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Lot 104

1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster

  • Chassis no. ZA9RU31B6XLA12197

Sold for $302,500

492 bhp, 5,707 cc DOHC V-12 engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.3 in.

  • Lamborghini’s first production convertible; one of 466 examples produced
  • Two owners and under 6,300 miles from new
  • Finished in rare and desirable Rosso Mica

While a handful of open-top Lamborghini concepts had been teased to the public in the company’s past, Lamborghini’s first production convertible would be the Diablo VT Roadster. Unveiled to the public at the Bologna Motor Show in December of 1995, the introduction of a roadster body style to Lamborghini’s already dramatic Diablo VT certainly caught the attention of automotive enthusiasts worldwide. With a top speed of 200 mph, and a 0–60 mph time of four seconds, the Diablo VT Roadster was one of the world’s fastest convertibles when new and even remains competitive against today’s current crop of supercars.

Externally, the new VT Roadster differed in a number of ways from its closed sibling. These changes included a slightly lower windscreen, larger rear air intakes, new OZ wheels, new doors with beveled door glass, and an all-new rear bumper. Furthermore, in 1996, all new Diablos were fitted with a hydraulic nose-lifting system, enabling the front end of the car to be lifted two inches when necessary. The Diablo’s hardtop roof could be easily removed and stowed over the engine cover, an innovative solution that meant the driver would never be left without the car’s top in the event of a sudden downpour, as was often the case with similar convertible supercars. By the time production concluded on the Diablo VT Roadster, only 466 examples had been produced.

Finished in desirable Rosso Mica over a Crema leather interior, this particular Diablo has been very well preserved and maintained from new, having enjoyed just two owners in the Northeastern United States throughout its life. The car’s last major service was done in October of 2015 at 6,200 miles, and it received a more recent annual service in February of 2016. Furthermore, invoices for both those services are on file, and the car is accompanied by service records dating back to 2007.

One of the most celebrated variants of the Diablo, the VT Roadster was the start of a wonderful line of Lamborghini V-12 roadsters. Combining rarity, performance, looks, and an important place in Lamborghini’s history, it is a surefire future collectible and an automobile that every supercar enthusiast should aspire to own. This particular example checks all the right boxes, offering a desirable color combination, recent service, and having been driven less than 6,300 miles from new with two owners.


Please note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be purchased by a dealer or out-of-state resident.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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