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October 22, 2018

The Art of Giugiaro

by Mike – 

Giorgetto Giugiaro comes from a family of traditional Italian artists. He decided at an early age to take his artistic talents in a different direction. He started designing cars at Fiat and later Bertone and Ghia.

Pictured here are some of my favorite Giugiaro designed cars.

De Tomaso Mangusta

De Tomaso Mangusta

The beautiful Mangusta photo above is by Jonathan Root who is a photographer in the UK.

In 1968 Giugiaro started his own company, Ital Design, now known as Italdesign Giugiaro. He sold this company to Volkswagen in 2010.

Maserati Bora

Maserati Bora

Maserati Merak

Maserati Merak

Giugiaro is such a talented designer that he was the cover story of the March 1969 issue of Road & Track. In 1999 he was elected the Car Designer of the Century, an international award given to the most influential car designer of the 20th century, voted on by automobile journalists.

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli Spyder

Maserati Ghibli Spyder

In the Road & Track article the writer, Pete Coltrin says, “As an individual he dominates his art as perhaps no one has before. Acknowledged as the best by most of his colleagues and rivals, he is also considered the best by countless other lovers of the art who don’t even know his name.” This was in 1969!

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Ferrari 250 GT Bertone

Ferrari 250 GT Bertone

Iso Rivolta GT

Iso Rivolta GT

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo prototype

Ghia 450SS

Ghia 450SS

Bizzarrini Manta

Bizzarrini Manta

The Bizzarrini Manta was the first design of the new company Ital Design.

Read about the Ghia 450SS, the Bizzarrini GT 5300, the Iso Grifo, the Maserati Ghibli and the Maserati Bora.

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