My info form the day from Valentino is that these special cars where built specifically for at the time Lamborghini Orange County. At the time they and Lamborghini Miami were the 2 largest dealers in the USA. Vic from LOC specked the cars, they used the name Monterey Edition as they were all driven up to and displayed at Pebble Beach in Monterrey. Vic ordered little extras for each car to make them unique as well as had the motors tweaked to produce approx 20 HP more then the standard SV. The same went for the MOMO edition cars, they were Dealer specked by Vic and at the time DAVE from Prestige motors, they each got to sell these car, none went to other Dealers brand new.great info on the wheels, thank you for sharing.
there was a comment on BAT about these cars being US dealer prepared, vs factory. Can you comment on that? it would seem if they came from the factory with the special paint they it was a factory effort vs US dealership.
So it was both. Lamborghini OC (Orange County) worked with factory Lamborghini to develop a special addition vehicle. Since sales were slow in the late 90's, pre dot com bubble, this was a way to help sell cars. This is why the factory was willing to do 20 one-off colors. At that time in history, Concorso Italiano was one of the most popular exotic car venues so LOC partnered with the factory to develop the ME, plus the Italians loved coming to Ca . The paint and engine hood with dual scoops are from factory Lamborghini. The cars came shipped with OZ wheels and most were replaced with custom Kinesis Wheels. I'm told they only made 30 wheel sets and some MEs have these, others decided to keep the factory OZ wheels. The wheels can be found on the Victorias Secret pearl white Diablo. The extra wheels appear on rare occasion on other Diablos. I bought a spare set from someone who bought them for his VT. When he sold the VT, he put the originals back on and sold me his. I believe the hand stitched seats with special logo are factory as well but not 100% positive.
Other specialty features were added on some models. Most have Tubi exhaust upgrades. The ME#3 has some special headers you wont find on others. Others may have more historical details on specialty cars like the twin turbo ME and the supercharged #12 ME. Not all are created equal and my personal favorites are #2, #3 and #10 which is painted voilet and #15 before the repaint and #18. I have kept track of most but would love more info on #4,6, 9, and 12.
50 hp more than factory? How on earth was a magic 50 bhp available?
I believe it gets its extra HP from variable valve timing introduced to the SV in 1998Sorry, was fat finger it should say 20HP...I am not aq mechanic and I do not know how this was achieved. I do know that I was told this by numerous Factory people including Valentino as well as several well know Lambo Mechanics here in the USA>
At risk of getting in trouble for not being politically correct, a local model had some professional photos taken for a maxim magazine contest. It takes a professional to take photos that really capture the violet intensity of the paint. Just another day in the life of a Lamborghini owner.Amazing cars I would appreciate posting more pictures