Famed Car Designer Marcello Gandini Dies at 85

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Legendary Car Designer Marcello Gandini Dies At The Age Of 85

Marcello Gandini, the Italian design virtuoso whose illustrious career birthed automotive icons such as the Lamborghini Countach, the Citroën BX, and the Renault 5 ‘Supercinq’, has passed away at the age of 85.

For many enthusiasts, a car poster adorning their walls likely bore Gandini’s signature touch. Renowned for his striking designs, Gandini left an indelible mark on the automotive world, particularly with his creations for Lamborghini, including the revolutionary Miura and the legendary Countach.

He also birthed the iconic Lancia Stratos and pioneered the iconic butterfly doors, immortalized by the Countach. Among his notable Italian contributions are the Alfa Romeo Montreal, the second-generation Maserati Ghibli, and the Fiat X1/9.

Famed Car Designer Marcello Gandini Dies at 85
Famed Car Designer Marcello Gandini Dies at 85 (Credits: Car Buzz)

Yet Gandini’s influence extended far beyond flashy supercars, as he also lent his creative genius to less flamboyant but equally significant models. Under his visionary guidance, the Citroën BX emerged as a daringly unconventional design for its era, while he masterfully followed up on the immensely popular Renault 5 with aplomb.

Gandini played a pivotal role in shaping the first generation of the BMW 5-series and even ventured into the realm of commercial vehicles with the striking Renault Magnum.

Gandini’s versatility knew no bounds, transcending various automotive markets with his innovative designs. His passing in Rivoli, near his birthplace of Turin, marks the end of an era.

Despite his advanced age, Gandini’s sudden demise has shocked the automotive community, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come.

In January, in a fitting tribute to his lifelong dedication, Gandini was posthumously awarded an honorary doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin.


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