A 2001 Lamborghini Diablo For $80,000? What’s The Catch?

Anyone in the market for a Lamborghini Diablo will likely have to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $200,000 – and that’s pretty much a best case scenario.

You could, however, pay a lot less, although you’d have to be OK with driving something that looks like the real thing, but isn’t.

Still with us? Great, because here’s a replica of a 2001 Diablo 6.0 priced at $79,999 and powered by a 300 HP Corvette V8.

While the real Diablo 6.0 is a V12-powered beast, this replica, up for grabs on Craigslist, has four fewer cylinders, a Porsche G50 5-speed manual gearbox, full tube chassis, fiberglass body, Corvette brakes, 18-inch replica wheels, a performance clutch, power windows and power steering.

The seller says that if this car was real, it would cost more than $350,000 and that they invested over $100,000 in just the parts alone, not to mention the 2,000 hours it took to build the car.

They also mention that you can park this car anywhere and nobody is going to be able to tell the difference between it and the real 2001 Diablo 6.0.

We have to admit, it’s an impressive build, although connoisseurs should be able to tell something’s up, especially if they really focus on the quality of the interior. A good test would be to take it to a Lamborghini car meet and see what Lambo owners think. If you can first bring yourself to part with $80k for a replica, that is.

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  • Doodez

    A 17 year old reproduction for 80k$? Man, I’m not feeling it.

  • Mr. EP9

    So, let me see if I get this straight. This thing is selling for $80k (It’s literally only a dollar over the actual price) yet the person invested over $100k into it and 2k man hours. Yeah, sounds like someone isn’t turning a profit off of this. Oh and the seller said no low ball offers even though…..ah, who cares? They’re not getting their money back.

    Well, whoever decides to head up to the Vancouver area to buy this thing have fun with it.

    • Zandit75

      No one ever gets their money back on major jobs like this, even if it was an actual Lambo, with $100k spent on aftermarket upgrades, the owner is not going to get that back.
      At least they didn’t say “No low ball offers….I know what I have!!”

    • Not sure if you know about Kit Cars, you are more likely to never get your money back on what you spend on them.

  • Six_Tymes

    it is amazing looking, that no one can deny. but ill never understand these builds. its like back when Micheal Jackson was huge in the late 80’s, during that period so many impersonators spent big bucks to have plastic surgery to look like him, looks will never give you his talent. OK, so my analogy might not be the best, couldn’t think of anything else right now, but its enough to get the point across. why oh why spend the man hours and big money to look like something it will never be?

    • exeptor

      Here is a different angle. Imagine you are someone who have 100k on a car – you definitely can’t buy a Lambo, but you really want to park a Lambo (because you believe that everything less will not do the job) in front of the club and gather as many eyes as possible and from there different benefits (I’m not talking about women only). If you are someone who accept being in a fake car (or anything else which tries to emulate the original) this is the approach – you don’t spend the original amount and you reach your goals (maybe not 100% of the time but close) and not having the original car is not a problem for you as you are not a car guy at all.

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    • Andrewthecarguy

      A Corvette V8 is powerful enough and more economical to maintain.
      It ain’t no Lambo, but I am not buying a Lambo…I am buying the best possible recreation I can find for a fraction, however high, of the money.
      $80k is a BARGAIN

  • Craig

    Way too much for a kit car and plenty wrong with it. Interior is not even remotely close. In the UK now a decent early Gallardo is £75k. Ok it’s a fancy Audi but it will give you less trouble than an original VT.
    Coincidentally there is a 91 Diablo VT on sale here now for £100k and for that money, if you really want to go old school you can have a Jalpa. Newer SV 5.7 are starting at around £150k and £185k for the VT

    Personally I can’t get in and out of them any more so I’m happy clambering into an old man’s Mercedes CLS. It’s not quite the same though 😉

    • PJE

      The interior is actually very close to the original Diablo – at least one generation of it. Do an image search on Google.

      Fantastic effort, and it’s probably better finished than the original, but I would not spend that much on a replica of a relatively common car.

      • Alex

        I was gonna say, not only is the interior not that bad, the whole thing is probably put together a lot better than the original given Lambo’s quality control history back then. Also from a mechanical POV the whole thing is probably a lot more reliable too…

      • Andrewthecarguy

        I would. This is a steal.
        A real Diablo VT is going to continue to rise in value, meaning acquiring one will become an exercise in futility if your wallet is not there.

  • eb110americana

    I would have thought an actual 17 year old Diablo would run $80K these days. They aren’t quite old enough to be classics, or new enough to be performance marvels, but definitely old enough to have serious repair bills.

  • Callanish

    “The seller says that if this car was real, it would cost more than $350,000”

    Horseshit alert!

  • I’d be fooled by it. Fantastic work.

  • Bash

    Impressive, tbh I would.. looks cool.

  • I would buy it just because of “Made in Finland” sticker. 🙂

  • fabri99

    Hell no! I’m not getting a Diablo just for the way it looks. I don’t want a Lamborghini-looking car with a 300 hp Chevy V8, those interiors look nothing like the real thing and… 80k? I could get a used Gallardo, which is a real Lamborghini, at that price. And those have 520 hp V10 engines, not 300 hp Chevy V8s.

  • Andrew Ngo

    Properly got all the original parts from junk yards!

  • Thunderbolt

    The 1st picture was a dead giveaway: the air vent on the front bumper.

  • To be fair from the outside you can trick a lot of people, the engine cover is a neat details.

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