Of all the Lamborghinis ever built, a case can be made that the Diablo holds a unique place in the heart of the company and its fans.
Not only did it carry a name that lived up to its diabolical nature, but it also holds the distinction of being the only Lamborghini that was designed under the watch of Chrysler. We’re not going to dive into all those details now, but it’s certainly interesting to remember a day when the Raging Bull was owned by the Pentastar.
It was at that time when the Diablo was created as the successor to arguably one of the most popular Lamborghini models ever, the Countach. Talk about having huge shoes to fill.
Fast forward to this year and the Diablo is now treated with reverence and respect, especially by true car enthusiasts who appreciate everything the Diablo stands for.
Recently, Jay Leno got his hands on a Lamborghini Diablo owned by a buddy of his, Franco Barbuscia. He’s the owner of Franco’s European Sports Cars in Los Angeles and, as Leno claims, is one of a few men in this world who probably knows more about Lamborghinis than the car itself.
The two, together with Barbuscia’s son Damiano, spend 15 minutes talking shop about the Diablo, dissecting it from every conceivable detail and reveling on its place in history among Lamborghini models.
It’s an interesting to hear these guys share their combined knowledge about the cars and the iconic Italian company that built them. And besides, Leno gets to drive a Diablo. What’s not to like?
One of the most hyped parts of Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary is the Grande Giro parade, a four-day grand tour that will feature over 350 Lamborghini supercars, all of which began their tour at Lombardia, Italy before it finished off at Bologna on the 10th of May. From there, another day of driving ensued before the parade of Lambos reached their destination at company headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese on the 11th.
Needless to say, the whole parade was chronicled by Lamborghini itself. That’s what happens when you celebrate your 50th birthday. You take the time to make it as special as it can be.
In addition to all the special-edition supercars that Lamborghini has unveiled as part of its celebration, including the absolutely bonkers Egoista, the Grande Giro parade has to be considered one of the finest ways to blow out the candles on Lamborghini’s 50th birthday.
Having all those Lamborghini owners sharing in the event only made the parade that much more special.
Click past the jump to watch the four-day Grande Giro parade through the eyes of Lamborghini
Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary is gearing up to be quite a celebration for the Italian automaker. Numerous plans have already been unveiled, including a number of special edition Lamborghinis, including the Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 50.
From this special-edition model that’ll undoubtedly get the attention it deserves from buyers, another highlight celebration for Lamborghini is the Grande Giro.
After much hype and buzz, Lamborghini officially kicked off the Grande Giro and boy, did it do so in grand style.
Painstaking preparations were made to ensure that all the Lambo exotics participating in the long-distance run were in tip-top shape. From the classic Miuras to the modern-day Aventadors, there are no shortages of Raging Bulls participating in the event. And the video above gives us a close look at all the preparations and the start of Grande Giro.
Now that’s how you celebrate your 50th anniversary. Bravo, Lamborghini!
Click past the jump to read more about Lamborghini’s Grande Giro run as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
2013 is a big year for the auto industry when it comes to anniversaries. Aston Martin, for one, will be celebrating its centenary this year. Ford, on the other hand, will be blowing the candles on the 150th birthday of its founder Henry Ford. And then there’s Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A, which will turn 50 years old this year.
The Italian automaker has already lined up a list of events to commemorate its 50th anniversary, starting with the debut of its one-off celebratory car that has been hyped since the middle of last year. In addition to the supercar itself, the Italian automaker will also be holding a 750-mile rally through Italy on May 7th, and will feature some of the finest and most powerful Lamborghinis in the world.
So what better way to kick off what is expected to be a busy year than to release a video looking back on the 50-year history of the Raging Bull. From humble beginnings all the way to the evolution of its modern-day supercars, the video will undoubtedly give us a look at how one of Italy’s finest supercar makers was born and a look ahead to what is poised to be an exceptional anniversary year.
Back in the 1990’s and earlier, Lamborghini was not known for it’s Audi partnership and derived models such as the Gallardo. In fact, it was not known for luxury of any sort, and it certainly was not known caring what any environmentalist thought.
Lamborghini produced aggressively styled, lightweight machines with massive V12 engines putting power to the road. Creature comforts were an afterthought and driving them was not even an easy task. They were not cars that you bought simply to show you had the money to buy one – it was more akin to buying a Harley-Davidson motorcycle – you had to be macho enough to drive these beasts.
The Diablo model which was the successor to the venerable Countach had been introduced nearly a decade before Audi gained control and was in need of some serious updates. What Audi helped them produce was one of the fastest and most competent Diablo models to ever come from St. Agata Bolognese, Italy.
Hit the jump for more details on the 2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0.
As a fitting tribute to one of its most successful models, Lamborghini commemorated the Murcielago’s end of production with a special exhibition and parade along the streets of its hometown in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
First built in 2001, the Murcielago enjoyed tremendous success from Lamborghini fans and supercar aficionados, spawning a number of different variations including the 2008 LP640 Roadster Versace Edition, the 2009 LP650-4 Roadster, and the 2009 LP670-4 SuperVeloce. After nine years in production, Lamborghini officially ended the supercar’s production on May 11, 2010.
To celebrate the occasion, Lamborghini rolled out a lot of its iconic V12 models for the exhibition and parade. Among the cars participating in the event included some of Lamborghini’s finest like the 350GT, the Miura, the Countach, and the Diablo, all of which served as escorts to the Murcielago SuperVeloce that went out of Lamborghini’s factory and out into the streets of Sant’Agata for its ceremonial “last ride”.