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Our ultra-rare 1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Coupe is in immaculate condition after long-term ownership by two distinguished collectors. It currently shows just 7,273 miles and is mechanically, as you would expect, in excellent working order.
Lamborghini has always built their cars in extremely low numbers. This was even more true throughout the transition of ownership in the 1990s. In 1999 they sold/delivered just 265 vehicles. Of those, the majority were VT Roadsters, GTR, and SV models. The VT coupe exact production number is not confirmed, but we are certain it is the rarest of all models in 1999. We have put in a request and are currently waiting for a number from Lamborghini in Sant’Agata. One new record we found indicates just twenty-three 1999 Diablo VT Coupes were built.
At a time when the company was financed by the Swiss-based Mimran brothers, Lamborghini began development of what was codenamed Project 132 in June 1985 as a replacement for the Countach model. The brief stated that its top speed had to be at least 315 km/h (196 mph).
The design of the car was contracted to Marcello Gandini, who had designed its two predecessors. When Chrysler bought the company in 1987, providing money to complete its development, its management was uncomfortable with Gandini’s designs and commissioned its design team in Detroit to execute a third extensive redesign, smoothing out the trademark’s sharp edges and corners of Gandini’s original design.
The car became known as the Diablo, carrying on Lamborghini’s tradition of naming its cars after breeds of fighting bulls. The Diablo was named after a ferocious bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century, famous for fighting an epic battle with ‘El Chicorro’ in Madrid on July 11, 1869. In the words of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the Diablo was designed “solely to be the biggest head-turner in the world.”
The development is believed to have cost a total of 6 billion Italian lira.
1999 Diablo VT:
The second generation VT coupé and roadster received the same cosmetic and mechanical upgrades as the SV model, including the open headlamps, restyled interior, 536 PS (394 kW; 529 hp) engine, and ABS; little else was changed from the previous generation. All US-spec VT models, coupé and roadster alike, shared the same unique front and rear fascias as seen on the original VT Roadster, along with the vertical painted rear brake ducts that had debuted on the SE30 model; these cosmetic variations were available as options on rest-of-world VT coupés.
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