of that year marked a turning point, and from the opening of 2000, Teutonic efficiency began to replace the magic of Italy in terms of the bloodline, style and general madness of Italian supercars.
The car is finished in, what we believe, may be a one-off colour of three-coat Pearl Red/Orange and was fitted with the optional (£3.5k) side skirts from the SE30 Monterey and the interior is in grey/black leather/alcantara with Lamborghini floor mats.
Originally registered as KCZ 7574 in Co.Antrim on 02-03-2000, our vendor is now the car's fourth owner having purchased it on 13-08-2010 from Top Gear Specialist Cars of Edinburgh with 25,569 miles recorded. Now registered V12 SVR, the odometer indicates around 32,200.
Now for sale through Silverstone Auctions, this wonderful Diablo is still very much original. The condition of the car is amazing for the year with no history of being damaged and although the paint has a few minor blemishes, as a result of its proximity to the road, they are hardly noticeable. The car drives superbly, particularly after a chassis and suspension restoration in 2013 at a cost of over £10k. The interior shows normal wear and tear but is in very good overall condition and again is original apart from from the new Alpine multi-media system with Sat-Nav, Ipod and Bluetooth connectivity which functions perfectly.
Four new Pirelli P-Zero 182 Asymetrics were fitted at the end of the suspension rebuild (600 miles ago) and a full geometry set-up was carried out by Grimaldi Engineering. They have also very recently (25th. Jan) serviced and MoTd the car and fitted a couple of battery conditioner leads to simplify charging the battery.
With the car, are the original Lamborghini tool roll with its appropriate tools, the original tyre inflator and a very posh, custom-made, fleece-lined indoor car cover in red with an embroidered Lamborghini logo.
The service history is intact from 2002 and there are MoTs from 2007 (20,019 miles), the missing bits and pieces probably as a result of frequent registration number changes, however all four owners are contactable and the vendor has a clear idea of the history of ZA9DE21A0XLA 12330 from day one.
There must have been enormous pride felt by those talented and passionate car builders at Sant'Agata as this last SV left its spiritual home fittingly painted in the colours of "The Devil"
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.