In June 1985, financed by the Swiss-based Mimram brothers, Lamborghini began the development of what was codenamed “Project 132” as the replacement of the Gandini styled Countach, and was soon to be known as the ‘Diablo’.
When introduced in 1990, the Diablo was powered by a 5.7 litre, 48 valve V12 engine; in its time this was the fastest car ever to wield the ‘Raging Bull’ badge. With a mid-mounted engine producing 499bhp, the Diablo was a well balanced and incredibly powerful car that could achieve 0-60mph in little over four seconds and had an unmatchable top speed of 202mph.
The Diablo SV was introduced in 1995 at the Geneva Auto Show, reviving the super veloce title first used on the Miura SV. The SV was based on the standard Diablo and in such a way lacked the 4WD system used in the VT. A notable feature of the SV was an increase in horsepower to 517 PS (380 kW; 510 hp), which, paired with the two-wheel drive layout, made for a slightly more exciting ride to say the least. An adjustable rear spoiler was installed as standard equipment and could be color-matched to the car body or formed from carbon fiber. Other exterior changes included black tail lamp surrounds, repositioned rear fog and reverse lamps as on the SE30, dual front fog-lamps an extra set of front brake cooling ducts, a ducted engine lid similar to that installed on the Diablo SE30 Jota, and optional “SV” decals for the sides of the car which are evident on this car. The SV also featured larger diameter front brakes and a corresponding increase in front wheel size to 18 inches.
This particular Diablo SV is one of just thirty-three Right Hand Drive Diablo SV’s ever made, of which an ever smaller number remain today making it a hugely sought after car. Built in 1998 the car was registered in the UK on 5th November 1999 and was then sold to its most recent owner on 25th May 2004 where is has been housed in a climate controlled underground carpark near Canary Wharf. As a result of its sparing yet regular use the odometer now reads a meagre 16,947 miles. The car is by no means discrete and has been known to activate burglar alarms whilst cruising the streets of London. Not a car for the faint hearted, the SV is widely regarded to be the poster-car of the late 1990s and early 2000s.