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For those of you who are lovers of design, as I am, and are
also into Lambo history, the following on the Canto (Diablo successor
before Audi) may be of interest.

Check out the book:
Zagato 1990-2000 by Joanne Marshall
Published in the year 2000 in Italy

On pg 15 there is a nice color rendering of what the Canto Spyder would
have looked like, and on pgs 46-51 are wonderful color plates of the
Canto Coupe. My favorite is on pg 50 showing the original
Canto concept on the ramp at an Air Force base. The rear scoops had
not grown too big at that point and it looks rather nice in my opinion.

Since I found the book when I was at the Ferrari Factory Store (kittycorner
from the Ferrari Factory entrance) a few weeks ago, it is hard to find in the
U.S. perhaps, so the contact info from the book jacket follows for my
fellow US Lambo enthusiasts).

Giorgio Nada Editore
Via Claudio Treves, 15/17
1-20090 Vimodrone-MI
Tel: +39 02 27301126
http://www.giorgionadaeditore.it

Larry
 

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Just my opinion:
Audi did Lamborghini a huge favor by killing the L147 Canto project in favor of the Murcielago. The Canto is an excellent design, no doubt about it, and I like almost all of Zagato's work as a design aficianado myself. But it doesn't look like a Lamborghini, you know? Audi doesn't know some of the things that it should about the company, but at least it knew that. The Mucielago was a better advancement on the Diablo, both technologically and from a design standpoint. I'd like everyone else's input on this matter.
 

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I agree about the Murcielago, and my interest is mostly historical.

But I disagree that the Canto doesn't look like a Diablo.

To me it looks very Diablo based - like a Zagato Diablo if you will.

The book also mentions (the book is in Italian and English) that because
of time to market concerns, the spec called for Zagato to maintain the same chasis dimensions, windscreen, A-posts and door structure as the Diablo.
Perhaps that is a partial reason why it looks so Diablo influenced to me.

The intention here wasn't to open old wounds, but to point out a
source of historical information on a past design.

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You didn't "open old wounds," no worries. I just thought it would be a good chance to have a discussion about it, now that it's been brought to the table.
 
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