A Last True Lambo Up For Auction

BY Azfar Hashim

A special 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV, believed to be the very last Lamborghini to leave the Sant'Agata factory before Volkswagen took full ownership, will be auctioned at Silverstone Auctions’ sale

An important piece of Lamborghini history, the car is also believed to be the last Diablo imported into the UK as well as the last Diablo SV off the production line. The estimated price is between £150,000 (S$304,000) to £170,000 (S$344,000), and will be offered in the sale taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 6th March.

'V12 SVR' left the factory on the 21st of December 1999, immediately before Lamborghini shut down for the Christmas break and their celebrations to mark the end of the Century. For the previous few months, the Volkswagen Group had been in financial control of the company but the end of that year marked a turning point. From the beginning of 2000, German efficiency began to replace the magic of Italy in terms of the bloodline, style and general madness of the Italian brand.

This right-hand drive example has covered just over 32,000 miles from new and is finished in what Silverstone Auctions believe may be a one-off colour of Pearl Red/Orange combined with a grey/black leather/alcantara interior. Also, the original Lamborghini tool roll, with its appropriate tools, is present with the original tyre inflator and a very luxurious, custom-made, fleece-lined indoor car cover in red with an embroidered Lamborghini logo.

It has also gone through an extensive chassis and suspension restoration in 2013 at a cost of over £10,000. A full geometry set-up was carried out by Grimaldi Engineering in 2013, and in January 2016, the car was serviced and MoT’d (UK's Ministry of Transport test). This alone should guarantee a superb drive.

For more information on the car, visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1999-lamborghini-diablo-sv-6817.