Gorgeous Lamborghini Diablo Owned By Mario Andretti Up For Sale

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The former F1 racer's ownership makes this a truly special Lambo.

For supercar and Lamborghini fans alike, things don't get much better than an immaculately preserved Lamborghini Diablo. It's tough to add provenance to such a stunning motorcar, but this '90s legend had the privilege of being owned and driven by none other than Mario Andretti. Now, it's up for grabs on Bring A Trailer.

Purchased new by Andretti in 1991, the Rosso-painted beauty spent some time with the iconic race car driver in Pennsylvania but later moved to other states as ownership changed hands. The vehicle is currently in Florida and comes with a clean title. However, collectors will be pleased to know it comes with a copy of the original Pennsylvania title, with Mr. Andretti's name and signature.

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Despite this Raging Bull's advanced age, the Diablo presents beautifully. At some point in its 31-year life, it's been treated to a respray to keep it looking fresh. It's not perfect, though. Look closely, and you'll notice imperfections in the weatherstripping. The windshield trim is also out of alignment but these are minor issues that can be rectified with minimal fuss.

More importantly, the Diablo's moving parts have been well looked after. In 2020, it was treated to a pricey engine-out service at High Mountain Classics in Colorado. Aside from this, new hoses were fitted, the cooling system was serviced and, crucially, the cylinder heads were machined. A year later, replacement clutch cylinders were installed.

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It may not be as fast as a modern-day Aventador S, but the Diablo delivers a more visceral driving experience, thanks in no small part to the engine. When it was new, the 5.7-liter V12 produced 485 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. This translates into fairly startling performance; 0 to 60 mph is dispatched in a claimed 3.8 seconds, although the real-world figure was closer to 4.5 seconds.

That's still impressive, as is the top speed of 208 mph. A five-speed manual transmission sends power to the rear wheels and, unlike contemporary supercars, there's no power steering or ABS brakes - let alone traction control. All that's keeping you glued to the road is your talent and Pirelli P Zero Rosso tires. Stopping power comes courtesy of ATE four-wheel disc brakes; the calipers were also rebuilt in 2020.

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Flip the scissor doors open, and the well-preserved cream interior will present itself. It's no luxury car, but the sumptuous leather upholstery, slanted dashboard, and sculpted seats provide a sense of occasion. The odometer shows the Diablo has covered 37,535 km (23,323 miles), which is quite a distance for a car of this ilk.

If you're interested, you've still got some time left. At the time of writing, the auction has nine days to go, with the highest bid currently sitting at $125,000. That seems like a bargain, especially when you consider this vehicle's backstory. But we expect the price to grow in the coming days.

Will it dethrone the 807-mile example that recently sold for $399,226? Only time will tell, but it has a good chance - after all, celebrity-owned Diablos tend to change hands for exorbitant amounts of money.

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