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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Meet the Last Lamborghini Diablo SV Ever Built


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A look across the Lamborghini history books reveals quite a few performance icons, everything from the shapely 350GTV to the achingly beautiful Miura, the raucous Countach, and modern superstars like the Gallardo and Aventador. 

But in the 1990s you really only had one choice; the Lamborghini Diablo. Sold from 1990 to 2001, it was a sales home run for the financially strained company, and just shy of 3,000 exited Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata factory gates in 11 years. This gorgeous Diablo was one of them—a 1999 SV model—and according to the UK’s Silverstone Auctions, it was the very last SV built.

The distinctive Diablo will go up for auction on March 6th in Birmingham, England, and it’s expected to fetch between £150,000 and £170,000 (about $217,000 to $246,000).


According to the auction house, this SV’s birth came at the very tail end of 1999. In fact, it was finished on December 21st of the year, right as the production lines halted for the holiday break. That year, Lamborghini built only 100 of its sporty SVs, which had become a base model of sorts next to the all-wheel drive Diablo VT and the no-nonsense Diablo GT.

That said, there’s nothing very “base model” about its engine; a 5.7-liter V12, which kicked out 530 horsepower and could put you down the road in excess of 200 mph.

In addition to its “last built” status, this Lamborghini Diablo is also said to have been the last one officially imported into the UK. Buyers wouldn’t get another shot at an “SV” model until it returned in 2010 on the striking Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4.


As its stunning Pearl Red body would suggest, this car hasn’t been subjected to a hard life on the road, showing just 32,000 miles in its 17 years. Fans of leather and Alcantara can also rejoice. The Diablo’s interior is absolutely swimming in the stuff, yet unlike many aging supercars, it presents itself remarkably well.

Prices continue to rise on classic Lamborghinis, and in light of some light-speed appreciation rates on ‘80s Countachs, the ‘90s Diablos would appear to be the next model to ride that wave. Better grab them while you still can.