Legendary Lamborghini Designer Marcello Gandini Dies at 85

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Legendary automotive designer Marcello Gandini has passed away at the age of 85, as reported by RaiNews, Italy’s state-owned news outlet. Throughout his illustrious career, Gandini left an indelible mark on the automotive world with his iconic designs, particularly during his tenure with Lamborghini.

Gandini’s legacy is synonymous with the creation of some of the most iconic cars in history, including the groundbreaking Miura, the revolutionary Countach, and the menacing Diablo, all of which have adorned the walls of countless enthusiasts as poster cars. His influence extended beyond Lamborghini, with notable contributions to other revered Italian marques such as Lancia (Stratos), Bugatti, and Fiat.

During his time at Bertone, Gandini crafted timeless designs that captivated automotive enthusiasts worldwide. From the sleek lines of the Alfa Romeo Montreal to the bold presence of the Maserati Khamsin, his portfolio exemplified innovation and elegance. Notably, his collaboration with Bertone also produced the original Volkswagen Polo and the Ferrari 308 GT4, further solidifying his reputation as a visionary designer.

Gandini’s creative journey extended beyond his tenure at Bertone, as he continued to shape the automotive landscape independently. Collaborations with manufacturers like Citroën yielded groundbreaking models such as the BX, while his partnership with Renault resulted in the iconic 5 Turbo hatchback. His diverse body of work also includes the original BMW 5 Series, the Lamborghini Espada, and the distinctive Cizeta-Moroder V16T.

Even in his later years, Gandini remained passionate about design, contributing to projects such as the TaMo Racemo, a visionary sportscar concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017. Beyond automotive design, he ventured into industrial and furniture design, showcasing his versatility and creative prowess. In recognition of his immense contributions, Gandini was bestowed with an honorary degree in mechanical engineering by the Polytechnic Institute of Turin earlier this year.

As the automotive world mourns the loss of a true visionary, Marcello Gandini’s enduring legacy will continue to inspire generations of designers and enthusiasts alike. While he may have departed, his timeless creations will forever remain a testament to his unparalleled talent and innovation.


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