1997 Lamborghini Diablo Previously Owned by Donald Trump Sells for $1.1 Million

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The 2024 Barrett-Jackson auction at Scottsdale was a spectacle to see as was a remarkable piece of automotive history changing hands for a staggering $1.1 million: a 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster previously owned by Donald Trump. Despite being unable to drive on public roads during his presidency, Trump possessed an impressive collection of vehicles, and this Diablo stands out as a testament to his taste in high-performance cars.

Originally configured and purchased new by Trump, this Diablo VT boasts unique features that set it apart from typical models of its year. Finished in a distinctive shade of Blu Le Mans, reportedly exclusive to Trump’s customization, it exudes a sense of individuality. The interior, adorned in a striking two-tone off-white and black scheme, complements the exterior flair. Equipped with a gated five-speed manual transmission, this Diablo packs a punch under the hood, courtesy of its 5.7-liter V12 engine tuned to deliver an impressive 492 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, propelling it to a top speed of 202 mph.

While adorned with a “TRUMP 2016” decal added post-Trump’s ownership, a subtle “Donald Trump Diablo 1997” plate inside the driver’s door confirms its original provenance. Despite changing hands twice since Trump’s ownership, the allure of its celebrity history and purported one-of-a-kind configuration drove bidding to unprecedented heights.

Despite a mileage inconsistency noted in the Carfax report, indicating some past discrepancies, enthusiasm for this Diablo remained undiminished. Bidding escalated rapidly, surpassing $500,000 in less than 30 seconds and ultimately culminating in a jaw-dropping $1.1 million sale price, shattering expectations for the model’s typical market value.

The allure of celebrity ownership, combined with its unique configuration and apparent preservation, propelled this Diablo VT into the realm of automotive legend. Beyond its pedigree, the car remains relatively untouched, retaining its originality and accompanied by its owner’s manual and tool kits. As it embarks on its new journey with its third owner, this Diablo serves as both a symbol of automotive excellence and a tangible piece of presidential history.


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