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The Last Ever Lamborghini Diablo Is For Sale

Say goodbye to a piece of Lambo history.
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Photo: Silverstone Auctions

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

The very last Lamborghini Diablo, the final expression of the original, pre-Volkswagen ways of doing business at Lamborghini's Sant'Agata headquarters, is headed to auction at Britain's Silverstone Auctions.

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

One imagines that in the old days, Lamborghini craftsmen would stand back and hold their thumb up in their line of sight to estimate the approximately correct proportions like portrait painters do in the movies.

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

That method is wonderful for infusing art, rolling or stationary, with Italian verve. But it isn't as good for the consistency required of 170 mph high-performance machinery. Sadly, such finicky artisan craftsmanship can sometimes contribute to inexplicable overheating and devilish electrical headaches.

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

The Diablo debuted in 1990 as the product of then-owner Chrysler's investment in an overdue replacement for the legendary Countach. Its demonic name was in tribute to a 19th century fighting bull owned by the Duke of Veragua. The car's styling met with acclaim, as did the performance of its 5.7-liter V-12 powerplant.

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

But a steep $211,000 price tag stalled sales, so in 1995, new Indonesian owner Megatech launched the Diablo Super Veloce ("super speed") at the Geneva Motor Show to improve the car's value by boosting performance. The SV was rated at 517 hp and had an adjustable rear wing and improved cooling for the brakes.

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

By 1999, the final edition of the car reached 536 hp and 446 lb.-ft. of torque. That is the specification of this example, completed just before the company's Christmas break in 1999. The auction company believes it was the last Diablo built.

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

In the new year, new owner Volkswagen was preparing to launch the modernized Murcielago, and Diablo production ended with nearly 3,000 of the cars delivered.

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

The last Diablo was painted in a unique three-coat pearl red/orange hue, perhaps in tribute to its name and because it was the last example. 

It's is in exemplary condition and is expected to sell for $215,000 - $245,000. Get out your checkbooks if you want a shot at Lambo history.

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

Photo: Silverstone Auctions

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