, 2023-01-02 08:00:40,
With the return of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance to the Scottsdale Civic Center on January 22, the Grand Canyon State becomes a car lover’s paradise as the new year unfolds. There, those with an itch to acquire a collector car can attend a host of auctions, including the RM Sotheby’s sale featuring plenty of exceptional European and American iron.
The auction venue is a bit of a homecoming too, with RM Sotheby’s returning to the historic, Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on Thursday, January 26. The storied site, against a backdrop of the tranquil desert landscape, sets an elegant stage for auction lots like the silver 1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster on offer, an example whose lines are illuminated to great effect by the soft Southwest sunset.
Old Lamborghinis are much like ex-US presidents; the good ones quietly retreat from center stage, affording their successors opportunity to bask in the limelight of public attention. The Diablo, made from 1990 until 2001, is one such Lamborghini. Its decade-plus run produced 2,284 examples, each with its own character. Now gaining the attention of collectors, these wedge-shaped missiles are appreciated—and appreciating—as one the marque’s last true analog supercars, though…
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