Stunning Survivor Supercar: 1991 Lamborghini Diablo

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I would never own a supercar like this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo. There, I’ve said it. Regular readers are probably picking themselves up off the floor following that statement, but there is a perfectly sound reason I feel this way. Once a person reaches a certain plateau of, er, maturity, climbing out of one of these vehicles in public is guaranteed to be a less-than-elegant sight. For me, it is less likely to be a climb but more of a “crawl and fall” exercise. However, it would offer a once-in-a-lifetime for the right person to experience one of the automotive world’s ultimate driving machines. If you fit that mold, you will find the Diablo listed here on Craigslist in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With an admission price of $338,888, I must say a big thank you to Barn Finder Kyle K for referring this Italian stallion.

The Diablo’s design was a collaborative effort. Marcello Gandini penned the initial design, adding it to his portfolio that included the Countach, the Miura, the Alfa Romeo Montreal, and more humble models like the Renault 5 Turbo. The final design was locked in by Tom Gale from Chrysler, who added his flair to such vehicles as the 1992 Dodge Viper, the Plymouth Prowler, and Lee Iacocca’s beloved K-Car range. It features the low and swooping lines readily associated with the brand, along with Gandini’s iconic scissor doors first seen on the Countach. The original owner ordered this car in Impact White, one of the company’s most conservative shades in that model year. However, it doesn’t make this Diablo any less imposing. It is hard to fault its presentation, with the paint shining beautifully, the plastic and glass looking flawless, and the enormous wheels free from stains and marks. The seller describes it as being in showroom condition, and agreeing with that assessment is pretty easy.

For me, there is one feature that defines an Italian supercar. It isn’t beautifully sculpted panels that could pass as a work of modern art. It isn’t a fire-breathing engine that could launch the car close to the speed of sound. Those features are nice, and I wouldn’t mind if the vehicle in question possessed either or both of those attributes. However, if its interior doesn’t feature a gated shifter, then I’m not interested. I know that in this era of paddle-shift transmissions, it is as antiquated as the typewriter, but a gated shifter possesses a presence that is lost with newer models. This Diablo has that features as an integral part of an interior that presents beautifully. There are acres of rich Rosso Red leather that is virtually perfect. There are no signs of wear or abuse, and no hand-stitched seams are parting or splitting. The driver peers through a three-spoke leather-wrapped wheel at gauges featuring clear lenses and crisp markings. An aftermarket CD player occupies the spot normally reserved for the factory unit, but there are no other additions. The overall condition is consistent with the claimed odometer reading and would help ensure this beauty received as many admiring looks today as it would have when it rolled off the showroom floor.

It’s a shame the seller doesn’t supply any engine photos because this is another aspect of the car that qualifies as modern art. The Diablo is a mid-engines supercar powered by a 5.7-liter quad-cam V12 that pumps out 485hp. The Italian stallions meet the road via a five-speed manual transaxle, allowing the 3,474 lb Lamborghini to cover the ¼-mile in 12.2 seconds. If the driver takes enough brave pills to keep the foot to the floor, that V12 will run out of breath at 202mph. And there rests what is probably the Diablo’s greatest claim to fame, as it was the company’s first model that managed to top the double-ton. The only disappointment for the company was that it achieved the feat three years after arch-rival Ferrari did so with its F40. However, since the F40 hit the wall at 201mph, the Diablo could claim bragging rights on that score. This Lamborghini is in excellent mechanical health. It has a genuine 26,000 Kilometres (16,000 Miles) showing on its odometer and is ready to hit the open road with a new owner behind the wheel.

Let’s not beat about the bush because dropping nearly $340,000 on a classic car Is a significant investment. It would be a select few that can do that, and I envy them the driving experience. The Diablo remained in production from 1990 until 2001, with 2,884 cars rolling out of the Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, factory. The price of this thoroughbred sits at the top end of the market, but its condition and odometer reading justify that figure. I doubt the seller will be inundated with inquiries, but I won’t be surprised if it finds a new home. If that person is you, I’d like to add that I am available if you ever need a chauffeur. If you can put up with me falling out of the car in public, I’ll handle the humiliation!

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Comments

  1. Nevada1/2rack NevadahalfrackMember

    You might consider buying this as a health aid, Adam-between the physical exertion of egress/ingress, the endorphin rush of owning it and testosterone boost from driving it’d be a full on workout. It surely would be in my case. Now If I could only configure an income tax break…

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    • greg

      It is also important to measure the distance between left and right hip so that it falls into Italian parameters- somewhere between 55 and 60 cms fits okay- I suppose one could buy a corset and move it lower. great looking car but should also come with a hoist to lift driver in style

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  2. gippy

    From the late 70’s all through the 80’s, the Countach was the dream of every supercar fan with it’s angular styling and aggressive flairs. It spawned a hundred kits from VW powered to full on chassis’ with small block Chevys. Then along came the Diablo with it’s smooth lines and suddenly the Countach looked like old news. Who knows how many half finished kits were just abandoned as the owner lost enthusiasm to finish a car that would be outdated.

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  3. Big C

    The same designer as the K car, signed off on this? Well, both cars were about as reliable.

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  4. Howie

    I would luv to own this, but white with that red interior is a easy no way. What other colors do you have available?

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  5. mainlymuscle

    If the price is Canuck loonie bucks , it’s a steal ! I have inquired .

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    • PRA4SNW

      I was curious too, so please let us know what the seller says.

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  6. OldCarGuy

    Yes, $338,888 Canadian, one would assume, as advertised on Canadian Craigslist. Canadians usually specify US $ when that’s what they desire. OK, bargain hunters, do your stuff.

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    • Terence Flanagan

      What’s that in US American dollars? 100? 100 k lol ? Do you take flannel and maple syrup as payment? It is Canada

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  7. TheOldRanger

    Waaaay outta my league… but it is a nice looking vehicle.
    This is what I paid for my retirement house and I’ve got a lot more room…. LOL

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  8. Bear

    That’s a lot of money to give for something that don’t have a front porch

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  9. Don Leblanc

    I used to volunteer my time moving cars at a large car auction in Toronto. I found out these things are tricky trying to back them into a parking spot.
    I sat on the entry sill to back it in because looking in the mirror, all you see is rear fender. Lots of fun, you don’t see too many women in short skirts getting out of these gracefully LOL.

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    • PRA4SNW

      Saw a guy do the same thing in a Countach one time. It is sort of hilarious to watch.

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  10. Stan

    I’m nearby, if someone would like to arrange a test drive w the seller, let me know, I’d be happy to do a report for the perspective buyer. Promise to wind it out, and clik-clak through the gated shifter in all gears. 🍁

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  11. TomP

    I’ve owned a few cars with steering wheel paddle shifters. Paddle shifters stink.

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    • PRA4SNW

      My Charger had paddles – might have used them twice in the almost 20 years I owned it.
      Sport mode on the transmission did a fine job.

      Like 2

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