Marcello Gandini

Marcello Gandini ( born August 26, 1938 in Turin, Italy ) is an Italian automobile designer. He belongs with Giorgetto Giugiaro and Leonardo Fioravanti, who were also born in 1938, to the three great Italian designers of the 1970s. Gandini created bodies both for exclusive sports cars as well as for large-scale models. Among his most famous designs include the Lamborghini Miura, the Countach Lamborghini or the Lancia Stratos. They were created during his time as chief designer at Bertone. Since 1980 he has been an independent automotive designer.


Gandini worked since the late 1950s as an industrial designer in Italy, without first having reference to the automobile industry. His first automobile body he designed in 1958 on behalf of a friend for an OSCA chassis.

From 1965 to 1980 - chief designer at Bertone

1963 Gandini at Bertone tried to get a job as a car designer. However, Bertone's former chief designer Giorgetto Giugiaro spoke out against the same age from Gandini Two years later, in November 1965, Giugiaro moved to Carrozzeria Ghia. Shortly after he left Bertone, Nuccio Bertone Gandini hired as the new head designer. Gandini had not worked in the automotive industry. His first project for Bertone was unveiled in the 1966 Lamborghini Miura. A special feature of this car is the transverse-mounted mid-engine, which is located directly behind the seats and thus ensures optimal weight distribution.

Over the years Gandini designed many famous vehicles for Bertone, mainly sports cars for the brands Lamborghini and Maserati, as well as everyday vehicles, such as the Fiat 132, the first generation of the BMW 5 - series or the Citroën BX.

Also during his time at Bertone, the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 was Carabo prototype. It was the first vehicle to feature scissor doors - also known as Lamborghini Style Doors.

Since 1980

1980 Gandini left Bertone and founded his own design studio near Turin. In the 1980s a close bond to Alejandro de Tomaso Gandini, which at the time was, inter alia, the sports car manufacturer Maserati and De Tomaso included. Gandini designed a series of bodies for both brands. He was often limited for reasons of cost on updating an existing basic concept. So Gandini developed from the Maserati Biturbo Maserati Shamal, and for model year 1990, he revised 20 years ago, designed by Tom Tjaarda body of the De Tomaso Pantera. Completely re- designed, however, were the Maserati Quattroporte IV and the Qvale Mangusta, originally the De Tomaso Biguá should come on the market. A special feature of Gandini's designs in the 1990s were capped rear wheel arches, which were evident in varying degrees in most of its vehicles this period.

As a freelance designer, he no longer deals exclusively with vehicle design, but also architecture, night club interior or the appearance of the " Heli- Sport CH- 7" - helicopter.

Automotive designs

Gandini designed many classics, including:

  • Alfa Romeo Montreal
  • Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Carabo
  • BMW 5-Series (1st generation)
  • Bugatti EB110
  • Citroën BX
  • Cizeta Moroder V16T -
  • De Tomaso Pantera 90 Si
  • Ferrari Dino 308 GT 4
  • Fiat 132
  • Fiat X1 / 9
  • Lamborghini Countach
  • Lamborghini Diablo
  • Lamborghini Espada
  • Lamborghini Jarama
  • Lamborghini Miura
  • Lamborghini Urraco
  • Lancia Stratos
  • Maserati Khamsin
  • Maserati Quattroporte II
  • Maserati Quattroporte IV
  • Maserati Shamal
  • Maserati Ghibli II
  • Renault 5 Supercinq
  • De Tomaso Biguá, later marketed as Qvale Mangusta