In the eclectic world of supercars, brand loyalties can be fierce. For Dennis Collins, a profound love for the BMW M1 once stood as an emblem of his automotive tastes. Yet, in a move that left many jaws dropped, he transitioned from his iconic German supercar in favor of not one but two Italian masterpieces and a bonus American classic. The question now begs whether this is an act of betrayal or an upgrade.
Who is Dennis Collins?
Dennis Collins, known from his appearances alongside longtime buddy Richard Rawlings on Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud,” is a Texas-native entrepreneur with an unmatched expertise in vintage cars and Jeeps from all eras. While he might not be on Bill Gates’ level in the business world, Dennis’ journey to success is quintessentially American
A Tale of Two Lambos and a Mustang
Speculation was rife when the news hit the circuit that Collins had parted ways with his beloved BMW M1. However, the mystery soon unraveled. Trading the German engineering for Italian flair, Collins showcased his evolving interests, going all-in for a 1991 Lamborghini Diablo and a flamboyant 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago. He even added a 2002 Ford Mustang GT to his ensemble to sweeten the pot.
The 2002 5-Speed Manual Mustang
When Dennis Collins went to pick up his Diablo, the Mustang caught his eye. He had expressed his interest in the car and had been in discussions with the owner since 2021, making it a negotiation of over two years. Even though our primary focus is on Lamborghinis, we have a passion for all cars. This is why it’s worth noting that, alongside the Diablo, the Mustang was impressively striking. While the Mustang was relatively unique, it boasted a fiberglass hood and remained a stock model without major upgrades. Its features included a side-swept exhaust, performance wheels, and a manual transmission.
The owner had driven the Mustang for 2,000 miles since its purchase nearly a decade ago.
Why The Diablo?
There’s something inherently captivating about the Lamborghini Diablo, especially one from its inaugural 1991 production year. Despite its rawness, characterized by the absence of power steering and a demanding clutch, it has yet to deter aficionados like Dennis Collins. The Diablo’s mesmerizing symphony from its 5.7-liter 12-cylinder engine, coupled with a surprisingly low mileage (only 33,000 km on the odo), makes it an irresistible piece for any collection.
Moreover, the all-black interior appears to be in immaculate condition, showing no signs of wear and tear. Dennis asserts that the Diablo’s interior fits him well, and its ergonomics are comfortable even for someone tall. He humorously adds that this is one of the reasons he decided to sell the M1.
Does the Murcielago finished in Yellow still make “a Bold Statement”?
If Diablo is about embracing raw power, the Murcielago is a testament to audacious aesthetics. The 2004 model is a head-turner, bathed in a hard-to-ignore yellow hue. The car has an odometer reading of 21,994 miles.
The car’s 6.2-liter, 12-cylinder engine enhances its appeal, explaining why Collins found it irresistible. Furthermore, it features a gated transmission and still sports its original Dayco tires from 2004. Notably, this car is louder than the Diablo. Its considerable width might pose logistical concerns, but the scissor doors offer some practicality, especially when the driver is exiting.
Ever the discreet collector, Collins remains tight-lipped about the exact price tags of his new acquisitions. Nevertheless, market research gives us a ballpark. A 1991 Lamborghini Diablo sits comfortably between $127,000 to $169,000, with Collins’ particular model nestling somewhere in between, given its split dashboard and modifications.
On the other hand, the 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago could range from $180,000, potentially skyrocketing to $232,000, if it’s deemed in excellent condition. Collins’ yellow jewel could very well be touching the upper echelon of this bracket.
Betrayal or upgrade? We explain
Brand loyalty in the automotive sphere is more than just about logos; it’s an extension of one’s identity. While many may see Dennis Collins’ shift from a BMW M1 to a Lamborghini as a betrayal, it reflects his evolving taste.
And if the goal is to cherish the masterpieces of automotive engineering, Collins might have just upgraded his passion and gifted the world with a spectacle to behold.