Greg's List: Lamborghini Diablo VT
By Greg Warner
This impeccable and fabulous looking 1994 Lamborghini "Diablo VT" in Rosso Red, with camel-colored interior, is offered for auction by the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company at their Orange County Auction Event held at the O.C. Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA, which runs from June 24 through June 26, 2011. Wow, that's this weekend!!! So if you're looking for something fun and exciting to do and have a few spare greenbacks to plunk down on that "dream car" (i.e.- investment) you've been waiting for, now's your chance to make that dream a reality!
This very clean and well-maintained 1994 Lamborghini "Diablo-VT" (VT for Viscous-Traction) is a beautiful representation of the "Devil" at it's best! "Diablo", of course, translates to "Devil" in Spanish. However, the actual source of using the "Diablo" moniker (for this successor to the venerable and wildly successful, world-famous "Countach" model) was drawn from Spanish history and was the name of a famously ferocious, 19th century, fighting bull, which was owned and raised by the "Duke of Veragua", who also happened to be the grandson and heir of Christopher Columbus! This first-generation, "Diablo VT" model, sports a 492hp, 348 c.i., updated version of the "Countach" V-12 engine, with Dual-OHC (two per head) and 48-valves and computerized, multi-point fuel-injection system, connected to a sophisticated, viscous-traction, all-wheel-drive chassis with less than 15,500 miles since new! Only about 400 of the 1st-gen "Diablo VT's" were ever built between 1993 and 1998.
The 1st-gen Lamborghini "Diablo VT" was breathtaking to behold and is arguably one of the most beautiful, sexy and extremely-fast, exotic-supercars ever produced! This over-the-top, almost-as-fast-as-a-speeding-bullet, as aerodynamically perfect as anything earthbound could be, fire-breathing beast was designed by the infamous and proud Marcello Gandini, who had also designed the two predecessors in line to the "Diablo", the Miura and the Countach. The edict was sent from the top brass at the time (around June of 1985) to design a vehicle that could reach a top speed of 315km/hr (approx. 196 mph, for us metrically challenged folk) and yet meet all the new (and ever increasing) emissions standards and safety regulations of the day. Rumor has it, that after the Chrysler Corporation had taken over ownership of Lamborghini in 1987, (which was right in the midst of designing the "Diablo") they frowned at the angular design of the new model ( maybe to much like the Countach?) and had their designers in Detroit take a hand at smoothing-out the aggressive angles by massaging the bodywork into a more curvaceous look.
Zero to 60mph took just over 4 seconds and handling was unbelievably well-controlled, even under the most lead-footed of handlers, due to the perfectly-balanced weight distribution of the rear-facing, mid-engine and "VT" all-wheel-drive system, which automatically/electronically (or manually, depending on how the driver had the controls set) switched traction to the front wheels in the instance the rear wheels broke loose. Even though the "Diablo" overall was larger, wider, stronger and thus heavier than the "Countach", it was still the fastest production car in the world at the time of it's debut in 1990. The body was uniquely designed as well, using steel, composite and aluminum panels and retained those tell-tale Lamborghini "scissor-style" doors which opened straight up and angled forward out of the way. The new Lamborghini "Diablo" was also outfitted with more creature comforts and refinements than ever before but remained an icon of all that is Italian in supercar motoring and still draws a crowd every time one is seen in public.
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