What makes the SV Monterey Edition so special?
Lamborghini's V12 models have been on a ten-year product cycle since the legendary Diablo. This is quite the contrast to the Diablo's predecessor, the Countach, which was sold from 1974 until 1990. Very soon, the Lamborghini Aventador S will be replaced by an all-new model. The Diablo was built during a major transition period for Lamborghini following its acquisition by the VW Group in 1998. Its Murcielago successor was the first Lambo model developed under VW control, and that alone makes the Diablo more desirable in the eyes of some. Of course, some Diablos are more special than others, such as the SV Monterey Edition.
Launched in 1998, the Diablo SV Monterey Edition was limited to just 20 examples exclusively for the North American market.
Aside from its limited build number, its most distinctive feature was the triple air intake design in front of the rear wheels that were previously only used on the SE30/VT Roadster. But there's another key reason why collectors will want this 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV Monterey Edition up for auction on Bring A Trailer: it was the last Diablo to feature pop-up headlights. Following its 1998 facelift, the Diablo received fixed composite headlights.
The example for sale here, No. 15 of 20, is painted in a gorgeous Ocean Blue with silver SV graphics. The body was repainted in 2015 and the windshield, rear quarter glass, taillights, and window and body seals were also replaced. The three-piece 18-inch wheels wearing Pirelli P Zero Ross tires were refinished in 2015 as well. Additional exterior features include an adjustable rear wing and a quad exhaust.
Occupants will enjoy tan leather seats with blue piping and unique headrest embroidery. There are also carbon fiber accents, an Alpine stereo, and a forever cool five-speed gated shifter. The 220-mph speedometer will undoubtedly tempt drivers to find an empty stretch of highway.
Like all Diablos, power comes from a naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V12, this one rated at 530 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque - a 20 hp increase over the regular SV. The engine was rebuilt in 2018 and has just 12,000 miles on it. Although the auction isn't scheduled to conclude until January 19, the highest bid (as of this writing) has already reached $187,000.