At RM Sotheby’s recent Monaco sale, a Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota, one of only 15 originally upgraded by the factory, has been auctioned for the incredible value of 672,000 Euros, or RM3,071,155 in our local currency which is equivalent to the price of a brand new Aventador LP700-4 in other words.
As with the Murcielago 40th Anniversary Edition and Aventador LP720-4 50° Anniversario, Lamborghini had created a truly special Diablo for their 30th Anniversary in the SE30. Its 5.7 liter V12 gained a boost to 523Bhp and 471Ib-ft of torque, thanks to lighter magnesium intake manifolds, modified cylinder heads, a freer-flowing exhaust system and reprogrammed LIE electronic fuel injection. The SE30’s weight was also cut by 125Kg thanks to the omission of the power glass side windows in favor of fixed plexiglas with a small sliding vent window, keeping it exclusively rear-wheel driven, and the deletion of luxury features such as the audio system, air conditioning, and power steering. Carbon fiber seats with 4-point race harnesses and a fire suppression system added to the race-derived ethos of the SE30.
Outside, the SE30 was distinguished by a deeper and wider front spoiler to negate turbulence at the front wheels, a rear spoiler with an adjustable central section for downforce at high speeds, and an engine hood redesigned to resembled the one on the 1960s Miura. Its rear bumper also gained a different profile incorporating the reversing and fog lights, with the grill between the rear lights featuring the Lamborghini Raging Bull emblem and 30th Anniversary logo.
Wider OZ Racing magnesium wheels with whopping Pirelli P Zero 335/30 ZR-18 tyres on the rear were employed to handle the extra power, and although electrically adjustable shock absorbers were omitted in favor of lighter weight fixed rate suspension, the SE30 did also feature cockpit-adjustable anti roll bars which could improve cornering speed and stability when properly set up. Only 150 individually numbered SE30s were ever produced for Lamborghini’s best customers, most finished in the signature SE30 Lavender metallic purple color, although owners could also have any color they chose.
The SE30 Jota seen here is even rarer, being one of only 28 Jota upgraded cars and only 15 to have been upgraded by the factory. Primarily an engine upgrade, the Jota kit enabled a peak output of 595Bhp thanks to upgraded camshafts, further reprogramming of the ECU, a lighter crankshaft, an open exhaust system, and optimized intake plenums with pressure plates which necessitated a redesigned engine cover incorporating ram air ducts feeding into the intake system. This made the SE30 Jota one of the fastest road cars in the world at that time, hitting 0-100Km/h in 3.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 340Km/h (211Mph).
Bearing chassis #132 of the 150 cars made, this SE30 Jota is finished in a custom metallic violet blue with a two-tone white and dark blue interior, and was delivered to its first owner in Japan during the summer of 1995. Unusually for this model it also comes fully equipped with amenities like the audio system, electric windows, and power steering, which sets it apart from other SE30s. It was then sold to a German enthusiast, who owned it until 2016. A full engine-out service was recently conducted prior to the car being consigned to RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale. At its auctioned price of 672,000 Euros, over 200,000 Euros above the initial high estimate, SE30 Jota #132 has set a world record as the most expensive Lamborghini Diablo to be sold at auction, and there is little doubt that its new custodian will enjoy owning and driving it for many years to come.