- The Classic Road Collection Car
- Body Type: Convertible
- Dealer Location: Madrid
- Year Built: 1997
- Trans: Choose an item
- Fuel Type: Gas
- Ext color: grey
- Int color: red
1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster
•One of an estimated 330 Roasters built
•Comprehensive service history
•Circa 13,200 kilometers from new
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.
Stretched to 5.7 litres for the Diablo, Lamborghini’s 48-valve V12 engine gained fuel injection for the first time, producing a maximum of 492bhp. 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. Four-wheel drive Diablo VT and Targa-style open roadster versions soon followed.
One of an estimated 330 Diablo Roadsters ever built, this car was an european version which was delivered to its first owner in Muskat, Oman on October 28th, 1997 . The car was delivered through the Omani Lamborghini official dealer Shanfari for his magesty the sultan of Oman, who ordered it as a present for an Omani relative and VIP. This first owner drove this beauty for just a few hundred kilometers. In 2003, the car was sold to Japan showing on the odometer less than 1,500 km. It was imported by the Japanese company Car Gallery Yoshizawa Ltd of Suzuka, where it was registered on December 24th, 2003. Then the car went sold on July 29th, 2005 to Tokai Logistics Service Ltd of Shizuoka who used it very occasionally and kept it until November 6th, 2009 when it got sold to the company Aplus Co, Ltd of Osaka. On March 12th, 2014 the car was purchased by Mr. Kenji Ishikawa of Okayama who was just a broker and sold it a few weeks later on May 7th, 2014 to Mr. Ichiro Nakano of Hiroshima who enjoyed it until November 2023 where it was purchased by The Classic Road. All owners used it very 0ccasionally and carried out the required servicing. Expertly cared for, this very rare open supercar is described by the vendor as in generally great condition. With its amazing, rare and elegant color combination of Bianco (white) with red interior, this car is a welcome change from the loud colors the Diablo is often associated with. Importantly, it ticks all the boxes as a collector’s car, being from a limited series and one of the last Lamborghini’s produced prior to the Audi take-over. The fact that it is also one of the last supercars to have a conventional manual gearbox only makes it even more desirable. Accompanying documentation consists of the original sets of keys, history of the japanese department of motorvehicles proving its original milage and ownerships, european import documents, original leather pouch with books, original Alpine radio system, etc… This sophisticated and special vehicle underwent a complete service and a full body paint as the previous owner changed the color from its original silver to orange so we decided to repaint it back to its original and beautiful white/red color combination. It is equipped with its original and very pricy rear spoiler and looks absolutely as it was born in 1997. It shows 13.500 original km on the odometer, which can be proved with the original documents available. The majority if not all services were carried out by the Lamborghini official dealer Azabu of Tokyo who serviced it when it was driven for just 1’578 km, then at 5’815 km, at 6’579 km and at 9’436 km. This last service was done on October 2022. When we purchased this unit, the car was showing 13’089 km. We recommend the following videoclips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhFcEDLGe10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pklGaECSgME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5stmjS5VHQ