It goes without saying that Mario Andretti is one of the most recognizable names in the history of motorsport. He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967), and the Formula 1 World Championship (1978). He was the last American driver to win a Formula 1 race and is a four-time Indy Car National Champion (1965, 1966, 1969, and 1984). Mario Andretti is the only person to be named “Driver of the Year” in three different decades (1967, 1978, 1984), and was also honored as “Driver of the Century” by The Associated Press in 1999.
Alongside Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula 1, Indy Car, World Sportscar Championship, and NASCAR. With his final Indy Car win in April 1993, Mario became the oldest driver to win an Indy Car race and the first to win races in four different decades. Andretti finished with 111 career wins on major circuits in all forms of motorsport racing spanning a period of five decades!
Perhaps it was the blend of Italian and American influence like his own that attracted Mario Andretti to the Lamborghini Diablo offered here. Or maybe it was its 485-hp 5.7-liter V-12. By 1991, Andretti was deep into a successful racing career. At that year’s Indianapolis 500, Andretti raced alongside his sons Michael and Jeff and his nephew John for the first time.
Andretti is said to have kept this Diablo at his home in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, along with his 25th Anniversary Countach in the same color scheme. Included in the documentation is a copy of the Diablo’s Pennsylvania title listed in Mario Andretti’s name and showing delivery miles. Recently refinished to a high standard in its original shade of Diablo Rosso by renowned Apex Auto Body in Denver, Colorado, the Andretti Diablo shows in excellent, preserved condition. Its tan interior is original and unmodified other than a newer Alpine stereo head unit. A new windshield was also installed when the new paint was applied. The Diablo still wears its eye-catching original and optional rear wing.
A full, engine-out service was performed in 2018 and included a new clutch, a new starter, and rebuilt heads with new gaskets. The Diablo’s odometer shows about 22,300 miles, but only a handful have been added since the most recent major service and restoration work, which was performed at a cost of $40,000. This legendary supercar is ready for its next caretaker to enjoy it at speed in the same way it was appreciated by its original legendary owner.