George Foreman’s 1997 Lamborghini is Up for Sale
Lamborghini, as a brand, has been known for decades for its quite heavy-hitting supercars… and this one is certainly no exception. Back in 1997, former heavyweight boxing world champion George Foreman purchased this ferocious Lamborghini—a Diablo VT Roadster—to add to his collection. The near 500-horsepower supercar would stay there for years, accumulating just 1,907 miles in its entirety. Eventually however it was sold on, and once again the rarified Lamborghini is up for sale. Looking to add this piece of George Foreman history to your collection? The Diablo crosses the Mecum auction block in late August, where it’s expected to gavel for upwards of $325,000. RELATED: Check Out the Stunning '99 Lamborghini Diablo "GT"
Interestingly, 1997 marked the famed heavyweight’s final year of competitive boxing. Not a bad way to retire than with a Lamborghini Diablo, and not only a barebones Diablo, but a rarer-still VT Roadster (of which 66 are claimed to have been built for 1997).
That “VT” designation (for “viscous traction”) signified the Diablo’s optional all-wheel drive setup, which gave the Italian supercar tremendous grip and handling at the expense of additional weight. In late 1995, Lamborghini also began offering roadster versions of Diablo, of which this is one. These featured an electronically operated targa-style removable roof and an updated profile compared to the standard coupes.
Further adjustments were made to the car’s front bumper and rear cooling ducts to ensure that the big 5.7-liter V12 engine didn’t cook itself beneath that rear-sitting carbon fiber roof section. Horsepower? A very potent 492 ponies, corralled to all four wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
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Foreman’s Diablo appears to wear its original shade of red paint, matched quite elegantly inside with a tan leather interior and red piping. According to Mecum, the car recently underwent a full engine-out service, which included replacing the clutch and tires.
Still need it for your collection? Foreman’s lean, mean, Italian speed machine also comes with a pair of autographed boxing gloves and a signed George Foreman grill ("it knocks out the fat!"). The gavel drops on August 20th.
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