Ferrari design guru dies

| 22 Nov 2011

Sergio Scaglietti – the Italian styling legend who penned the lines for Ferrari’s 250GTO and other motoring icons – passed away on Sunday, aged 91.A close friend of Enzo Ferrari, Scaglietti’s name has long been intertwined with the marquee ever since Il Commendatore’s Scuderia days. His studio was responsible for the exquisite lines of some of the company’s seminal models, including the Pontoon Testa Rossa, 750 Monza and 500 Mondial.Born on 9 January 1920, Scaglietti’s talent for shaping metal was discovered when he took a job in a local garage after dropping out of school to support his familyaged just 13. His flair for repairing bodywork was spotted by Ferrari after Scaglietti was asked to mend one of his cars.  Following several assignments for the Maranello factory, Scaglietti went out on his own in 1951, founding Carrozzeria Scaglietti.Early high-profile commissions included bodying a 375MM for actress Ingrid Bergman while Scaglietti rapidly became known for his remarkable ability to shape designs without putting pen to paper.Scaglietti’s company was incorporated into Ferrari in the mid-’70s and he remained an active part of Ferrari design until he retired in the 1980s.

"Today is a sad day for Ferrari. We lost a friend who had his name forever connected to the prancing horse. Sergio Scaglietti leaves behind the legacy of an artist who, with his talent, created some of the most beautiful cars in our history. Those who were fortunate enough to know him like I did will also remember him as a straightforward and honest man, completely dedicated to his work. We will miss him," said Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo .The sports car manufacturer named its latest four-seater, the 612 Scaglietti, in honour of the stylist.