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Hardly ever driven: Lamborghini Diablo in new condition

Feel like DMX († 2021) in “Exit Wounds”! In the 2001 film, the rapper walks into a high-end auto shop, buys a brand-new silver Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster — and pays in cash. In the same year, the production of the Lamborghini Diablo was stopped with the special model VT 6.0 SE, only 44 of which were built; which makes it almost impossible to buy a Diablo new these days. But there is an exception!

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Recently in the US a black Lamborghini Diablo sold for the equivalent of over 375,000 euros ($399,226). The remarkable thing is that the 1994 Diablo changed hands with just 1299 kilometers (807 miles) on it, so it’s in pretty much new condition.
1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT

At Lamborghini, scissor doors are reserved for the V12 top models. Countach, Diablo, Murciélago, Aventador: the doors open upwards for all of them.


Unfortunately, it is not known why the Diablo has not even been moved 1300 kilometers in the last 28 years. Just this much about the history: The black/black Lambo has been accident-free and has been serviced regularly (last in February 2021).

In the pictures, the 492 hp Diablo looks very neat – no wonder, given the low mileage.

The Diablo manages 325 km / h – at least

The Lamborghini Diablo came onto the market in 1990 as the successor to the legendary Countach (now also available as a new edition LPI 800-4) and was intended to trump its predecessor in all disciplines. The displacement of the V12 was increased from the last 5167 ccm in the Countach to 5707 ccm.

The “basic version” of the Diablo made 492 hp and 580 Nm of torque, which should be enough for a top speed of 325 km/h. In various tests, the Diablo, which is only 4.46 meters long but 2.04 meters wide, was even faster: on the test track in Nardo, Italy, a Diablo is said to have reached 337 km/h.

There were many special models of the Diablo

Initially, the Diablo, designed by Marcello Gandini, was only available with rear-wheel drive, before the Diablo VT with all-wheel drive was added in 1993. In both versions, the naturally aspirated V12 produced 492 hp.
In the later course of the construction period, there were not only several revisions, in which, among other things, the pop-up headlights were exchanged for lights from the Nissan 300ZX; there was also a large number of special models and small series.
1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT

The bucket seats have a rigid backrest and red piping. The Diablo was only available with manual transmission.


The example shown here is an early Diablo with extremely low mileage, of which around 400 were built. However, we are not talking about any of the more sought-after special models such as the SE30, SV, GT or GT-R, which are usually even more expensive. Against this background, the price of over 375,000 euros is quite remarkable and follows a clear trend.

Prices only know one direction

The prices for V12 Lamborghini have been rising continuously for some time – regardless of whether it’s a Countach, Diablo or Murciélago. With the announcement of the end of production of the Aventador (again as an ultimae for the finale), an era also ended at Lamborgini.
The successor to the Aventador will still come with a V12 sucker, but with electric support. As is so often the case in life, certain things are only appreciated when they are no longer available.
And so it is not surprising that Lamborghini’s V12 super sports cars have recently increased in value – especially in the USA.
1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT

Early Diablos had a huge tachometer unit, which some owners said made it extremely difficult to see ahead.


Overseas, hand-shifted Murciélago LP640s are now trading for incredible sums – and it seems that the Diablo is slowly following suit. This price trend can also be seen in Germany.

While there were still early Diablos for a good 100,000 euros in this country a few years ago, Diablos are now no longer available for less than 220,000 euros.

Last Lambo before takeover by Audi

The reason for this hype is very simple: Modern cars are becoming more and more digital, the driving experience more and more arbitrary. The Diablo is a legend around 30 years after its presentation and at the same time the last Lamborghini that was created without the help of Audi (but under the direction of Chrysler).

By the way, in the movie “Exit Wounds” the silver Diablo VT Roadster cost 285,000 US dollars. DMX paid $300,000 in cash.

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