Awesome Lamborghini-Based One-Off Features A Fighter Jet Canopy

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And you can now own it.

Concept cars often feature ridiculous features that will never make production, such as the Saab Aero X Concept with its fighter jet-style canopy to get in and out. But rewind back to the 1996 Geneva Motor Show and coach-builder Zagato actually created a supercar with a cockpit canopy design. Zagato has recently worked with Aston Martin to modify the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera but back in 1996, it partnered with Lamborghini to build a car called the Raptor.

The Zagato Raptor was based on Diablo VT running gear but cut nearly 300 kilograms (661 pounds) from the Italian supercar. Since it never went into production, only one was ever built. But it is now being sold at auction by RM Sotheby's in Abu Dhabi on November 30, 2019.

The Zagato Raptor was one of the first cars to be styled using computer-aided design equipment, meaning the entire car only took four months to complete under the direction of chief designer Nori Harada. It uses a Lamborghini drivetrain but the chassis is a bespoke tubular space-frame wrapped in a carbon-fiber body. Like a Ferrari F40, the body hinges backward to reveal the V12 engine but uniquely hinges forward as well to allow access into the futuristic cabin.

Inside, the Raptor looks a bit more futuristic than most '90s supercars and is finished almost entirely in a suede material. We particularly like the metal gated manual shifter, which looks like a piece of art. The opening roof panel features Zagato's signature 'double-bubble' design and can even be removed entirely to create a roadster.

The Diablo was the predecessor to the modern Aventador and the later VT version was powered by a 5.7-liter V12 producing 485 horsepower going out to a six-speed manual transmission. Since the Raptor was lighter than the Diablo, 0-60 mph took less than four seconds and the top speed was rumored to be over 200 mph. This is a rare chance to own a one-of-a-kind Zagato concept car and we assume it will sell for big money when it crosses the auction block.

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