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Lot Number
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1992 Lamborghini Diablo
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $165,000 - $195,000
CHASSIS NO: ZA9DU07P9NLA12431
• Lamborghini’s definitive Supercar of the 1990s
• Outstanding color combination and low mileage
• Stunning performer with incomparable driving experience
• California car with just three owners from new
• Accompanied by clean Carfax, books, manuals, tools, emission-test and service records

5,707 cc DOHC V-12 engine with four valves per cylinder and multi-port electronic fuel injection, 485 HP at 7,000 RPM, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with wishbones, coil springs, and anti-roll bars, hydraulic four-wheel ventilated disc brakes; wheelbase: 104.3”


Internally designated ‘Project 132’, the long-awaited successor to Lamborghini’s iconic Countach, began in 1985 during a particularly hectic time at the legendary Sant’Agata Bolognese-based supercar manufacturer. In addition to the pressure of the obviously great expectations surrounding the eventual replacement for the Countach, Lamborghini had existed since 1977 essentially in a perpetual state of bankruptcy. Nonetheless, design work was assigned to Luigi Marmirolli and Marcello Gandini. The choice of both men was inspired – Marmirolli’s impressive resume included stints with Scuderia Ferrari and work alongside engineering legend Carlo Chiti at Alfa Romeo. Gandini was a particularly essential choice for the demanding project, having designed the Countach during the 1970s while at Bertone. The new model was deemed ready for production by May 1986; however, Chrysler Corporation finalized its purchase of Lamborghini on April 23, 1987 and insisted on a review of the project, including design input from its Detroit stylists and the creation of a full-scale mockup with the American concept on one side and the original Italian work on the other. Dramatically, both competing designs were displayed before Chrysler directors at Lee Iacocca’s Tuscan summer residence, with the original Italian design prevailing. Once the body shape was honed in the wind tunnel, the stunning new Lamborghini made its public debut in 1990 at the Chicago Auto Show and provided a shock to the senses with its glorious excess everywhere it appeared, economic recession be damned.

Provocatively named “Diablo” after a notoriously fierce fighting bull of the 19th Century, the new Lamborghini, in the company’s words, “…could not be a conventional car, of course, and it had to be extreme, spectacular, forceful and uncommon: The Diablo, with its 492-horsepower generated by a 5.7-litre V-12, was all this – and more.” Based upon the same space frame as the Countach, but now using square-section members, the Diablo heralded Lamborghini’s first extensive use of composite materials and provided a much-stiffer structure. The fully independent suspension featured wishbones and coil springs, and the 5.7-litre V-12 engine featured dual-overhead camshafts per cylinder bank. As expected, Diablo performance was stunning, with 150 mph available in fourth gear, a ludicrous 202-mph top speed, and acceleration from rest to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds! Development was swift and methodical, with a number of subvariants of increasing technical sophistication. Road test reviews of the new Diablo were overwhelmingly positive, with Motor Trend’s report summarizing it best: “Cars like the Diablo exist for that one moment whether real or imagined, when the constraints of common sense can be left behind like so many mile-markers on the Autobahn. And a bug-splattered F40 slowly shrinks in the mirrors.” A truly important model indeed, the Diablo revitalized Lamborghini and set the stage for the company’s resurgence and growth through the 1990s and beyond.

Carrying exceptional purity of design and purpose with an incomparable driving experience, this first-generation 1992 Lamborghini Diablo is a beautiful and clean, three-owner California car with only an approximate 16,200 miles of use from new. Featuring a sinister black exterior paint finish over cream leather upholstery, the Diablo is accompanied by books, manuals and tools, plus a clean Carfax vehicle-history report. It also benefits from installation of a new clutch just 1,000 kilometres ago. Most recently, the Diablo has received a professional detailing and steam cleaning process. This stunning supercar includes emission-test and service records. Offered in a stunning color combination and outstanding presentation level, this early-production 1992 Lamborghini Diablo is an ideal candidate in today’s supercar market for astute collectors and marque enthusiasts.

1992 Lamborghini Diablo
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