|Born||26 August 1938|
|Known for||Lamborghini Countach|
Marcello Gandini (born 26 August 1938) is an Italian car designer, known for his work with the automotive design house Gruppo Bertone, including his designs of the Lamborghini Miura, Countach, and the Lamborghini Diablo.
In a 2009 interview with Robert Cumberford, editor at Automobile Magazine, Gandini indicated, "his design interests are focused on vehicle architecture, construction, assembly, and mechanisms – not appearance."
Life and career
The son of an orchestral conductor, Gandini, was born in Turin.
In 1963, he approached Nuccio Bertone, head of the Gruppo Bertone company, for work. However, Giorgetto Giugiaro, then Bertone's chief designer, opposed him being hired. When Giugiaro left Bertone two years later, Gandini was hired, and worked for the company for fourteen years.
Creator of Stile Bertone in Caprie, Gandini served as general manager of the styling house, designing show cars as well as managing the construction of prototype automobiles.
Gandini designed Lamborghini's groundbreaking mid-engined Miura and extreme Countach in 1973, as well as many practical cars such as the Citroën BX, the first-generation BMW 5 Series (E12), the Innocenti Mini, and the Renault Supercinq. He introduced the concept of scissor doors with the Alfa Romeo 33 Carabo prototype, while the Lancia Stratos sports car was another Gandini design.
Gandini left Bertone in 1980, pursuing freelance automotive, industrial, and interior design.
Gandini has worked in other areas, including home architecture, the design of a nightclub interior, and the body styling of the Heli-Sport CH-7 helicopter.
Gandini car designs include:
- Alfa Romeo Montreal concept and production version
- Alfa Romeo 33 Carabo
- Alfa Romeo Navajo
- Autobianchi A112
- Autobianchi A112 Runabout
- Bertone Pirana
- Bugatti EB 110 (prototypes)
- BMW 5 Series (E12), including the concept Garmisch in 1970
- Citroën BX
- Citroën GS Camargue
- Cizeta-Moroder V16T
- De Tomaso Biguà (Qvale Mangusta)
- De Tomaso Pantera SI
- De Tomaso Pantera 'Prossima Generazione'
- Dino/Ferrari 308 GT4
- Ferrari Rainbow
- Fiat 132
- Fiat X1/9
- Iso Lele
- Iso Grifo 90
- Iso Grifo 96
- Jaguar Ascot
- Lamborghini Bravo
- Lamborghini Countach
- Lamborghini P140
- Lamborghini Diablo (prototypes)
- Lamborghini P147 Acosta
- Lamborghini Espada
- Lamborghini Jarama
- Lamborghini Miura
- Lamborghini Urraco
- Lamborghini Marzal
- Lancia Stratos Zero
- Lancia Stratos
- Lancia Sibilo
- Maserati Khamsin
- Maserati Ghibli II
- Maserati Quattroporte II (1974–1978) & IV (1994–2001)
- Maserati Shamal
- Maserati Chubasco
- 1st and 2nd Maserati Biturbos facelift
- Nissan AP-X
- NSU Trapeze
- Perodua Kancil (facelift)
- Renault 5 Turbo
- Renault 5 Supercinq
- Renault Magnum
- TaMo Racemo
- Stola S81 Stratos
- Stola S86 Diamante
- Volvo Tundra
1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo concept
1968 Lamborghini Miura S
1970 BMW 2002ti Garmisch concept
1970 Lancia Stratos Zero concept
1972 BMW 5 Series (1st generation)
1973 Lancia Stratos
1974 Maserati Khamsin
1976 Ferrari Rainbow concept at left, and 1973 Ferrari GT4 at right
1982 Citroën BX Hatchback became one of the best-selling Citroën models
1990 Maserati Shamal
2000 Stola S81 Stratos concept
- ^ a b c d e f g h "Marcello Gandini – Automotive Designer". Automobile Magazine, Robert Cumberford, October 2009.
- ^ Banks, Nargess (2021-06-14). "Livro revela os carros preferidos dos colecionadores: Ferraris, Bugattis e Lamborghinis raros e exóticos estão na lista". Forbes Brasil. Retrieved 2021-06-14.
- ^ a b c "The Stars & Cars of Bertone". Road & Track: 78. November 2014.
- ^ The Lancia Sibilo Was Nuts Even By 1970s Concept Car Standards – Jalopnik
- ^ "Perodua Kancil by Marcello Gandini". carrozzieri-italiani.com. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
- ^ "Stratos S81". blutecsrl.it. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
|Photo of Marcello Gandini (right) with Robert Cumberford, editor at Automobile Magazine|
- Fiat X1/9 web site
- BMW Designers Marcello Gandini on the page with an overview of automotive designers working for BMW.
- Marcello Gandini: Maestro of Design by Gautam Sen. A complete two volume set featuring the designs and biography of Marcello Gandini.