With a history spanning nearly 5 decades, as far back as the Lamborghini 3500 GTZ of 1965, Automobili Lamborghini and coachbuilder Zagato are at it again, this time unveiling the 2014 Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato; a modern interpretation of a collectible super sports car.
Zagato used the Gallardo LP 570-4 as their basis for the 5-95 Zagato. The coachbuilder stayed within the technical constraints of the Gallardo, styling a body to reflect an “instant classic” that is “fascinating, rare and a pure expression of the brand it stands for.”
"We have chosen the Gallardo because it is 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,” said Andrea Zagato. “The Gallardo production figures exceeded the whole Lamborghini production since its foundation."
Zagato says the 5-95 takes many cues from the Lamborghini Raptor, a model that the coachbuilder made in 1996 for the Geneva Motor Show. The 5-95 features a pillarless look, functional intakes (including the side intakes similar to the Raptor) and details, including an aeronautical-style cockpit.
The 5-95 Zagato was commissioned by renowned car collector Albert Speiss who sought to add to his extensive collection of rare and one-off Zagatos. In his collection is the 1990 Alfa Romeo S.Z., a 1993 Alfa Romeo R.Z., a 1985 Aston Martin V8 Zagato and a 2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato.
"I always appreciated the ability of Zagato to create timeless lines with a forceful visual impact,” said Albert Speiss. “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. The 5-95 will be a fundamental piece of my collection."