RM Monaco 2016 Preview – 1995 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota

The absolute best time to buy a classic exotic, aging hypercar or “future classic” ?

The golden age is between 20 and 25 years old.  Just think of how hot you were at that age!

Just kidding.  You were never hot.

Still kidding!

With supercars, the early 20s are when a car is firmly out of fashion among the trendiest shoppers, yet before it turns 25 and becomes an official classic car.  That lets you import it to the US and make it road legal with no clever DMV acrobatics.  And on cars’ 25th birthdays, their values generally start to climb in perpetuity.

Classic exotics are never a truly solid investment, but they do provide more joy a G-forces than any painting ever will.


1995 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota

Lot 241

1995 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota

  • Chassis no. ZA9DE22A0RLA12132
  • Serial no. 132/150
  • Engine no. A012
  • Gearbox no. A037

€490.000 – €550.000

To be auctioned on Saturday, May 14, 2016

595 bhp, 5,709 cc mid-rear mounted DOHC V-12 engine with four valves per cylinder, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, and front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,663 mm

  • One of 150 Diablo SE30s built to commemorate Lamborghini’s 30th anniversary
  • Just 28 upgraded to Jota-specification; one of approximately 15 installed by the factory
  • Two registered owners from new; only 6,700 kilometres
  • Finished in a unique, “colour-to-order” blue/violet over two-tone interior
  • Matching-numbers engine; original build sheet included

Built in celebration of Lamborghini’s 30th anniversary as the company’s fastest and most technologically advanced car, the Diablo SE30 was a lighter and more powerful version of the already devilish Diablo. Not only was it more exciting to drive with the weight-saving return to rear-wheel-drive, but the Diablo SE30 also had a much more menacing stance thanks to wider wheels, a larger rear wing, and a more aggressive front spoiler. While the Diablo was already fast to begin with, capable of topping 200 mph, the SE30 offered increased performance in a limited production package to Lamborghini’s 150 best customers.

However, Lamborghini decided that it could go one step further with fine-tuning the Diablo SE30 into an all-out performance machine, so it introduced the Jota package. Officially intended for customers with aspirations for GT-class racing, the Jota-specification was made available as an upgrade to the Diablo SE30. This upgrade added 70 horsepower to the 5.7-litre V-12 for a total output of 595 brake horsepower; an increase of more than 100 brake horsepower over the original Diablo! As a result, the SE30 Jota could sprint from 0–60 in 3.8 seconds and reach 100 mph in 9.1 seconds. Top speed was a staggering 211 mph.

All of this performance was achieved with a handful of significant modifications, including a lighter crankshaft, new camshafts, and reprogramming the ECU. In addition to the increase in horsepower, the Jota also included a redesigned engine cover with large air intakes over the roof and a less restrictive exhaust system. These changes virtually transformed the SE30 into a racing car for the road and certainly the most radical Diablo ever.

While only 28 Jota upgrade kits were created for the Diablo SE30, only 15 or so were modified by the factory themselves, including the example offered here, as indicated on its build sheet. Furthermore, this particular Diablo stands out from the pack with its special order colour combination of metallic blue/violet over a two-tone Bianco and dark blue leather interior. Finally, to create the “ultimate” SE30, it was delivered new with an extensive list of options, including electric windows, a radio, and power steering—features originally removed from the model in the interest of saving weight.

Following the car’s production on 7 July 1995, it was delivered new to Japan. Currently residing in Germany, imported with EU taxes paid, the car has recently received a full engine-out service, most importantly including a new clutch.

In recent months, late-model analogue supercars have become increasingly desirable to collectors looking for the purest driving experience with as much horsepower as a road-going automobile can handle. When considering the high-performance Jota’s limited production and this specific example’s limited mileage and special order colour, this would be an astute acquisition for any collector of modern supercars. As one of the wildest Diablos ever built, this SE30 Jota is perhaps the best example of its type available.

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