1998 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO VT ROADSTER
Bonhams | 03-Jun-2018 | Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction | Venue : 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
Category : Motorcars
Lot No. : 114
Year : 1998
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : ZA9RU31B5WLA12884
US$ 200,000 - 250,000 Estimate
Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster
 

 

5,707cc DOHC V12 Engine
Electronic Sequential Multi-Port Injection
492bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Brembo Ventilated Disc Brakes
*Less than 18,000 kilometers from new
*One of only 200 VT Roadsters built
*The first All-Wheel Drive Lamborghini
*A supercar legend of the 1990s
THE LAMBORGHINI DIABLO
After 17 years in production, the legendary Countach was replaced by the Diablo, which on its arrival was the fastest, most advanced and most expensive Lamborghini ever built. First exhibited publicly at Monaco in January 1990, the Diablo improved on its illustrious predecessor in every way, setting a new benchmark in supercar design. It came as no surprise to learn that it had been styled by Marcello Gandini, the man responsible for the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, for the family resemblance was obvious.
Beneath the skin there was a steel spaceframe chassis, developed from the Countach's, but constructed of square-section rather than round tubing and incorporating 'crumple zones' at front and rear. The use of carbon fiber composite panels, first seen in the Countach Evoluzione model, was extended to the Diablo, which also featured revised suspension capable of accommodating the envisaged future developments of four-wheel drive and active suspension. Stretched to 5.7 liters for the Diablo, Lamborghini's 48-valve V12 engine gained fuel injection for the first time, producing its maximum of 492bhp at 7,000rpm. Of equal, if not greater significance, maximum torque went up to 428lb/ft, an improvement of 55% over the Countach. Catalytic converters were standard, enabling the reworked V12 to meet emissions requirements worldwide.
With more power and a lower drag coefficient than the Countach, the Diablo easily eclipsed its forebear, exceeding 200mph (322km/h) on test. More importantly, its acceleration and top speed figures were marginally better than those of the Ferrari F40. Although one of the world's most expensive cars, the Diablo was not a limited edition model like the latter but a series production car with a luxuriously appointed interior reflecting its designers' intention to produce a civilized Gran Turismo as suited to city streets and motorways as the racetrack. Four-wheel drive Diablo VT, with 'VT' standing for Viscous Traction, and Targa-style open roadster versions soon followed and then came the Diablo SE (Special Edition.) Only 150 examples of which were built to celebrate Lamborghini's 30 years as a car manufacturer.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This Diablo VT Roadster left the Sant'Agata factory in July of 1997 in the classic color scheme of red over tan and delivered new to California. Remaining in California for the first four years of its life and accumulating a mere 500 miles a year, it would head to the East Coast in 2002, residing in New Jersey and Florida before going to the Midwest in September of 2008 with only 8,586 km on the odometer (all Diablos have odometers in kilometers, even US market cars such as this one).
The vendor acquired this Lambo about 18 months ago with only 10,000 km showing—indicating just 900 km driven per year. The prior owner had kept the car carefully maintained next to his Testarossa, only driving it in sunny weather. Upon acquisition, the Diablo was refreshed with new tires, new battery, LED headlights, new speakers, new clutch rod and a mechanical check-up including replacing all the fluids. Once the work was completed, a bucket-list trip was undertaken driving the car from Greenwich, Connecticut down to South Florida. The trip was reported to be an absolute blast with nary a mechanical issue.
Since arriving in Florida, the car has received an additional $8,000 in service encompassing repairs to the vacuum system and hoses for the top release, cleaning and resealing the evaporator drain tube, airconditioning system service including vacuum and recharge of the system, suspension work, replacement of the horn button in the steering wheel, new headlight switch assembly along with a new right headlight motor, a pair of two new oxygen sensors, a reset to the ECU and air bag computer, and a major mechanical service—among other things.
Showing fewer than 18,000 original kilometers (11,200 miles) from new, this all-wheel drive monster of the 1990s is complete with its tool rolls and owner handbook. The subject car of innumerable posters that hung on the walls of thousands of teenage enthusiasts in the mid- to late-1990s, these Diablos are being rediscovered as one of the most exciting supercars of its era. And rest assured, despite being two decades old, it'll still turn heads where ever it goes!

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