1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
Intoxicating and intimidating
When the SV’s V12 naturally aspirated engine kicks into life the cacophony of mechanical menace is enough to send children scurrying and dogs howling at the sky. It is intoxicating and intimidating in equal measure.
First in many ways
This Super Veloce version of the Diablo revived the SV suffix, which has not been seen since the legendary Miura SV. What makes this particular example truly special – apart from its deep Blu Le Mans paintwork and flesh-ripping sound – is that it was the first Diablo SV officially imported into Australia and the only known documented one in the country with pop up headlights.
Want further exclusivity? It is one of only five classified Australian-delivered Diablo SVs, and one of only 14 known to be built in right-hand drive out of a total circa 100 Diablo SVs estimated to have been produced.
The SV was based on the standard Diablo and is therefore a rear-drive coupe. With 500-plus horsepower sitting amidships and no fancy electronic driving aids to rely on, this machine can be hard to harness, despite its preferred 59/41 rear weight bias.
A rare opportunity
Plunge into the driver’s seat and you are greeted by a suede interior with lashings of carbon fibre from the centre console to door trims, instrument cluster and side sills. Being in platinum concours condition, this Diablo SV has been invited to the Concorso d’Eleganza in Villa d’Este and is a rare opportunity for the serious collector.