The Lamborghini Diablo's nostalgia power
Our drive down memory lane helped us to understand the influence of automotive nostalgia in broad terms through pop culture and the like, but the Lamborghini Diablo VTTT Roadster in our showroom and its range of unique features begged the question of how much influence mainstream media can have on how the general public reminisce over specific models of supercar.
Across a range of mediums such as music, film and gaming, cars can be immortalised for its fans, evoking strong feelings of sentimentality, even at the very mention of the car in question.
For children of the eighties and nineties, Athena posters were a gateway to the unattainable cars of their dreams, one of which was the Lamborghini Diablo in its trademark yellow paint. This classic shot would've adorned the bedroom walls of many a childhood supercar enthusiast of the era.
In the music industry, meanwhile, the Diablo appeared in numerous different song videos. Most famous of which would be the purple SE30 that appeared in Cosmic Girl by Jamiroquai with examples also featuring in Tyga's Cash Money, Juelz Santana's Oh Boy and Act A Fool by Ludacris.
The number of feature-length movies the Diablo appeared in may come as a surprise. Stretching across its lifespan (and just beyond), the films included Exit Wounds starring Steven Seagal, ultra-popular comedy Dumb & Dumber, Pierce Brosnan's final appearance as James Bond in Die Another Day, Gone in 60 seconds – albeit very briefly – and similarly in a quick garage encounter in Rush Hour 2. A stretched limousine version also manifested itself in Team America: World Police.
Aside from the traditional motoring TV shows like Jay Leno's Garage, Top Gear, and Motorweek, this model made numerous appearances on the small screen as well. Series such as Smallville, Blue Mountain State and CSI: Miami all featured the Diablo in various guises as well as featuring in a Saturday Night Live sketch and the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series as the character Prowl.
Likewise, the video game industry has been awash with Diablo references since its inception. During the model's heyday, Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit was released and the supercar instantly became its hugely popular poster child. More recently titles such as Driveclub and the Forza Horizon series have highlighted this classic Lamborghini's enduring appeal.