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Last Lamborghini Produced Before Audi Took Control Heading to Auction

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In September 1998, the maddest supercar manufacturer of them all gave in to years of financial burdens. The Volkswagen Group took control of Lamborghini through Audi, and the rest is history.

What you can admire in the photo gallery below is an important milestone from the bygone times of Lamborghini. More specifically, the Diablo SV featured is believed to be the last Lamborghini to be produced in Sant’Agata before Audi took the bull by the horns.

Set to be sold on March 6 at The Restoration Show Sale in Birmingham, this 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV is expected to fetch somewhere between 150,000 and 170,000 pounds sterling, as per Silverstone Auctions ‘ estimation. That’s $216,885 to $245,805 based on current exchange rates, which means that it’s either this old school taurus or an all-new Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, which is based on the Audi R8 V10 Plus.

V12 SVR left the factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese on December 21, 1999, before the Audi crowd shut down for the Christmas break. From the beginning of the third millennium, Lamborghini’s madness was replaced by German efficiency. Ever since, Audi started to get its nose in the development of the Diablo. Thanks to German know-how, the Diablo story continued with the VT 6.0 model, the first and final redesign of the Diablo. Belgian car designer Luc Donckerwolke penned the exterior styling of the Diablo VT 6.0.

The same man designed the Murcielago and the Gallardo, the models we associate with the beginning of the modern Lamborghini era. With these being said, now we can truly understand how much historical meaning lies within the bowels of a particular Diablo SV.

Chassis number 12330 is a right-hand drive example of the breed with 32,000 miles (51,500 kilometers) on the odometer. If we’re not mistaken, the Pearl Red/Orange paint job is one of the rarest finishes that were available for the Diablo. The paint has blemishes here and there, but the truth is that all 17-year-old supercars have them. Overall, this raging bull is in tip-top condition.

The only non-original feature comes in the form of an Alpine multimedia system with satellite navigation, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. If this detail doesn’t put you off from bidding for this Diablo SV, then what are you waiting for? Add it to your shortlist and give this masterpiece a new home in your garage.


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