September 24, 2020

A Totally American Car: 1991 GT bodied Lamborghini Diablo

Sometimes good things just fall into your lap.  Chad’s ’91 Diablo is one of those things.


In the year of our lord, 1990, some crazy Italians using Chrysler’s money made the most glorious door stop shaped supercar to ever grace the earth: the Diablo.  Powered by a 5.7L, quad cam, fuel injected V12, the Diablo was absolutely mental.  It made 485 horsepower, and 428 lb/ft of torque.  All of that meant the glorious wedge hit 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, and topped out at 202 mph.

It was also utterly insane.  For reasons beyond comprehension, the Diablo came with a dog leg five speed manual gearbox.  What does dog leg mean?  It means that first gear is left and down instead of up.  You see this on things like the Mercedes 190E Cosworth, and other homoligation specials, not this high dollar beast.  Also, some of the cars had a SUPER tall cowl over the gauge cluster, making it a bit of a challenge for people not sitting on a stack of pillows.

Oh, Anti-lock Brakes, traction control, power steering, and airbags were non-existent on the early cars.

Mercifully, Chad Balloon white car has had a host of stuff from a later Diablo.  Specifically the 99-01 six liter cars.  It has the updated gauges, and seats.  Oh, and one other minor thing.

That sweet ass Diablo GT body!  Available only for 1999, the Diablo GT was there for 80 lucky people who wanted to die like heroes try their hand at racing.  The body is wider than the standard Diablo, has lots of carbon fiber, and had lights in different places.  And being from later car, it also had one key difference from the 1991 car it has been grafted on to.

NISSAN HEADLIGHTS!  Yes, the face lift cars ditched the pop-ups of the early cars and went with fixed headights.  Those headlights happened to be the same ones you’d find on the ’89-96 Nissan 300ZX.  It’s not a knock on Lamborghini, just a fun little tidbit that YOU’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO UNSEE!

It stops as well as it goes, what with the massive Pirelli rubber on all four corners and the giant Brembos.

Chad has been going in depth with this car on his Instagram, and has some cool videos on his YouTube channel.  Check them out, and you can hear this thing in all of its V12 glory.

Here’s a gallery

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Michael Chandler

Director of Photography, writer, man about town and owner of Big Ronda, the Mk3 Toyota Supra project

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