1996 Lamborghini Diablo SVRSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $100,000-$125,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $104,500

Specifications: 540hp, 5.7-liter, light alloy block, dual overhead camshaft 60° degree V12 engine, six-speed manual transmission, front and rear race tuned independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,650mm

Lamborghini conceived and delivered the first mid-engined ‘ supercar ’ with the Miura in 1966 and through a succession of owners and repeated onslaughts by competitors the company has kept itself at the forefront of this high-profile market segment. Lamborghini ’ s supercars set a standard that others have been hard-pressed to beat.

The Diablo was introduced in 1991 under Lamborghini ’ s brief period of Chrysler ownership, preserving but refining its layout, smoothing out the body ’ s humps and bumps, and improving occupant accommodations. In the middle of the nineties, Lamborghini built 31 Diablos prepared for use on the racetrack. The race version, known as SV-R, meaning Sport Veloce-Race, was for competition in the new, one marque Lamborghini Diablo Supertrophy series. Customers could purchase their SV-R along with a season of racing. Lamborghini carried out all maintenance and repairs themselves. Built alongside the production Diablo SVs, the Rs were 191 kilograms lighter than the regular model and used OZ Racing one-piece, hollow spoke, cast magnesium eighteen-inch wheels with slick tires. The engine was tuned to put out 540bhp, while the additional power was mostly derived from a revised fuel injection system and, for the first time ever on a Diablo, variable valve timing. Inside the cockpit, the SV-R is pure racecar, without any superfluous sound deadening or comfort items. This car finished 2nd overall in the 1996 series and 3rd overall in the 1997 series, and campaigned at many distinguished tracks including Le Mans, the Nurburgring, Brands Hatch, Spa and Vallelunga. Fortunately, the SV- R was submitted for restoration after retirement from the series. All exterior, interior and mechanical systems were gone through and restored. However, very little work was required in the mechanical department aside from a thorough tune, as it had been under judicious factory care throughout its racing career. This particular example was painted by well-known French artist Georges Wolinski, whose work was preserved by the manufacture of stickers so any future scrapes can simply be repaired. New race seats, harnesses and tires were also installed, making this Lamborghini ready to hit the track.

Reference Number 10124

as of 6/1/2007

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Car 1996 Lamborghini Diablo SVR
VIN ZA9DE22A0TLA12565 
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