Historic 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV to be auctioned off on March 6

Article by Christian A., on February 14, 2016

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.

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A special 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV, believed to be the very last Lamborghini to leave the Sant'Agata factory before Volkswagen took full ownership, will be auctioned at Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show.

An important piece of Lamborghini history, the car is also believed to be the last Diablo imported into the UK as well as the last Diablo SV off the production line. It is estimated at between £150,000 and £170,000 and will be offered in the sale taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 6th March.

'V12 SVR' left the factory on the 21st of December in 1999 immediately before Lamborghini shut down for the Christmas break and their celebrations to mark the end of the Century. For the previous few months the Volkswagen Group had been in financial control of the company but the end of that year marked a turning point. From the beginning of 2000 Teutonic efficiency began to replace the magic of Italy in terms of the bloodline, style and general madness of the Italian supercars.

Speaking ahead of the sale of the car, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: ”It’s a delight to be able to offer this fantastic part of Lamborghini history in the year of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini. The Diablo is a wonderful car that truly represents everything the marque is famous for.”

This right-hand drive example has covered just over 32,000 miles from new and is finished in what Silverstone Auctions believe may be a one-off colour of Pearl Red/Orange combined with a grey/black leather/alcantara interior.

This wonderful Diablo is still very much original. The original Lamborghini tool roll with its appropriate tools is present with the original tyre inflator and a very luxurious, custom-made, fleece-lined indoor car cover in red with an embroidered Lamborghini logo.

The condition of the car is amazing for the year and it drives superbly, particularly after a chassis and suspension restoration in 2013 at a cost of over £10,000. A full geometry set-up was carried out by Grimaldi Engineering in 2013 and in January 2016 the car was serviced and MoT’d.

Nick added: ”Owning a Diablo SV is a dream for most people, however if purchasing one is an option for you, then the appeal of this Lamborghini 'Devil' may be too much to resist.”

For more information on the car and Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1999-lamborghini-diablo-sv-6817.

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