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by Tim Beissmann

The one-of-a-kind Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato has been unveiled at the weekend’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Switzerland.

The striking supercar was commissioned by one of the world’s great collectors of Zagato cars, Albert Spiess, to both celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Milanese design house and commemorate the Sant’Agata sports car manufacturer’s most successful ever model, the Lamborghini Gallardo.

Zagato CEO Andrea Zagato said it was appropriate to use the Gallardo (in this case, an LP570-4) as the basis for the one-off, describing it as “the most sensational project in Lamborghini’s history”.

“An extraordinary car, perfect in engineering terms, that has brought the image of the Bull from a ‘cottage industry’ to a worldwide major industrial reality,” Zagato said.

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Thrilled with the final design, Spiess said the 5-95 Zagato was now “a fundamental piece of my collection”.

“I always appreciated the ability of Zagato to create timeless lines with a forceful visual impact,” he said.

“I believe that a sensual design inspired by nature, together with the best technology, strike a perfect balance that is possible to achieve only in Italy.”

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The 5-95 Zagato blends Lamborghini’s signature wedge-shaped silhouette with Zagato’s trademark curves.

A large, rounded lower intake dominates the front, while a black mesh rear panel with protruding circular tail-lights create a unique look at the typically truncated back-end.

The ‘pillar-less’ body channels Zagatos of the 1940s and 1980s and creates a floating panel that incorporates a rear air scoop and the designer’s famous ‘double-bubble’ roof.

The Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato joins the 1985 Aston Martin V8 Zagato and 2012 V12 Zagato, and 1990 Alfa Romeo S.Z. and 1993 R.Z. in Spiess’ collection, among several other Lamborghinis and one-off creations.




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