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1992 Lamborghini Diablo from 'Die Another Day' up for sale (Pierce Brosnan not included)

James Bond film "Die Another Day" featured a number of desirable cars.

Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

In the 2002 film "Die Another Day" Pierce Brosnan, as James Bond, is tasked with locating a mole inside the British intelligence community who betrayed him. The film, and the roster of vehicles in it, proved to be a hit with audiences.

One of the vehicles featured in the Bond production is a 1992 Lamborghini Diablo. Well, not a full Diablo. You see, Eon Productions, the company that makes the Bond franchise, purchased just a shell of the vehicle. The model is first seen by audiences when troops under the command of Colonel Tan-Sun Moon (Will Yun Lee) are cleaning the vehicle alongside a Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Porsche 911 Carrera, Mercedes-Benz SL, Ford GT40 and Jaguar XKR, according to Fandom.com.

1992 Lamborghini Diablo from 'Die Another Day'In the movie, Bond (and a few cars) escape a plane crash.Photo courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Bond, who is being held captive, eventually escapes, but the Porsche does not, falling victim to the antics of the spy. Later in the film, the cars are seen in the cargo hold of Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), the alter ego of Moon. With Bond in hot pursuit, Moon, from aboard his plane, reveals that he plans to use the Icarus satellite to cut a path through the Korean Demilitarized Zone that would allow North Korea to invade South Korea.

Graves's plan is foiled by Bond to attempts to shoot him, only to pierce a hole in the fuselage of the plane. A series of struggles ensues and the Icarus beam hits the plane further injuring it. Graves attempts to escape but before he can, Bond pulls his parachute open, which pulls Graves out of the plane and into one of the engines. Bond escapes, relatively unscathed.

While the Diablo didn't survive in the film's plot line, landing in a field in South Korea along with the Ferrari, but it did survive the filming itself.

It now is being sold by Beverly Hills Car Club for $119,500 after being sold by the studio in 2002 for $25,000.

1992 Lamborghini Diablo from 'Die Another Day'The shell has been equipped to a proper V12 engine and other components.Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills Car Club

The European spec model has a Diable Rosso red paint job and a black interior with red piping. The odometer as 45,205 miles on it and the Carfax report comes back clean. It is powered by a 5.7-liter V12 engine that is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. It has power windows, four-wheel disc brakes, and OZ racing staggered wheels.

The seller reveals that the clutch will need to be replaced.

It comes with an invoice from Eon Productions that includes a VIN that matches the vehicle being sold.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

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The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDriveThe last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDriveOnly 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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