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1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV

Lot No.: 223

Registration: Not Specified
Chassis Number: ZA9DE21A0WLA12872
Engine Number: 12872
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 5709
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Sold for (£): 185,000

In January 1990, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. introduced their latest mid-engined, high performance sports car, and carrying on their tradition of naming its 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 coupe was powered by a 5.7 ltr, 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.

We are extremely pleased to be able to offer for sale this stunning 1998 (MY) Diablo SV. This was the first time since the Miura Super Veloce that these initials had been used and this model differed from earlier Diablos having an increased power output (510bhp), larger front brakes, an adjustable spoiler and three piece wheels. This car is an extremely high specification SV finished in Blue Scuro with Snowcorn hide, and is believed to be one of only three 1998 cars in this combination. It is fitted, from the factory with SE30/Monterey Edition side skirts and rear bumper, colour coded adjustable rear spoiler, carbon fibre rear light surrounds and dual fog lamps. Currently, the car has a sports exhaust fitted but the original catalytic converters are available. The interior of the car is equally impressive and is trimmed in factory correct half leather and half Alcantara. Most of the trim is now carbon fibre including the door sills, centre console, steering wheel cowl and dash surround and the vehicle is fitted with a Focal Audio sound system with a navigation package.

First delivered to Lamborghini G.B on the 3rd. of January, 1998, it was main dealer maintained for the first two services and has since been looked after by Lamborghini specialists Carrera Sport, and there are service invoices with the car for every year from 2001 until March 2015. Just prior to sale in August, an engine-out service was carried out by Carrera Sport and no expense has been spared to keep this Diablo "on the button". The odometer currently indicates 50,285kms / 31,245 miles. The car comes with an extensive history file containing the UK V5c, copies of previous V5cs, Hardback Owner's Manual, Service manual, old service invoices and previous MoTs. The personalised registration is being retained by the vendor. 

These cars are total head-turners and not for the faint-hearted, so if you find the sound of creaking necks as you burble down the High Street disturbing, then this may not be for you, however if you are keen on finding an immaculate, seriously quick, piece of Italian Motoring Art with exceptional provenance, then this Diablo SV is without peer.