Looking for an affordable Lamborghini project car? This Diablo replica doesn’t even have an engineby Dim Angelov, on
You have to admit that the automotive world would be slightly boring if it wasn’t for people with strange ideas who own sheds. I myself don’t have a shed, and even if I had, I would have been too busy writing articles like this. Apparently, that wasn’t the case with someone from Lawrenceville, Georgia, who decided to make his own very convincing replica of a Lamborghini Diablo. Unfortunately for the car, he never finished it, but for $30,000, someone else could.
Before you frown on this replica and say “oh no, not another one”, keep in mind that not everyone is able or willing to spend $250,000 on an original Diablo, like the Monterey Blue example, we recently shared with you. Unlike all the third-rate budget replicas,this unfinished project, listed for sale on Facebook Marketplace, actually looks fairly convincing and even has original parts.
These include the front carbon-fiber fenders, which come from a real Diablo, and the side skirts and engine cover that come from the Diablo GTR. The car is built on a custom tubular frame that has been set up for a BMW V-12 – a popular engine choice for a McLaren F1 or any sort of convincing Lamborghini replica. Also original are the headlights, which on a facelift Diablo come from a Nissan 300ZX Z32.
The rest of the build is a collection of odd parts taken from different cars. The pedal box and brake booster come from a Subaru, but the throttle-by-wire belongs to a Lamborghini Aventador.
There are quite a bit of GM parts, including the C5 Corvette suspension arm setup, C7 Corvette rear brakes, and a Camaro electric power steering. The steering rack, on the other hand, is an Alfa Romeo piece.
As for the interior, it lacks seats, but FGP interior and dashboard moldings have been installed. The car’s interior seems to mimic that of a later diablo, as the dashboard molding resembles the curvier design of later cars.
As for the exterior, the entire body has been molded according to the original Diablo’s specifications, the cockpit included.
The seller notes that all body panels except the front trunk lid are present.
We, for once, are quite curious to see this Lamborghini Diablo replica finished since it already seems like a lot of effort has gone into making a convincing clone of the real deal. Still, most of the heavy-lifting (except for the engine) seems to have been done. We’ll be interested in covering the project once it’s finished…if it’s ever finished. Nevertheless, if the torch is picked up by a crazy shed-dwelling DIY guy/girl, we’d love to hear from him/her once the fake Diablo is finally finished.