The First Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Ever Made Can Be Yours

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Only 150 examples of this special supercar commemorating the 30th anniversary of Lamborghini were made.

Back in the 1990s, the Lamborghini Diablo was hailed as the Italian automaker’s flagship supercar to replace the outgoing Countach. At the time of its release in 1990, it was the fastest production car in the world, capable of reaching 202 mph thanks to its 5.7-liter V12 engine producing 485 horsepower. To commemorate the company’s 30th anniversary in 1993, Lamborghini released a limited-edition Diablo called the SE30 that was more powerful and lighter than its stock supercar sibling.

It was rarer too, as only 150 units were made – and now the very first example ever built is going up for auction at Villa Erba in Italy. Essentially, the SE30 was a hardcore, track-focused variant of the iconic Diablo that, despite all the mechanical upgrades, was road-legal. It’s equipped with the same 5.7-liter V12 as the standard Diablo, but a tuned fuel system, magnesium intake manifolds, and a free-flowing exhaust boosted the power output to 523 horsepower, resulting in a top speed of over 200 mph. Straked brake cooling ducts and a massive rear spoiler further distinguish the Diablo SE30, while the louvered engine cover improve the aerodynamics and engine cooling.

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It’s finished in a unique metallic purple finish exclusive to the model, and features obligatory anniversary badging. The model going up for auction was delivered to an “important Lamborghini client” who fitted it with an optional Alcantara steering wheel, Jota-specification 400 km/h odometer, shorter gear-shift lever, and yellow-painted brake callipers. It participated in several Italian rallies, before it was sold on to an Italian supercar collector. It was then acquired by its current owner in 2015 in England, but later returned to Italy. The Diablo SE30 is a shining example of Lamborghini’s heritage - with only 22,000 miles on the clock, this example would make a unique addition to an enthusiast’s collection.

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