In 1990, the world was introduced to the new model from Sant'Agata, serving as the successor to the already sixteen-year-old Countach. The development of the model began in 1987 when Chrysler took over the company for a hefty $25 million. Marcello Gandini already had an idea ready, named Project 132, but Chrysler deemed it too outdated and sharply lined. Pushing Gandini into the background, Chrysler's own Tom Gale from the Chrysler Styling Centre was given the task of reviving the project to conceive a smoother and more subdued variant of Gandini's project.

By 1990, the Diablo was ready to be presented to the public during the second Lamborghini Day at Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. The pop-up headlights, the upward-hinging doors, and the extremely thick rear end left everyone present in awe, which was swiftly followed by applause.

Beneath the long rear hood lies a 5.7-litre V12 with two overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and a simple computer-controlled multipoint fuel injection. The power? An, for its day, incredible 492 hp plus 580 Nm of torque. With this, the 1,576-kilogram Lambo accelerates to a hundred in 4.5 seconds. It is the first car from the brand to surpass the magical 200 miles per hour mark. Only once it reaches 202 miles per hour or 325 km/h, does it attain its limit. Perusing the options list endlessly is unnecessary. Standard features include fully adjustable seats and steering, electric windows, an Alpine radio (who needs that in a Diablo?!), and from 1993 onwards it has power steering too. Yes, the first three years of its existence require a strong pair of arms. You understand these days such an early variant without aids is 'the one to have.'

That's precisely the variant we offer here, delivered on October 24, 1991, in Toulouse, France, and recently equipped with Dutch plates. Despite its height of only 1.10 meters, you cannot overlook this supercar: canary yellow paint, an enormous rear wing, and an interior finished in black leather: an absolute attention-grabber, this Diablo.

The bodywork is beautiful, and the paint is in very good condition. The Lamborghini looks fantastic in every way, with the original multi-piece wheels, of course. What an impressive car it is, built in a time when concessions for pedestrians and following an 'average taste of the target audience' were not seen as guiding principles. No, exactly the design as Lamborghini envisioned it.

The interior is also entirely uncompromising. The wide central tunnel, the large dome behind the steering wheel accommodates all essential instruments. The fact that it's an early Diablo means that the gauges are still somewhat disastrously challenging to read and are partly covered by the steering wheel. The small, almost anonymous steering wheel invites you to grip it firmly when the enormous V12 is allowed to show what it's capable of. Everything exudes that this car is capable of magnificent performance. At the same time, the car also radiates that it has always been cherished. Black leather upholstery can quickly show signs of use, but everything in this Diablo is still in splendid condition.

If there's anything crucial when purchasing a Diablo, it's the state of the technology. Well, with this Lamborghini, you needn't worry. The Diablo recently underwent major maintenance, addressing both the engine and brakes, amongst other things. Invoices for the car are available. The 492 hp strong V12 is truly fantastic, not only beautiful to look at but also thrilling to the ears. The Pirelli tires, 245 mm wide at the front and an impressive 335 at the rear, are in optimal condition.

The result is stunning, an incredible Diablo, in a beautiful color scheme. A beloved early version ready for a new chapter in its exciting story. This story comes complete with invoices, and original booklets, in the original suede folder. You're not likely to find a better example.

Gallery Aaldering is Europe's leading Classic Cars specialist since 1975! Always 400 Classic and Sportscars in stock, please visit for the current stock list (all offered cars are available in our showroom) and further information. We are located near the German border, 95 km from Düsseldorf and 90 km from Amsterdam. So easy traveling by plane, train, taxi and car. Transport and worldwide shipping can be arranged. No duties/import costs within Europe. We buy, sell and provide consignment sales (selling on behalf of the owner). We can arrange/provide registration/papers for our German (H-Kennzeichen, TÜV, Fahrzeugbrief, Wertgutachten usw.) and Benelux customers. Gallery Aaldering, Arnhemsestraat 47, 6971 AP Brummen, The Netherlands. Tel: 0031-575-564055. Quality, experience and transparency is what sets us apart. We look forward to welcoming you in our showroom

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