2000 Lamborghini Diablo GTR
$580,000 - $780,000
RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 18 - 19 AUGUST 2017 - Offered on Saturday
- Number 19 of just 30 GTRs built
- Recently completed ground-up restoration
- Competition-specification Diablo with race history
Please note that this lot is offered on a Bill of Sale.
Fundamentally a development of the Super Veloce-based SV-R Diablo that served the single-marque Supertrophy series for the first four years, the GTR would be the track-only variant of the limited-production GT model. Beginning with the chassis, a fully integrated roll cage would protect the driver while an impressively large rear wing, bolted directly onto the frame, provided the aerodynamic downforce and stability needed for running at high speed. Additional measures to keep the weight down included a fully stripped interior. The body was almost entirely made from carbon fiber; only the roof and doors remained metal for rigidity and safety, while the windows were Plexiglas. Without a doubt, the Diablo GTR was the best handling car Lamborghini had built to date.
The 6.0-liter unit mounted behind the driver had been the single most powerful motor the company had ever produced, with 590 hp, 40 more than the previous pinnacle reached in the SVR. As a result of this and various other upgrades, the Diablo GTR was able to attain a top speed of 210 miles per hour.
Offered here is GTR number 19 of the 30 examples ever built. Serving as a competition vehicle for the entire run of the series, the vehicle was initially bought by the Stephane Ratel Organization (SRO), and in the 2001 season the car was raced by Autovitesse still under SRO ownership. The car showed silver metallic bodywork at the end of that year’s campaign and was subsequently bought and raced by Reiter Engineering for the 2002 Supertrophy series. Over the course of 2012 and 2013, this GTR was returned back to its original orange combination and underwent and extensive ground-up restoration. Every single part and component on the vehicle was either replaced or reconditioned to new before being mounted back onto the car.
The Diablo GTR marks an important shift in Lamborghini history for being one of the very first factory-backed racing efforts, but also for being the most hardcore and outlandish car the company had produced up to that date. Now is the opportunity to acquire one of the most unique Lamborghini experiences available.