This striking matt-orange Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato was unveiled at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza, where it was competing in the concept-car class.
But it’s not really a concept car at all, but a one-off commission by Swiss pork millionaire and collector Albert Spiess. After its Villa d’Este debut the car will go into his private collection, which includes more Lamborghinis and Zagato-bodied cars, and the Maserati 450 S which won Best in Show at this year’s event.
The 5-95 missed out on a class win, the award for best concept going (perhaps unsurprisingly in the marque’s centenary year) to the Maserati Alfieri sports car concept first shown at this year’s Geneva motor show. But although the 5-95 might not go on to inspire future production cars (its underpinnings are stock Gallardo LP570-4, and not the new Huracan that has just replaced it) it is perhaps truer to the 1920s origins of the Villa d’Este show as a place to display the great, unique, coachbuilt commissions of the day.
Will we see others like it? Autocar reports the design (styled by Stephane Schwarz) has been ‘approved’ by VW Group design director Walter Da Silva. So send your blank cheques to Zagato and… who knows!
Photography: Richard Pardon