While Lamborghini isn’t as cocky as some of the other exotic brands, just getting some money isn’t enough to get one. First, if you want a brand new one, there is a one-year waiting list. Secondly, if you want a classic or semi-classic Lamborghini, you don’t need “some” money – you need a lot of money. And this applies not only to the OG Countach. It also applies to the recently-unsold 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV on Cars & Bids.
The Lamborghini Diablo SV is the super-fast (literally) rear-wheel drive version of the last pre-VW Raging Bull
|1995-1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV|
|horse power||510 hp (1995-1998)
529 hp (1999)
|torque||428 lb-ft (1995-1998)
446 lb-ft (1999)
|curb weight||3373-3474 lb|
|0-60 mph time||3.9 seconds (1999)|
Since 1998, Lamborghini has been under the watchful eye of Audi, which is why the Urus has so much of the DNA of the Volkswagen Group. But shortly before Audi stepped in, Chrysler briefly held the reins of Lamborghini as the Italian brand worked to replace the iconic Countach. That successor arrived in 1995: the Lamborghini Diablo.
Although the Diablo is designed under the look of Chrysler, it is a “real” Lamborghini. For example, the center-mounted V12 has its roots in Lamborghini’s first car, the 350GT. Also, it has an outrageous appearance and scissor doors are necessary. Plus, it came exclusively with a five-speed manual. And like the Countach, the Diablo has a tubular steel frame.
However, unlike the Countach, the Diablo has already seen inside a wind tunnel, which is why its aluminum and carbon fiber body is more elegant. Moreover, the leather-lined interior is more spacious and livable than the Countach. And in its later VT form, it was the first Lamborghini since the LM002 SUV to feature all-wheel drive.
However, the Lamborghini Diablo SV does not have an all-wheel drive system. Like today’s more extreme Lambos, the SV is rear-wheel drive only. Despite this, it has 18 more horsepower than the base model, hence the name: “Super Veloce” or “Super Speed”. It became even more powerful in 1999 when it became the new base for Diablo. Fortunately, this Italian 202 mph rocket has expanded the brakes with additional cooling and an adjustable rear wing to keep it under control. ABS, though, wasn’t available until 1999; The early ones didn’t even have power steering.
This only contributes to the old-school supercar excitement of the Lamborghini Diablo SV. Only you, that pretty guide with gated, torquey 7500 rpm V12 is barking behind your ear. However, he does not punish you as the Countach does. The seats are surprisingly comfortable, the pedals aren’t in an awkward position, and the suspension absorbs bumps well. This means you can enjoy the interactive steering, great drive and overall view of this machine for even longer.
How did the 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV not sell for $435,000 on autos and auctions?
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However, experiencing those delights requires a great deal of change. Apparently, the Cars & Bids shopper didn’t have enough to purchase the recently listed 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV. Even with a final bid of $435,000, SV failed to meet its reserve.
Although the reserve price is unknown, there are several reasons why the seller would put it above $435K. First, this 1998 Lamborghini Diablo S has many desirable features. Besides the extra power and adjustable wing, it has a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, OZ Racing wheels, adjustable shocks, carbon fiber interior rims, and a front axle lift system. It also has pop-up headlights that disappeared after 1998.
Plus, aside from some spoiler jacks, a repainted front bumper, and a battery disconnect switch, it’s stock. Additionally, its only drawbacks are some seat wear, a few rock chips, and cracked exterior door lock edges. On top of that, the 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV has extensive service records, not to mention plenty of recent maintenance.
However, the biggest reason why $435,000 isn’t enough to win the Diablo is that these cars are more valuable now.
Diablos is going how far now?
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Just a few years ago, you could find Lamborghini Diablos for less than $200,000. No, that’s not cheap per se, but it’s not unreasonable for a supercar. But like many other sports cars and supercars of the ’80s and ’90s, the Diablo’s market value is on the rise.
Today, a good Lamborghini Diablo SV is worth the same value as the Countach. Admittedly, a good-condition 1998 SV is usually between $250,000 and $364,000, says Hagerty. However, the original one could easily win over $500,000 at the auction. And an impeccable final year of a 6.0-liter can cost more than 600 thousand dollars.
As it turns out, “SV” may not just represent “Super Velocity.” It may also stand for “Super Valuta”: “Super Currency”.
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