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Luxury Lamborghini Diablo VT Convertible Establishes New Record In Sales

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The Lamborghini Diablo, manufactured between 1990 and 2001, is receiving acknowledgment as a ‘vintage’ Raging Bull from Sant’Agata. It succeeded the famous Lamborghini Countach and came before the Lamborghini Murciélago. The Diablo is closely linked to the legendary Lamborghini Miura, frequently hailed as the premier supercar globally from the 1960s.

Lamborghini Miura from the Swinging Sixties

The Diablo was unveiled for the first time in January 1990 as the successor to the Countach 25th Anniversary. Initially, it was offered solely as a rear-wheel-drive model. In 1993, Lamborghini introduced the Diablo VT, which incorporated the Visco Traction system, enabling power from the back wheels to transfer to the front wheels, thereby establishing a full-wheel-drive capability. The 1993 version also brought about several modifications, such as a distinct dashboard, color-matched external rearview mirror housings, and larger air intakes beneath the rectangular lights in the front bumper.

The primary addition to the Diablo series took place in 1995 when Lamborghini unveiled the Diablo SV (which stood for Sport Veloce and not Super Veloce as commonly believed) as a kind of simplified, lightweight variation of the original Diablo 2WD. Additionally, the Diablo SV introduced Alcantara upholstery to the Diablo range, but more crucially for our current topic was the Diablo VT Roadster, the open-top V12 flagship from Sant’Agata, marking it as Lamborghini’s initial production model with a V12 engine that was drivable with the roof down. While the Lamborghini Silhouette and Jalpa existed before this, they were ‘starter’ V8 Lamborghini models. This marked the first occasion where Lamborghini made a V12 convertible accessible to customers.

The Diablo VT Roadster underwent considerable redesign in comparison to the Diablo VT, still retaining the AWD design and a potent 5.7-liter V12 positioned just behind the driver and passenger, delivering 492 bhp at 7,000 rpm, enough to achieve a maximum speed of 202 mph and go from 0 to 60 in just 4.2 seconds, even with the roof off. Indeed, this was not a fold-down roof or a soft-top like what we would see later on the Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster. Instead, the Diablo VT Roadster came with a sturdy, light carbon fiber top section that could be removed in one piece and stowed on the custom-engineered engine cover.

The car featured in this piece was specifically commissioned in 1997 by Donald Trump. Only 132 examples of the Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster were manufactured for the US market between 1997 and 1999, and thanks to Trump’s positive rapport with Lamborghini, he was able to request the car in a shade known as Blu Le Mans, which was not even an option in 1997, rendering it the exclusive Diablo VT Roadster in this color.

Donald Trump possessed this vehicle from 1997 until 2002 when he divested it, yet the vehicle’s heritage endures, with a dedicated plaque fitted on the door to designate it as his acquisition back in 1997. The distinct paint he was able to select was not the sole rare feature; the two-tone interior, resembling a blend of cream and black, surely did not come standard in the Lamborghini Diablo in the late Nineties. Additionally, this vehicle already came equipped with both a driver airbag and a passenger airbag, with the latter appearing as if it was added as an afterthought by Lamborghini, merely affixing it to the dashboard in front of the passenger to meet regulations; it was not seamlessly integrated into the interior, as seen in the MY1999 model later.

This photograph showcases a Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster formerly in possession of Donald Trump. Following Trump’s sale of the car in 2002, it was transferred to another owner before being presented at auction in late January. Despite changing hands multiple times, the vehicle’s worth remained elevated due to its celebrity past. The Diablo VT Roadster is predicted to rise to a million-dollar valuation in the coming years, even though presently, it is the Diablo SE30 Jota or Diablo GT that holds seven-figure price tags. Other exclusive models are poised to achieve similar high valuations over time.Image Source: Naomi_Yuki / Shutterstock

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