Bonkers but brilliant: seven eccentricities of the Lamborghini Diablo VTTT Roadster
There are few cars out there as rare, and indeed unique as the Lamborghini Diablo VTTT Roadster. The base model Diablo was already a distinctive supercar with its own intrinsically Italian personality, but when seasoned with a few additional variables such as the removable targa top, that 'bonkers but brilliant' sentiment permeates through every pore of the Roadster's being.
It wasn't unlike Lamborghini to be a little out there in terms of design at the tail end of the 20th century. Ultimately, that's what made the brand so endearing to customers and boosted popularity immeasurably across the globe, especially through the Countach/Diablo era, thus making this model a fantastic opportunity for modern-day supercar investors.
This example in particular, compels those in its presence to appreciate the unbridled joy and simplicity with which its designers approached even the most mundane of features. Trust us when we say you will feel obliged to examine every square inch – both interior and exterior – with a fine tooth comb and you will not be disappointed with what you uncover.
Naturally, upon our team's initial inspection of the latest car through our showroom doors, they began perusing those finer details on this stunning machine and discovered myriad aspects of note that we decided to share with you, our readers.
Where else would you put a keyring hole?
The quirkiness begins before you've even come into contact with the car itself. The key, for the sake of being antithetical, mounts its keyring hole on the horizontal edge, because why not?
An interior with a difference
Once inside, the distinguishing features come at you thick and fast. When reaching for your seat belt, for example, they are mounted at the centre of the car. If you happen to be a passenger, you will find that you're unable to adjust your seat and your airbag isn't integrated into the dashboard, but rather mounted on it directly in front of you. Bellissimo!
Kilometres, miles, what's the difference?
In the driving seat meanwhile, your attention is immediately drawn to the speedo which is measured in miles per hour, adjacent to the odometer which clocks up how many kilometres you have driven.
A real button pusher
There are interesting stories behind several of the switches on Diablo's control panel as well, one such button controls an interior light that was removed from the VTTT Roadster altogether. Similarly, a full beam switch remains in place despite that function now being controlled from the steering wheel stalk. The lock and unlock buttons are also separated from one another.
Keep your cool
Now, onto climate control. An unorthodox, rounded conversion rate means that the Fahrenheit temperature selection changes in irregular increments, ranging from one to three degrees at any given time. The iconic bull motif is present on the Diablo's ultra-stylish dashboard air vents, reinforcing that ever-present Italian flair, however, if you wish to experience the cool, refreshing benefits of said vents then the logo will be upside down.
Trimming the trim
Unique workarounds and adaptations from the original model can be found in all areas of the VTTT Roadster. Most elegant of which is arguably the beautifully tactile, leather-clad sun visors which have been trimmed to allow for roof catches. Pull-out side extenders have been added to ensure they stretch across the windscreen.
Form over function
The side windows are yet another example of Italian engineering at its finest, the chamfered glass serves no practical purpose and was included purely for aesthetic purposes. Costing significantly north of £1,000 used, per window, there was no expense spared, all in the name of luxury and opulence. *pinched fingers hand gesture*
When all is said and done, Lamborghini of yesteryear are some of the most memorable and sought-after supercars of all time, not just because of their outrageous styling but also the marque's unmistakable indifference to practicality, the combination of which was key to what made the brand so appealing and captivating. That enduring vogue holds true to this day.