George Foreman celebrated his retirement from an impressive professional boxing career in 1997 by purchasing a brand new Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster.
The supercar, which joined the Raging Bull’s lineup two years earlier, has a removable carbon fiber roof panel, which stows on the rear decklid, a 485 HP (492 PS) and 428 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque 5.7-liter V12 engine and Viscous Traction (VT), which is Lamborghini’s way of naming the all-wheel drive system used at the time.
Big George seems to have taken good care of his ‘red devil’, as it has just 3,200 km (1,988 miles) on its metric odometer, and the last 300 miles (483 km) were made after its last major engine-out service, performed almost two years ago, at a cost of over $11,000.
Accompanied by copies of the original title and registration in Foreman’s name, books, manuals, tools, service records, autographed boxing gloves and grille, framed picture and ticket stub from “The Rumble in the Jungle” and miscellaneous boxing memorabilia, the 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster will go under the hammer at Mecum’s Monterey auction, between August 18 and 20, estimated to fetch $285,000-$325,000.
By the time it ended up in his personal collection, George Foreman dominated the ring, posting 76 wins with an impressive 68 knockouts and only 5 losses, the first of which came at the hands of the late Muhammad Ali.