The Best Giorgetto Giugiaro Designs

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Giorgetto Giugiaro. Now repeat it three times. Got it? It's one of the biggest names in the business, but don't blame him for switching to the more user friendly Italdesign in 1968. Before doing that though, he also created some beautiful shapes at Bertone and Ghia. After all, they don't name someone Car designer of the century for doing an average job.


Born in northern Italy, one of his earliest works was the Gordon GT, a British luxury tourer with a Chevy small block, and an aluminium body crafted at Bertone. Oh, and the best logo in the universe. In 1963, Mazda wanted to make sure their first car was up to the job, so they asked for the Italians help as well. Of the 400,000 Familias made, around 3% made it abroad. While being in the oriental mood, he also designed a nice coupe for Isuzu. He had a go with the Mustang as well...

Probably to make the family proud, after some Isos, he also helped keeping Maseraties and DeTomasos awesome, but his best was yet to come. In 1972, Lotus took the show in Turin with the Esprit concept, the first of Giugiaro's "folded paper" design cars. Of course the Lotus was too expensive for the masses, so after some casual sketching, the VW Golf (Rabbit to you) was introduced in 1974. Three years later, he went further with a fantastic Lamborghini named BMW M1. No wonder the Bavarians asked for him again while fantasising about the Nazca.

Forget the FSO Polonez! When talking about icons, one should rather mention the DeLorean DMC-12, the gullwinged financial disaster that was shining on every childs wall for about two decades. Maybe more. After this, the master relaxed a bit by creating an equally unsuccessful pasta called Marille. We would like ours al dente please...


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His work for Bizzarrini also deserves recognition. He penned the classic (if slab-sided) 5300 GT/race car, as well as the totally-unbelievable Manta. Here's the 5300 GT and the Manta is in replies. Brace yourself.

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