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It's time for me to make the final decision what color to paint my car. I'd like some input from different Lamborghini owners (or enthusiasts) point of view.

The car is a 91 Diablo - Super Fly Yellow paint with Tan interior.

I need to decide both interior and exterior colors. I will be restoring both.

Do different colors increase the value, stock or custom color? Which ones?

Should I keep everything stock?

Note that I will be upgrading the seats making them with carbon fiber and thicker padding. I don't want to pimp this ride, but I want to upgrade without turning it into a kit car. What line shouldn't I cross?
 

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my .02

I'd keep the exterior fly yellow because...the paint code sticker will match and any door jam areas, fender edges etc. will still be yellow (if you are unable to reach some areas for prep and paint).

That's best for resale anyway..but your choice of a color change is for your enjoyment.

As for the interior, I would not dye or paint anything. I think some liberty can be taken with the seats if you have a re-upholsterer sew in new leather with some design (like F car daytona seat option or a lambo bull on the headrest) or use different colored sewing threads. Color of the carpet would also need to be considered. Personally, I would tend to stay with the tan or black or a combo of each.

I'd have to weigh whether to add yellow leather.
 

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Kenny94945 said:
my .02

I'd keep the exterior fly yellow because...the paint code sticker will match and any door jam areas, fender edges etc. will still be yellow (if you are unable to reach some areas for prep and paint).

That's best for resale anyway..but your choice of a color change is for your enjoyment.

As for the interior, I would not dye or paint anything. I think some liberty can be taken with the seats if you have a re-upholsterer sew in new leather with some design (like F car daytona seat option or a lambo bull on the headrest) or use different colored sewing threads. Color of the carpet would also need to be considered. Personally, I would tend to stay with the tan or black or a combo of each.

I'd have to weigh whether to add yellow leather.
I agree with kenny about the exterior. About the interior i would say that black really makes a good combo with the yellow exterior.
 

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As long as your ok with the value drop for color change, then go with what you like. A guy I know in Sarasota Florida bought a 1983 Black/Red Countach 5000 S for about $40,000 it needed some work maybe 20k worth, but he decided to do a motor out interior out, glass out body apart restoration, he did not go down to the frame. About $120,000 later it was done and finished in Silver with a tan interior. After a total of $160,000 he now has a car he likes but is worth + or - $70,000 and is not in the factory livery.
 

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Tony,
The guy obviously didn't care about the money he spent with relation to the market value of the car. Doing a total restoration gives you a strange satisfaction and will connect you with the car in a funny way. Profit was not the motive there!

It does seem like a lot of money, but trust me, I know how easy it is to spend, spend, and spend some more. If you don't keep a calculator handy costs could (and will) get out of control very quickly.

However, I don't think that the correct colors would have made the market value anywhere near $160,000. :rolleyes: What would the difference in the market value be if he did use the stock colors?
 

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Tony,
The guy obviously didn't care about the money he spent with relation to the market value of the car. Doing a total restoration gives you a strange satisfaction and will connect you with the car in a funny way. Profit was not the motive there!

It does seem like a lot of money, but trust me, I know how easy it is to spend, spend, and spend some more. If you don't keep a calculator handy costs could (and will) get out of control very quickly.

However, I don't think that the correct colors would have made the market value anywhere near $160,000. :rolleyes: What would the difference in the market value be if he did use the stock colors?
Oh no, the car would not be worth that, I agree You never get $ out of a restoration. I just wanted to tell you about someone I know that did not care about the color for resale since he would never see the money back anyway. So I guess if your going to keep it and get your pleasure out of it, that's what matters. If you think in a year or two you might sell it for another lambo, then I would keep the factory color.

My guess as to the value of the stock colors is not so much in dollars but in buyers turned off by the change. He may have to wait a while to find the right buyer who does not mind the color change.
 
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