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Last Pre-VW-Era Lamborghini Diablo SV Headed to Auction

Believed to be the last Lambo produced before VW Group ownership.

Erick Ayapana
Feb 11, 2016

Silverstone Auctions claims to have a very special 1999 Lamborghini Diablo Super Veloce (SV) rolling onto the auction block at its upcoming Restoration Show Sale next month. Not only is this Diablo SV in great condition with low miles, but Silverstone Auction says it's the last Lambo to roll off the production line before the Volkswagen Group took full control of the Italian automaker.

1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV engine Photo 2/4   |   1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV engine

According to Silverstone Auction's records, this Diablo left Lamborghini's headquarters in Sant'Agata on December 21, 1999, right before the factory shut down for the year. When the factory reopened in 2000, Lamborghini was officially under full stewardship of Volkswagen Group.

History aside, the car has a lot going for it. The odometer displays a low 32,000 miles and most service records are available from the previous four owners. The suspension was fully restored back in 2013 (at a cost of about $14,000), while the Pirelli P-Zero 182 tires were new just 600 miles ago. The triple-coat Pearl Red/Orange paint is in relatively good condition and so is the interior, which features an Alpine infotainment system with navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV interior Photo 3/4   |   1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV interior

Powering the Diablo SV is a 5.7-liter V-12 making 529 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque, and all that power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The claimed 0-60 mph time is 3.9 seconds.

Model-year 1999 is also when the Diablo received a face-lift. That said, the refreshed look isn't a dramatic departure from the original design, which was finalized by Tom Gale, former head of Chrysler design and guest judge for Motor Trend Car of the Year. Chrysler owned Lamborghini during the Diablo's development stage.

Silverstone Auctions estimates this right-hand drive Diablo SV will fetch approximately $216,800 to $245,700. The auction kicks off on March 6 in Birmingham, U.K.

Source: Silverstone Auctions

1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV front Photo 4/4   |   1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV front
By Erick Ayapana
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