Lamborghini of 2016 is very, very different from the Lamborghini from the 1970's, 80's, and 90's. Prior to its sale to Volkswagen Auto Group, the Italian supercar builder was renowned for viciously powerful cars that were big on speed, but lacking in finesse, ergonomics, and practicality. The VW buyout addressed many of these issues, but at the expense of a whole mess of critics. These doubters are convinced that Lambo sacrificed its unhinged spirit when the Germans started calling the shots. Now, the final car that exemplifies the insanity of "old Lamborghini," is set to cross the auction block later this year: the Diablo SV.
This 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV in question is purported to be the very last Lamborghini to leave the factory gates before VW took over, making it, in some people's eyes, the last "true" Lamborghini with a properly sharp edge. VW officially took the reins in 1998, but production changes didn't reach the Diablo until the VT 6.0 and 6.0 SE versions.
This Diablo has seen a fair bit of use in its 17 years, covering around 32,000 miles. Done up in a rather rare Pearl Red/Orange paint scheme, this wild supercar packs a 5.7-liter V-12 under the rear decklid, sending 529 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.
Inside, an attractive gray/black interior combination wraps around a right-hand drive layout.
This Diablo received a "suspension and chassis restoration" in 2013, which amounted to over $14,000.
Want to nab what many consider to be the last proper Lamborghini ever made? The Diablo SV crosses the auction block March 5 - 6 in Birmingham, U.K.