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Designer Marcello Gandini Passes

He designed everyone’s favorite cars (and then some)


Some of you may know the names of famous designers. Others of you may not. For those of you in the latter, Marcelo Gandini is the kind of guy you ought to know because you know his cars. You love his cars. He passed away last week at the age of 85.

1975 Lancia Stratos HF - Jay Leno's Garage
1975 Lancia Stratos HF | Jay Leno’s Garage

His reputation began to catch a wave once he was hired as chief designer at Bertone when he was 27. Within several years, he would design the Lamborghini Miura and the Alfa Romeo Carabo show car, the latter which led to the creation of the production Lamborghini Countach. Did I mention the Lancia Stratos?

1985 Citroen BX

Gandini didn’t rely on sports cars or Italian companies to strut his stuff, having designed the first BMW 5-series, Volkswagen Polo Mark I, Renault 5 Supercinq, Citroen BX, and others. The latter two were designed as a freelancer, as Gandini left Bertone in 1979.

Alfa Romeo Carabo Concept

Enjoy the above and below images of some of the cars Marcelo Gandi had a hand in designing.

Lamborghini Countach
Unveiled March 11, 1971 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Countach was the schoolboy’s dream machine with posters papering bedroom walls around the world | Lamborghini photos
Maserati Khamsin
Cizeta-Moroder V16T
308 GT4, the first road-going Ferrari V8
Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


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