Attendees to the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show are in for a treat as a special 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV will be auctioned off during Silverstone Auctions’ sale. This same model is said to be the last Lamborghini that left the Sant'Agata facility before Volkswagen took control.
This is not the only reason however why this model holds an important place in Lamborghini history. There are two other reasons. One is that it is the last Diablo SV to come off the production line and most likely was also the very last to be imported to the United Kingdom.
The auction is set for March 6 at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham. It is expected to fetch from around £150,000 up to £170,000. It was in December 21, 1999, when this V12-powered SVR left the manufacturing plant. This was also the period when Lamborghini was about to close down for the Christmas holidays and celebrate the coming of the new millennium.
Over the past months, financial control of Lamborghini was held by Volkswagen Group and the end of 1999 was an important turning point in the auto industry. Starting in 2000, the appeal of Italian supercars and even the magic of Italy when it came to style and lineage were slowly being replaced with Teutonic efficiency.
Regarding the auction, Silverstone Auctions managing director Nick Whale commented that it is truly a pleasure to be able to offer a significant slice of Lamborghini’s wonderful history. Making it even more special is that it will happen on Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birth anniversary.
The Diablo is a magnificent car that stands for everything that the brand is known for, Whale continued. Since it left the factory, it has covered a little more than 32,000 miles. According to Silverstone Auctions, this right-hand drive special model is finished in a one-off Pearl Red/Orange color and mixed with a leather/alcantara grey/black interior.
Everything about this model is still original. It even has the original Lamborghini tool roll and the appropriate tools like the original tire inflator. There is also the fleece-lined customized indoor car cover that comes in red and has the Lamborghini logo embroidered to it. Even the condition is remarkable.
It still drives beautifully considering that both the suspension and the chassis were restored back in 2013 for more than £10,000. The full geometry set-up was performed in 2013 Grimaldi Engineering and then serviced by MoT’d by January 2016.
Director Whale added that many people continue to dream of having their own Diablo SV. If you have the chance to purchase one, he said, then this Lamborghini 'Devil' may be difficult to resist.