Lot Number
155

1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT

$250,000 - $300,000

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 19 - 20 JANUARY 2017


Chassis No.
ZA9DU01B3XLA12246
  • Two private owners from new
  • Only 7,300 original miles
  • A fine example of a landmark Lamborghini model

492 bhp, 5,707 cc DOHC V-12 engine, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.3 in.

Unveiled in 1993, the Diablo VT would be the second major iteration of Lamborghini’s supercar for the 1990s. The abbreviation “VT” stood for Viscous Traction, Lamborghini’s variable four-wheel-drive traction system, which greatly assisted in adequately putting the power down where the most traction is needed. When the rear wheels begin to lose traction, a maximum of 40% of additional torque can be diverted to the front wheels in an effort to maintain stability.

Along with the welcome addition of traction control, Lamborghini also took the chance to address other areas that could use updates for the Diablo VT. In looking to increase driver and passenger comfort, upgrades included a lighter clutch and slightly bigger seats. Intakes were added at the front, near the driving lights, to assist with brake cooling. Power steering also helped to make the car easier to control, along with an active suspension with electronically adjustable dampers.

Nineteen ninety-nine saw the introduction of the second-generation Diablo VT, which was built in small numbers before the modernized Audi-backed Diablo 6.0 was released. Thus, 1999 Diablo VTs had open headlights, a redesigned interior, ABS brakes as standard, 18-inch wheels, and a 529-horsepower 5.7-liter V-12. Exact production numbers for the 1999 VT Coupe are unknown, but Lamborghini sold only 265 cars that year, most of them being SVs and VT Roadsters. U.S.-specification VT coupes had SE30-style rear brake ducts and bumpers from the VT Roadster as standard, while for every other country, those features were optional. The 1999 Diablo VT is the final and most refined Diablo before Lamborghini entered the 21st century with the modernized and refined Audi-backed Diablo VT 6.0.

Finished in the classic Italian color combination of Rosso over beige leather interior with red piping, this 1999 Diablo VT has had two collector owners from new. The current owner purchased the vehicle in 2003 and today it has 7,300 original miles, 2,800 of them being from the current owner. Photos documenting its engine-out service performed by Evans Automotive in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003 are included with the sale, as are as other service records.

This Diablo VT represents the end of an era for Lamborghini, a time before Audi brought the brand into the modern era and encouraged production on a much larger scale.



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