I still remember the first time I saw the Lamborghini Diablo. At the time, no one could of imagined anything could come close to the Countach in terms of exotic looks, but when Lamborghini introduced the Diablo in 1990 all of that had changed for many of us. Designed by Marcello Gandini, who had previously penned the Muira and the Countach, it was destined to be another hit for Automobili Lamborghini. The Diablo was then named after the ferrocious bull that had fought bravely in Madrid in 1869. The bull that was raised by the Duke of Vergua was to inspire Automobili Lamborghini’s latest replacement to the famous Countach. In 1995, the Diablo lost it’s top with the introduction of the VT Roadster. The VT which stood for “viscous traction” was an all-wheel drive version of the Diablo. With a 5.7 liter V12 capable of 529 horsepower, the Diablo had many improvements including it’s removable carbon fiber roof that was easily stored onto the rear engine lid electronically. The Diablo is a vehicle that still continues to impress and turn heads at every stoplight, intersection or car show.
I recently had such a vehicle sent to us at SweetCars to be intensely detailed. The vehicle was sent from Beverly Hills, California for it’s restorative detail. The vehicle then found it’s way to a new owner in Indiana, who had fallen in love with the car and purchased it. The Diablo painted in Blu Chiaro was in need of some much needed TLC. Mechanically, the Diablo was in need of a clutch and other maintenance items. Upon it’s arrival, the Diablo was quickly sent to Evans Automotive in Columbus, Ohio for a new Kevlar clutch replacement. George at Evans then sent the vehicle back to Fort Wayne where I then began work on bringing this Lamborghini back to it’s former fighting bull form. The vehicle had to go an intense restorative detail process that included an intense reconditioning of the interior, engine detail, suspension detail, exhaust and full paint correction with 22ple among other items that required attention. After a long week of intense detailing, the Diablo was then show ready and was now more eager than ever to get out on the road. – Mike Cardenas
Detailing & Photography By Mike Cardenas for SweetCars