Wallets at the ready - A 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV is up for auction
What do all proper petrolheads do when they spot something online that they can’t afford? That's right, share it with some strangers on the internet!
I don’t tend to like seeing posts about cars heading to auction, they all seem to be a little lacklustre and laced with alternate motives.
However, I’ve just spent the last hour or so scrolling through every single image uploaded to the Collecting Cars auction website, and although I have thoroughly enjoyed myself doing so, there’s one listing in the pack that’s really taken my breath away.
So, I’m going against my own preference to do what all proper petrolheads do when they spot something they can’t afford, I’m going to share this dream of a car with strangers on the internet. What else are Friday nights for - am I right?
What’s so special about Lamborghini?
I’ve always been a sucker for a Lamborghini, ever since I was old enough to butcher Italian.
I won't lie, struggling to find a cooler picture on the web - Source: Cannonball Run 2
The Gallardo was the poster car taking space on my bedroom wall, the Countach won my heart in Cannonball Run 2 (for one reason or another) and “Lamborghini11” was my laptop password when I was, you guessed it, 11 years old. As far as Lamborghini fans go, I couldn’t have been bigger when I was younger.
But somewhere along the line (see: the launch of the Huracan), the magic within the brand sort of stopped for me. They went from a death-defying David Blaine to a boring card-trick flaunting Dynamo overnight. Throw in the collection of influencers pushing the brand in an uncomfortable LOOK HOW MUCH MONEY I MAKE direction and it’s not hard to see why Lamborghini Lovers get a bad rep.
Scratch that, this is the coolest picture on the internet
But if you’re still wanting the experience of a badly-put-together fire breathing Italian (Stallion) Bull, without being grouped together with flashy folk on Sloane Street, the key isn’t to look at the present lineup, but rather the past.
How far back should you? Oh, I don’t know, 1997 sounds about good to me - what do you reckon?
What’s so special about the Diablo?
Although the Diablo admittedly came onto my radar a little later on, it near captured just about everything that I wanted the brand to be.
Side profiles don't get much better than this - Source: Collecting Cars
First of all, the wedge just looks incredible. For me, it’s the best looking Lambo out there, combining a touch of class with the outrageous styling the Italians were famous for before the turn of the millennium. We’re talking giant, wacky wings, air scoops and pop-up headlights - the thing looks just as at home on Miami Beach as it does gunning it around Monza.
But the most important part of any Lamborghini are the doors and crucially, the Diablo came with the dramatic scissor doors that we all know and love. When pulling up at stately homes, yacht parties or luxury hotels - you won’t be climbing out of your supercar like some sort of peasant in a Renault Clio, you’ll be making an entrance as you exit.
Just look at those doors! - Source: Collecting Cars
The Diablo gives you that incredible presence and now that it’s a classic, you won’t look like a Soundcloud rapper or Premier League Footballer. You’ll look like a ‘90s icon, like Brad Pitt, Jay Kay or Keith Flint, the latter of which, coincidently, used to own this very car...
The SV in question
We’ve established that the Diablo is special, but we’ve barely even chatted about the one that you’ll be able to own - providing your pockets are deep enough, of course.
Quad exhausts and meaty rubber - Source: Collecting Cars
The spec of this 1997 SV model is about as close to perfect as it comes with Diablo territory, starting out with a gorgeous factory Verde Olimpus paint alluding sophistication in the bonkers machine. There’s a set of OZ Racing split-rim alloy wheels, 17’s on the front and 18’s at the rear, which look incredible contrasted against the rare green paint.
Take a peek through the window and you’ll see the cabin is strictly ‘90s business with a dog-leg 5-speed gated shifter taking pride of place in the middle. The centre console features a mess of buttons, a retro Alpine CD player, all-important immobiliser LED and a set of race-y white dials greet the driver from behind the wheel.
A gated shifter and an assortment of miscelaneous swithces - Source: Collecting Cars
Because this is a car from the ‘90s, there’s a decent list of creature comforts too, including factory-fitted electric windows and door mirrors, power steering with wheel adjustment, and climate control. However, and it pains me to say it, but things do go a little bit pear-shaped when we get to the trim choice.
A seat like a Halloween themed cake from Tesco - Source: Collecting Cars
Thanks to some questionable neon green piping and door card stitching to match, the timeless black interior is just a bit too “Halloween themed cake” for me. The blend of leather seats with Alcantara door cards would be a match made in heaven if they were only left alone by the haunted upholstered.
An auction to watch from the sideline
I’ve written this post as if I’m going to be bidding on the car, well, if it wasn’t for the slime-coloured stitching, but that couldn’t be further away from the truth.
33,000 easy V12 miles - Source: Collecting Cars
This is yet another auction that I’ll sleepily keep an eye on and grimace when the final price is published. I’d be more than happy to take R755 NBL home with me, but I lack both the pocket change and the parking space.
Maybe in a few years time? I'll keep those fingers, and just about everything else, crossed.