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Crashed $200,000 Lamborghini Diablo SV Becomes an Expensive Nightmare

Whether your dream car is a Mazda Miata or a Lamborghini Diablo SV, we’re all suckers for a good deal. However, even with an ultra-expensive Lamborghini, going the cheaper route can produce some serious problems.

That is exactly what happened to John Temerian, owner of Curated, a vintage supercar dealership in Miami. After sinking his live savings into a crashed Diablo SV, Temerian quickly found himself in a nightmare scenario.

Why would anyone buy a crashed Lamborghini Diablo SV?

An image of a gray Lamborghini Diablo SV in a studio.
Lamborghini Diablo SV | Lamborghini

This crashed Lamborghini Diablo SV story begins with a dream. That’s because Temerian had reportedly been looking to purchase his SV dream car for quite some time. After selling a very rare Ferrari Enzo, Temerian reportedly took home a sizable profit.

At this point, Temerian spotted a Lamborghini Diablo SV coming up for sale at a local auction. What made this particular example interesting was the fact it was previously involved in an accident. Thanks to the bad CarFax report, Temerian expected this $200,000 supercar to sell with a massive discount. Unfortunately, Temerian couldn’t snag it at the auction and had to pay a little money on top to the winning bidder to secure the car.

To buy this Lamborghini Diablo SV, Temerian reportedly emptied his life savings. All in, Temerian reports spending around $145,000, marking a considerable saving over the current market price. Eventually, the supercar made its way to Miami via an enclosed trailer. Upon arriving, Temerian reportedly took it for a drive, running into a major problem almost immediately.

A bad clutch was just the beginning

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After taking his Lamborghini Diablo SV off of the trailer, Temerian reports that he quickly spotted a problem. During the first drive, the revolutions would shoot up once you put your foot down. Upon realizing that his clutch was bad, Temerian quickly began noticing other problems.

While on the highway, the engine immediately lost a significant amount of power and began surging. From there, the dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree, and the car seemingly began to freak out. Since the previous crash occurred on the driver’s side of the Lamborghini Diablo SV, the mirror wasn’t working either.

The cherry on top of these supercar problems was that the A/C system stopped working. At this point, Temerian realized that his cheap dream car needed a significant amount of money invested. The worst part of this realization is that Temerian was reportedly out of extra cash at the time.

It took about $15,000 to get this Lamborghini back up to speed

An image of a gray Lamborghini Diablo SV in a studio.
Lamborghini Diablo SV | Lamborghini

Since these Lamborghini Diablo SV problems were quite severe, it took some time for Temerian to gather the necessary funds to fix them. The first fix involved taking the naturally-aspirated V12 engine out of the car. Temerian reports that this service cost him around $8,000.

From there, Temerian tackled all of the electrical issues with the car to get it up to speed. All in all, Temerian reports spending around $15,000 fixing this crashed supercar over a period of six months.

Eventually, Temerian realized that he could’ve bought a nice Lamborghini Diablo SV for what he had to spend to fix his crashed example. Regardless, Temerian eventually sold the car to another collector who reportedly now drives it daily.