One owner, c.10,000 kilometres from new 2000 Lamborghini Diablo GT Coupé Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. ZA9DE21A0YLA12506 Engine no. 12508
After 17 years in production, the legendary Countach was replaced by the Diablo, which on its arrival was the fastest, most advanced and most expensive Lamborghini ever built. First exhibited publicly at Monaco in January 1990, the Diablo improved on its illustrious predecessor in every way, setting a new benchmark in supercar design. Nobody can have been surprised to learn that it had been styled by Marcello Gandini, the man responsible for the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, for the family resemblance was obvious. Beneath the skin there was a steel spaceframe chassis, developed from the Countach's, but constructed of square-section rather than round tubing and incorporating 'crumple zones' at front and rear. The use of carbon-fibre composite panels, first seen in the Countach Evoluzione model, was extended in the Diablo, which also featured revised suspension capable of accommodating the envisaged future developments of four-wheel drive and active suspension. Stretched to 5.7 litres for the Diablo, Lamborghini's 48-valve V12 engine gained fuel injection for the first time, producing its maximum of 492bhp at 7,000rpm. Of equal, if not greater significance, maximum torque went up to 428lb/ft, an improvement of 55% over the Countach. Catalytic converters were standard, enabling the reworked V12 to meet emissions requirements worldwide. With more power and a lower drag coefficient than the Countach, the Diablo easily eclipsed its forebear, exceeding 200mph (322km/h) on test. More importantly, its acceleration and top speed figures were marginally better than those of the Ferrari F40. The Diablo though, was not a limited edition model like the latter, but a series production car with a luxuriously appointed interior reflecting its designers' intention to produce a civilised Gran Turismo as suited to city streets and motorways as the racetrack. Its UK launch price was pitched at just under £153,000, making the Diablo one the world's most expensive cars. Four-wheel drive Diablo VT and Targa-style open roadster versions soon followed and then came the Diablo SE (Special Edition) only 150 examples of which were built to celebrate Lamborghini's 30 years as a car manufacturer. Somewhat simplified (and cheaper) Diablo SV and racing-orientated Diablo SV-R models followed, the latter built specifically for the Philippe Charriol Super Sport Trophy series. Introduced for 1999, the Diablo GT took the competition theme even further, boasting a enlarged (6.0-litre) and more powerful (575bhp) engine, while carbon fibre was used extensively for the redesigned bodywork and interior; indeed, almost all external panels apart from the roof and doors were made of this composite material. The body's flared wheelarches covered wider wheels, while beneath the skin improvements were made to the suspension and ABS brakes. Although most of the interior was carbon fibre, it still came trimmed in leather/Alcantara and had air conditioning as standard, with dual airbags an option. One of only 80 examples made, this rare Diablo GT has had only one owner and comes with full service history. Only 10,000-or-so kilometres have been covered from new and the car remains in generally excellent condition, boasting four new tyres and new brake pads (replaced because of their age). Offered with all manuals, sundry service invoices, MoT to June 2011 and Swansea V5, it represents an exciting opportunity to acquire a little used limited edition example of one of the defining supercars of its era. A sports exhaust system is the only notified deviation from factory specification.