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Rarer than rare? One of only two Lamborghini Diablo SV Roadsters is up for sale

It’s also the very last V12 supercar from the raging bull to combine a rear-wheel drive setup with a manual gearbox

Published: 15 Dec 2023

One of only two factory-made 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV Roadsters has just gone up for auction at RM Sotheby’s, and presents the opportunity for wealthy bidders to own a much sought-after analogue supercar and live out their ‘Vice City lifestyle’ fantasies.

It’s also the last V12-powered vehicle from the Modenese marque to combine a manual gearbox with a rear-wheel drive layout.

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Before we get into the specific exterior details, please take a moment to admire the rather fetching ‘Roadster Giallo’ paint finish if you haven’t already done so. Have you ever seen a more yellowy yellow than that? Aside from your fingers after a packet of Wotsits, it's perhaps the yellowiest yellow yet.

Standout characteristics include exposed carbon fibre, a revised rear wing and upgraded front suspension lift kit system which should help during the speed bump Olympics. Much like the exterior, the choice of interior finish, ‘Nero Torpedo’ Alcantara, is equally striking. Never has a car adopted Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Black and Yellow’ theme more confidently.

The drivetrain does remain stock however, so its V12 still has around 530bhp and 450lb ft of torque coursing through its manual six-speed box. We say ‘still’ very loosely, because big Lambos from this era are known to be a bit of a handful when pushed.

The top speed also continues to sit at 206mph as a result, and while most supercars of this nature are unlikely to have ever seen more than 17mph, this car’s 26k-mile history does mean there’s a good chance it’s been taken to a dizzying 27 by one of its former three owners.

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It’s not yet clear just how much money could be involved, but with the average Diablo currently switching hands for anywhere from £200k to £400k, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this SV Roadster surpass the half million pound barrier.

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