Last Lamborghini Produced Before Audi Upgrades Is Up For Auction
|   Saturday, February 27, 2016
Silverstone Auctions put on sale a Diablo model, considered to be the last Lamborghini produced before the adoption of the German strictness imposed by Audi.
Nostalgia sells, and actually is the main currency of exchange for the auction houses who know that the transaction will be successful, especially if setting up for haggling a so-called last specimen of a renowned creation, such as a venerated car model.

We find this approach in an announcement made by Silverstone Auctions which sells a Diablo, considered the last Lamborghini rolled off the assembly line in the previous millennium, and also the last Diablo SV sold in the UK.
The auction house states that currently they are waiting for written confirmation from Lamborghini, but the price for the car is already established. It is estimated that this copy is worth between 150,000 and 170,000 pounds.

Lamborghini Diablo was one of the poster cars which fueled the legend of the Italian brand, through its visceral character. Its historical importance is greater because it was last Lamborghini produced before Audi introduced "German precision" in the exuberant style that has defined Lamborghini.

The fact that Volkswagen bought Lamborghini in the summer of 1998, putting it under the umbrella of Audi, was a step that saved the brand founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini. But we know too well that even the flaws and brutality of these mechanical beasts were part of the Lamborghini charm.

Since 2001, Diablo handed over the baton to the modern Murcielago. The super-sport model of the new millennium was a demonstration of the technology wrapped in an epic design that breathes through every pore the Lamborghini style.

Silverstone Auctions said that the Diablo SV copy which it sells came off the assembly line on the 21st of December 1999, just before the plant shut down for the Christmas holidays, stressing that from 2000 "Teutonic efficiency began to replace the Italian magic."

These are the exact words that will be uttered by purists, who always sigh after an old school Lamborghini, which just cannot be built anymore after current rules. Diablo, whose name was taken from a ferocious bull raised in the 19th century by the Duke of Veragua, was produced from 1990 to 2001, in less than 3,000 units. So each piece is valuable. And one copy which marks the change of a chapter in the history of the manufacturer resonate much more with the collectors.

The model auctioned by Silverstone Auctions has a V12 engine with a displacement of 5.7 liters and 536 hp. Also, this car was not kept on the storefront. It racked up 32,200 miles, but has not been involved in any accidents; in 2013 the chassis and suspensions have been restored for the sum of 10,000 pounds, and it also has the original tool kit.

Overall, perhaps it is inaccurate to say that this Diablo SV is just the last genuine Lamborghini. Maybe Silverstone Auctions are just playing with the words. But certainly this Diablo SV is one of those things that deserve to be put in a time box to be admired and even relished by future enthusiasts.
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