What we know is Pardo's been telling folks before the Detroit Auto SHow he thought he'd be fired "sometime soon." We've now been told by a very trusted source he's been either fired or asked to leave the automaker in the next few weeks.
We attempted to reach Pardo, but he's unavailable and currently out of the country. Still, we're reporting the news because we feel our source is correct and the information's accurate. We asked Ford to comment and were given a "no comment." Don't read anything into that non-response because Ford routinely doesn't comment on employment actions regarding staff. We're also not sure Camilo would be able to say anything anyway if we were to ask him, as he'd more than likely have some kind of a non-disclosure agreement.
The news Camilo Pardo, the designer of the gorgeous Ford GT, has been asked to leave Ford comes as a shock to us. Even more shocking is the news we hear he'd basically been sidelined the past couple of years doing sketches of non-notable items like side-view mirrors.
Despite our highly credible sources, we're hoping this is just a rumor and nothing more. It'd be a shame to see more Pardo-less designs coming out of Ford. Frankly, they need all the design help they can get these days — and the thought of guys like J Mays — designer behind the 500, Freestyle and the Jaguar XF — continuing their reign of Pardo-less designs makes us shudder a little more than usual about the future of this company. Pardo's a guy who can make lines of millionaire Ford GT owners queue up on command for a chance to get a signed autograph. Although we love Peter Horbury's big balls, I don't see him or J Mays getting that kind of attention at auto shows. If this news is truly true, it's a sad day indeed for FoMoCo fan-boys.