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Friday, July 2, 2010

1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV - Classic Car For Sale


At a time when the legendary high-performance Italian sports car firm Lamborghini was financed by the Swiss-based Mimram brothers, development began on a project codenamed simply ''132'' in June of 1985. Known to few and only as a replacement for the then-dominant Countach model, the essential requirement before any design began to take shape was that its top speed had to be no less than a super-legal 315 kilometers per hour. The Diablo was named after a ferocious bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century, famous for fighting an epic battle with ''El Chicorro'' in Madrid on the 11th of July, 1869. In the words of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the Diablo was designed "solely to be the biggest head-turner in the world."Diablo''s design was entrusted to Marcello Gandini, who was responsible for the new car''s two immediate predecessors. Following Chrysler''s purchase of the company in 1987, money was provided to complete the development, yet top management was unimpressed with GandiniĆ¢€™s designs and commissioned its design team in Detroit to execute a third extensive redesign that smoothed out the trademark sharp edges and corners of Gandini''s original design.Presented to the public for the first time on the 21st of January, 1990 and with prices starting at just over $240,000, Diablo debuted at Monaco''s famed Hotel de Paris during the second ''Lamborghini Day''. Power came from a 5.7-litre, 48-valve version of the legendary Lamborghini V-12 that featured dual overhead cams and computer-controlled multi-point fuel injection, producing a maximum output of 492 brake horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle could reach 60 miles per hour in slightly under 4 seconds and topped out at a top speed of 202 mph. Even at over $240,000, the vehicle was somewhat spartan, featuring only basic radio functions along with manual windows, adjustable but unpowered seats and no anti-lock brakes, mostly to minimize the vehicle''s already high kerb weight. A few options were available; having the driver''s seat molded specifically for the buyer, a rear spoiler, a $2,600 factory fitted-luggage set and an exclusive $10,500 dashboard clock. Even though some felt it under-amenitied, keeping the weight off garnered it the title of fastest production car in the world the following year as it beat the Ferrari F40 by a single mile-per-hour. The Diablo held the title for two years until Jaguar''s XJ220 claimed a top speed of 217mph - making it the fastest production car of 1993.Special features, such as all-wheel-drive and a host of performance packages harking back to the glory days of the Miura using terms that included SV and ''Jota'', soon came to market. Offered here is one of the most opulent and best performing of these. This 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV is one of only 25 cars built to US specifications with rare rear-wheel drive and has just over 11,500 certified miles to its credit from new. Finished in titanium over a sumptuous tan leather interior with contrasting gray piping and offering factory air scoops only offered on these scarce Special Edition ''Super Veloce'' models, it has benefited from meticulous upkeep throughout its life. The car retains its original owners manuals and keyless-entry remote fobs as well and sports the trademark factory rear wing, open headlights, a high-performance exhaust system, updated air conditioning and much more to suit the most discerning buyer of this rare and appreciating neo-classic Italian supercar.


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