1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV
Beauty and brawn
This car is one of our favourites in the Zagame Collection. It exudes beauty and brawn in equal measure and brings further refinement to the Diablo SV, which underwent a mid-cycle upgrade in 1999.
The most noticeable visual change was to the front body work with the Diablo’s pop-up headlamps replaced with fixed composite lenses and new design 18-inch wheels.
Oodles of soft suede on the inside and driver and passenger airbags as standard fitment tipped the Diablo into the modern era, from a passive safety perspective at least.
The dashboard was also restyled and featured a contemporary wave shape design with a strip of instrument and warning lights bursting into bright gelati colours whenever the ignition was clicked over.
It wasn’t just the SV’s exterior and interior that gained improvements. The fire-breathing V12 also gained variable valve timing and fistfuls of extra kilowatts and Newton metres. The reverberation from the quad tailpipes punches through your body like you’re a paper cut-out figure and under load the engine sounds like an Insinkerator trying to mince cutlery. In a word: Wow!
Last but certainly not least, this SV is personally signed by legendary Lamborghini chief test driver, Valentino Balboni. Like its blue brother also featured in Zagame Collection, this 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.