1995 • Lamborghini Diablo VT UNSOLD
Location of the lot Villeneuve-Loubet (06), France
Bullet point Sold new in France, regularly serviced and limited mileage
and also VT version with all-wheel drive
Engine capacity5707 cc
Number of cylinders12
Number of gears 5
Estimate €220,000 - 260,000
The audience that witnessed matador José Lara Jimenez's epic battle with a bull named "El Diablo" in 1869 could not have guessed that this same bull would, more than a century later, give its name to an Italian supercar that was named the world's fastest at its launch. Indeed, Ferruccio Lamborghini had chosen the bull as his emblem and, after the Miura and the Countach, the Diablo was a continuation of this tradition.
The Diablo was built on the Countach's architecture, with its 5.7-litre V12 engine positioned longitudinally at the rear. Its design, the work of Marcello Gandini and reworked by Chrysler - the company's owner at the time - was a synthesis of elegance and beastliness; a wild beast indeed, since it pulverized the 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds and could reach 325 km/h. Despite these solid genes, its hasty launch in 1990 led to reliability problems that took two years to resolve.
In response to customer feedback, from 1993 the brand launched an all-wheel drive version, the VT (Viscous Traction) which, thanks to a central viscous coupling derived from the LM002 4x4, allowed up to 25% of power to be transferred to the front wheels when the rear wheels lost traction. The VT also had reinforced brakes and a Koni suspension that could be adjusted in five different modes from inside the cabin, while its air intakes in the front bumper and redesigned interior distinguished it from the original versions. Other improvements included the installation of air conditioning as standard and power steering.
The example we are presenting belongs to this VT series, which is more usable. It was delivered new in Paris on 25 September 1995 by J.B. Automobiles, a Lamborghini importer located in the 16th arrondissement. The car was then sold to an Italian collector before being purchased on 19 October 2017 by its current owner, a French private individual who has driven approximately 3000 km in it. This supercar now has a total of 37760 original km, supported by its regularly stamped service book which mentions the last service performed in the manufacturer's network in May 2021, at 37571 km. It is also accompanied by its homologation form as well as the tool kit, the jack and the anti-puncture spray which compensates the absence of a spare wheel, in accordance with the origin. This collector's item has a normal French registration in the name of the seller and is not pledged or covered by a warranty.
The bodywork is painted in an elegant original "Silver Mist" metallic colour. Some scratches are visible on the front bumper, above the number plate (photo 040) and on its lower left corner (photo 032), on the rear bumper (photos 045 and 048), as well as on the right-hand mirror (photo 056). The OZ rims, of which three have minor edge scratches (photos 087, 091, 092), are fitted with Pirelli P Zero tyres in 335/35ZR17 at the rear and 235/40ZR17 at the front. These tyres have an overall wear rate of about 30%.
The interior is covered in black leather, the upholstery is in original condition and well preserved. A small scratch is visible on the driver's side transmission tunnel trim (photo 138). The matching carpets are protected by carpet mats with the brand logo. The instrumentation is complete and functional, including the clock. An Alpine CD radio adds to the original equipment. The clutch pedal rubber is damaged (photo 143).
The mythical V12 is matching numbers. The original exhaust system has been replaced by a stainless steel element; the protective plate underneath has not been refitted (photos 099 and 100). At the last service in May 2021, the engine was drained and the oil filter replaced, as well as the ignition coil and clutch receiver. The oil was also changed in the 5-speed manual gearbox and the rear axle, and the brakes and suspension were checked at the same time.