Lamborghini Diablos are prohibitively expensive in the U.S., so much so that it’s not uncommon for low-mileage examples to be trading hands for in excess of $500,000. That’s where an accurate Diablo replica like this starts to make sense.
This unique creation was listed up for sale through National Auto Brokers in Waterbury, Connecticut and had an asking price of $29,950. Yes, that’s quite a lot of money but for a car that looks the part and we’re sure is plenty of fun to drive, it’s not unreasonable. And apparently someone thought as much, because the car has now been sold.
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Like so many other supercar replicas, this one started out life as a Pontiac Fiero that has had its frame stretched. The builder then expertly crafted bespoke body panels for the car. The resemblance to a real Diablo is uncanny and while it seems some of the proportions are a little out of whack, it would be more than enough to fool most people into thinking its actually a Lamborghini. It’s hard not to be impressed with the attention to detail from the headlights to the taillights, the chrome-finished wheels, the shape of the doors, and the large rear wing.
The replica also impresses in the cabin where there are few signs of it being based on a Pontiac. A custom dashboard has been built with a similar shape to the one from the Diablo and is paired with a three-spoke steering wheel, a revised transmission tunnel, and a new shifter.
Powering the car is a 350 cubic-inch naturally-aspirated V8 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. The Diablo wannabe also has Koni shocks at all four corners.
The listing does mention that there are a number of issues with the car, however. For example, the speedometer is the only gauge working, the radio doesn’t function, only the brake lights work, there are no side windows, the parking brake doesn’t work, and there is no roof.