Oliver Winterbottom on the Khamsin
‘I could look at this all day. There’s something about the Italians and their ability to get a line absolutely right, as seen here. You know this couldn’t have been done by the Germans, the Japanese or the British. Gandini did some wonderful work and I think this is perhaps the best car he ever did. Look at the balance of it. You don’t get the sense that he got stuck in a corner and didn’t know what to do. The line and proportions are exquisite.
‘ The glass rear serves to make the tail look high, which is what you want with a dart-like profile, and adds a lot of interest and drama. It’s a bit like the gullwing doors on the Delorean: it’s something for people to talk about. I love the asymmetrical bonnet vents too. Gandini even managed to make a heater intake look interesting. It’s a truly fabulous car. The only thing wrong here is that I don’t own one.’