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1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

Lot No.: 553

Registration: R755 NBL
Chassis Number: ZA9DE22ADVLA12813
Engine Number: 12813
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 6000cc
Year of Manufacture: 1997
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Unsold
  • Stunning and tasteful colour combination of Metallic Green with a Black leather and Alcantara interior
  • Very rare and collectable, low production number, UK-supplied Diablo 'SV' with celebrity heritage
  • 33,000 miles, documented and complete service record with a recent clutch and flywheel assembly
  • The end of an era with pop-up headlamps, two-wheel drive, and a manual gearbox
  • Thought to be the only Diablo SV factory ordered with the GT rear wing (included in the sale)

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 and better brake cooling.

This stunning, right-hand drive, Diablo SV is certainly one for the serious Lamborghini collector as UK-delivered SVs were produced in very small numbers and there are only 13 currently licensed or on SORN on the road today. Presented in the very rare and unusually subtle colour of Verde Mica with a black leather and Alcantara interior, this Diablo has formidable road-presence and features a bespoke sports exhaust system, which is definitely not for the shy and retiring.

Factory specifications include:

Electric windows, sports seats, power steering, electric door mirrors, central locking, CD Player, Alcantara with black leather and green piping, climate control, adjustable steering wheel, 5-speed manual gearbox, metallic paint, 18" rear wheels, 17" front wheels, and the aforementioned sports exhaust system.

Unlike many Diablos, the service history is extensive, with all of the books and tools present. The servicing records are as follows:

15/12/97 - Lamborghini UK (Reading)

18/05/98 - Lamborghini UK (Reading)

16/10/00 - Lamborghini London

24/08/02 - Lamborghini London

04/12/03 - Top Gear Specialist Cars

18/09/05 - Top Gear Specialist Cars

17/06/06 - Trident Specialist Cars

05/06/08 - Carrera Sport Specialist Cars

02/10/13 - Lamborghini Pangbourne.

23/07/15 - Colin Clark Engineering (including a complete clutch and flywheel assembly).

We welcome and encourage pre-sale inspections of this legendary and increasingly sought after 'Supercar'.