Built in celebration of Lamborghini’s 30th anniversary as the company’s fastest and most technologically advanced car, the SE30 was a lighter and more powerful version of the already devilish Diablo. Not only was it more exciting to drive with the weight-saving return to rear-wheel-drive, but the Diablo SE30 also had a much more menacing stance thanks to wider wheels, a larger rear wing, and a more aggressive front spoiler. While the Diablo was already fast to begin with, capable of topping 200 mph, the SE30 offered increased performance in a limited production package to Lamborghini’s 150 best customers. The stunning, 1996 Super Fly Yellow example offered here is number 143 of those 150 and one of only 12 built with right-hand drive.
The SE30 model was more than a marketing exercise, the modifications made for this model substantially differentiated the car from a standard Diablo. The changes, specific to the SE30 model include magnesium engine intake manifold, sports exhaust system with a unique tailpipe design, adjustable anti-roll bar, lightweight magnesium wheels, sports suspension, extensive use of lightweight Alcantara for the interior, lots of carbon fibre both internally and externally, adjustable rear spoiler, mechanical sliding 2-piece windows, and 4-point racing harnesses with SE30 shoulder pads. This SE30 has seen a small number of further enhancements which include gloss carbon rear light surrounds, dash binnacle and steering column surround, centre console, and luggage boxes.
Recent work includes a bare metal respray in its original Super Fly, and the suspension and brakes were totally rebuilt. All of this attention has been fully documented in a very large folder of circa 300 images which will be included in the owner's file along with copies of old registration documents (showing 4 previous owners), period service history invoices, and SE30 specific handbooks. Both roadster and 3xSE30 magnesium wheels are also included in the sale along (the vendor has details of where the 4th mag wheel can be purchased), with an SV/Jota style engine cover. The car was recently serviced and has covered just 41,780 kms/25,500 miles. The MOT is valid until October 2018.
In recent months, late-model analogue supercars have become increasingly desirable to collectors looking for the purest driving experience with as much horsepower as a road-going automobile can handle. When considering the high-performance SE30's limited production (particularly in rhd) and this example’s low mileage and fabulous colour combination, this would be an astute acquisition for any collector of state of the art supercars.
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