Finding a Lamborghini in any form as a project is a rare occurence. But more often than not, if one is discovered, it’s a model from the 1970s, languishing after years of hard use. Occassionally, however, they turn up as a fairly recent model, like this rare Diablo SE30 spotted here on eBay by Barn Finds reader Dik S., where the seller is asking £100,000 for this tattered project supercar.
What’s amazing about this particular find is that it’s not only a Diablo project car but that it’s a highly rare SE30 edition. These limited production models was effectively a modified Diablo for the street, built to commemorate the company’s 30th anniversary. Lighter weight, more power and more manual controls made it one of the most desirable Diablos ever made, right up there with the SV.
Unfortunately, this example has not had an easy life. Previously belonging to a prince in the UAE (surprise, surprise), the seller doesn’t explain what caused this extremely rare Lamborghini to end up in this state. Regardless, it sounds as if he has been moving it place to place as he picks away at the project, sourcing expensive replacement parts while losing others along the way. This seems like an unusual state of affairs for someone with the means to restore a Lamborghini.
I do think it’s safe to say something traumatic happened to this limited production Diablo. The car should be purple over black; the red rear quarters may be from a different car entirely and the engine has been removed but is said to be near completely refurbished. The seller has listed a variety of conditions as to how he’ll sell the car and what work he is willing to do; it ultimately leads to a very confusing classified ad. No matter what, this SE30 Diablo is special, and it’s going to take someone of means to bring it back to life.