• Aug 12, 2008


Click to view a gallery of the Lamborghini Zagato Raptor

If you thought the Lamborghini Reventon was as exclusive as Bolognese supercars get, feast your eyes on the Zagato Raptor. The one-off concept car unveiled at the 1996 Geneva show took on the insurmountable task of supplanting the Diablo (on which it's based) on the bedroom walls of enthusiastic children worldwide.

The concept car borrowed its mechanics from the Diablo VT, but while it retained the Lambo's 492-hp V12, in a gesture to insanity it did away with the traction control and ABS. The design, which Zagato appears to have echoed with the Spyker C12 concept, features the carrozzeria's signature double-bubble roof that tilts up with the doors not unlike the canopy on Pininfarina's Maserati Birdcage or Giugiaro's Quaranta concepts. The Raptor was developed in conjunction with Swiss sledding champion Alain Wicki (yes, he has his own Wikipedia entry), and while public reception was hot, the car was never put into production. All that remains is this one original show car, which is now going up for auction at Pebble Beach by the auctioneers at the Blackhawk Collection.

Check out the images in the gallery below. Thanks for the tip, Jonathon!


[Source: Blackhawk Collection]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      90's Spyker?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that's the ugliest car i've ever seen.
      I'm talking worse than the Pontiac Aztek.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks like it would be a wild ride, mostly due to the havoc that large monocoque must've wreaked on the stiffness of the chassis. It'd be like riding on a V-12 powered skateboard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although its certainly not the prettiest Lambo. It is a unique opportunity to own a very rare and special car. "1 of 1" is probably what will draw the most collectors to this particular auction.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you hadn't told me it was a Lamborghini underneath, I might've liked it...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd put a poster of that on my wall
      • 6 Years Ago
      Strangely, it looks a LOT like a Ferrari FXX predecessor. Weird.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd buy that for a dollar!